5 reasons Corey Kent White will take down Sawyer Fredericks to win ‘The Voice’

In a recent poll at Gold Derby, readers overwhelmingly endorsed Sawyer Fredericks as the favorite to win it all on this season of “The Voice.”

You’re all wrong! I would like to counter that endorsement and argue that the winner of this season of the popular NBC show will be none other than Corey Kent White on Team Blake, and here’s why:

Related: Could Sawyer Fredericks be the runaway winner for ‘The Voice’?

Country Music WINS  –

Last year when asked why I predicted Craig Wayne Boyd to win since the first week, even though he had been dropped twice and tossed around from team to team, it was a very simple reason: country music. It is a common trend on reality singing competitions that country singers do well – especially if they have an ounce of talent. If they have a LOT of talent, it will be a landslide.

Even though “The Voice” has yet to launch a superstar to the likes of its competitor “American Idol,” the biggest success stories from this show are still in country music. Even non-winners like the Swon Brothers have enjoyed success on country radio and multiple nominations at various award shows. White has established himself as the country singer to beat after taking out Cody Wickline, the early frontrunner for coach Blake Shelton, in the knockout round.

The Heartthrob Factor –

We all know teenage girls can dominate anything that involves online voting – and they love a teen heartthrob. White looks like country music’s wholesome counter-punch to Justin Bieber.

Social Media Matters –

While many Gold Derby voters were falsely believing Fredericks was this year’s frontrunner, many failed to realize that White has twice as many Twitter followers. He has already launched a full-service website where hats and t-shirts are available for purchase. This kid has an established following, and if it ever comes down to a “Twitter save,” he won’t be going anywhere.

Sheer Talent –

Beyond the superficial reasons already mentioned, it really does take talent to win this particular reality program. Fredericks is easy to cheer for – he’s quirky, interesting and talented. But White is a singer/songwriter who I believe will prove he can go toe-to-toe when it comes to talent. It is possible he already surpasses him in the vocal category for which this show is named.

Blake Shelton is King –

It can’t be ignored that Shelton has already won this show four times. He knows how to cater to his contestants and he chooses songs that America wants to hear.  White’s coach, Pharrell Williams, is a musical genius but has simply not figured out how to prevail yet. He has a tendency to choose “interesting” songs for his contestants, failing to realize that sometimes a simple power ballad is the easiest way to buy yourself another week.

Related: Which of these 13 artists will win ‘The Voice’?

Well, my fellow Derbyites – consider yourself warned about going for the “unique, quirky, artsy” type.  Everyone loves an earthy musician like Fredericks, but if you are trying to pick a winner – you’re looking in the wrong direction. Corey Kent White for the win!

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57 thoughts on “5 reasons Corey Kent White will take down Sawyer Fredericks to win ‘The Voice’

  1. Sawyer will not have to win ‘The Voice’ to be successful! He embodies something that goes way beyond winning a singing show. I can speak for many in thanking ‘The Voice’ for introducing his incredible talent to the world! He is a breath of fresh air to anyone who appreciates artistry and music that comes straight from the soul!

  2. Sawyer may not be the final ‘Voice’ winner, but Sawyer has star power. Sawyer does things to people when he sings, its more than just a performance, more than a song, he makes lets you feel emotions. He has a big career ahead of him.

  3. Regardless of Sawyer winning the voice or not, I’ll be buying every song and every album he produce, and will be in line to buy his concert tickets. So he is already the winner to me.

  4. Regardless of Sawyer winning the voice or not, I’ll be buying every song and every album he produce, and will be in line to buy his concert tickets. So he is already the winner to me.

  5. Sawyer Fredricks is most definitely going to win! And I think the coaches already know it and have known it since his first performance. He has a gift that no one else on that show has. There is just something so unexplainably special about him. Go Sawyer!!!

  6. Sawyer has something very unique and special. His appeal and magnetism alone are head and shoulders above the others.

  7. This is laughable. “Sheer talent”? You do realize that Sawyer is a singer/songwriter as well, right? And it’s highly debatable whether or not their content is even close to being equal in terms of solidity and originality. Even if they’re equal in that category, Sawyer has something that can’t be taught, and is extremely unique. The coaches know he’s got star power. They’re impressed. Corey, on the other hand, is nothing special. You can find 200 more just like him (and twice as handsome) in Nashville. One lucky guess last season on a contestant (that honestly did not have the talent to win) does not make you omniscient. The people participating in that poll are the ones that are going to be voting for them. What does that tell you, if Sawyer won? It means he’s got a hell of a lot higher chance at winning this whole thing. Just look at the comments on this article!

  8. I never EVER post anywhere. . However, this kid Sawyer is something special… And the potential? ! $@ Not taking anything away from the other kid, but he’s very ordinary. . Very good, but nothing special.. The ONLY thing Sawyer lacks a bit is range, but he’s only 15.. He’ll get there with training.. And Coreys range isn’t all that either.. Sawyer = a future legend possibly.. Cory= very good, but ordinary. .nothing special. .. No comparison. . at all..

  9. I never EVER post anywhere. . However, this kid Sawyer is something special… And the potential? ! $@ Not taking anything away from the other kid, but he’s very ordinary. . Very good, but nothing special.. The ONLY thing Sawyer lacks a bit is range, but he’s only 15.. He’ll get there with training.. And Coreys range isn’t all that either.. Sawyer = a future legend possibly.. Cory= very good, but ordinary. .nothing special. .. No comparison. . at all..

  10. I never EVER post anywhere. . However, this kid Sawyer is something special… And the potential? ! $@ Not taking anything away from the other kid, but he’s very ordinary. . Very good, but nothing special.. The ONLY thing Sawyer lacks a bit is range, but he’s only 15.. He’ll get there with training.. And Coreys range isn’t all that either.. Sawyer = a future legend possibly.. Cory= very good, but ordinary. .nothing special. .. No comparison. . at all..

  11. I never EVER post anywhere. . However, this kid Sawyer is something special… And the potential? ! $@ Not taking anything away from the other kid, but he’s very ordinary. . Very good, but nothing special.. The ONLY thing Sawyer lacks a bit is range, but he’s only 15.. He’ll get there with training.. And Coreys range isn’t all that either.. Sawyer = a future legend possibly.. Cory= very good, but ordinary. .nothing special. .. No comparison. . at all..

  12. I never EVER post anywhere. . However, this kid Sawyer is something special… And the potential? ! $@ Not taking anything away from the other kid, but he’s very ordinary. . Very good, but nothing special.. The ONLY thing Sawyer lacks a bit is range, but he’s only 15.. He’ll get there with training.. And Coreys range isn’t all that either.. Sawyer = a future legend possibly.. Cory= very good, but ordinary. .nothing special. .. No comparison. . at all..

  13. I never EVER post anywhere. . However, this kid Sawyer is something special… And the potential? ! $@ Not taking anything away from the other kid, but he’s very ordinary. . Very good, but nothing special.. The ONLY thing Sawyer lacks a bit is range, but he’s only 15.. He’ll get there with training.. And Coreys range isn’t all that either.. Sawyer = a future legend possibly.. Cory= very good, but ordinary. .nothing special. .. No comparison. . at all..

  14. Sawyer is not marketing himself like the other. Because he is different. He will not be a flas in the pan like anyone els . Not saying this country guy won’t win but sawyer will be around for many years to com .

  15. I’m surprised more isn’t being made about “India”; at the end of the season, she could well be the winner. In terms of vocals, let’s be serious: she is a pro among amateurs and it really shows. Don’t get me wrong, the public vote is mysterious, and can’t be predicted. Maybe Sawyer, being so young and cute and singing songs from the 80’s, maybe 70’s too gives the one/two punch–cause older people can relate to the song choices, and they like the young kid–and the young girls like him too. But remember, winning the voice does not necessarily mean selling music–for that India will make a fortune, and if she does not win the Voice, it will only be a small blip on her road to greater success in Theater, film, recordings, you name it. Song writing too, but that is yet to be proved, but you can sum her up this way: she will be big, but she COULD be huge. Prediction: very soon, India Carney will not care all that much how it turned out on the Voice–she is bigger than the show.

  16. I’m surprised more isn’t being made about “India”; at the end of the season, she could well be the winner. In terms of vocals, let’s be serious: she is a pro among amateurs and it really shows. Don’t get me wrong, the public vote is mysterious, and can’t be predicted. Maybe Sawyer, being so young and cute and singing songs from the 80’s, maybe 70’s too gives the one/two punch–cause older people can relate to the song choices, and they like the young kid–and the young girls like him too. But remember, winning the voice does not necessarily mean selling music–for that India will make a fortune, and if she does not win the Voice, it will only be a small blip on her road to greater success in Theater, film, recordings, you name it. Song writing too, but that is yet to be proved, but you can sum her up this way: she will be big, but she COULD be huge. Prediction: very soon, India Carney will not care all that much how it turned out on the Voice–she is bigger than the show.

  17. Corey K White is the least talented vocalist of the three country artists which Blake treated very badly. He used them and then very calculatingly moved Corey to forefront, by downplaying Cody and Kelsey in the rehearsals just prior to knockouts. I ‘ve never believed that the voice had an agenda til now and something was way off in how BS handled this cluster fu*k. He’s either stupid or deceptive. This very site poll had Cody at 58% winner prediction within blake’s team…it later moved up to 70%…Meagan was next at 11% and Corey didn’t even crack 3%…Blake’s aganda for this lil “modern country” artist is lost on me. But this in conjunction with treating Cody, Kelsey and Matt as he did in conjunction with promotion of mediocore talented brat child has demoted BS from the king to nothing me. I can’t stand to hear his voice anymore. He got all the country artist, denied them opportunity for lives cause he didn’t want America to speak on this. He wanted this egocentric lil sh*t so I sure hope you’re wrong about Corey on ur prediction. Country has way too many artist like him already, only they’re more talented. We got a HH, a Tim McGraw and a Rascal Flatts, so what can Corey bring to the genre….NOTHING! What’s he gonna do? Replace Luke B. as the over-aged frat rat of spring breaks? Blake and his strategy is one thing, but depriving us of country artist with real talent negates anything he’s done for the genre IMO.

  18. First of all, I would like to point out that out of the 7 voice seasons, the vast majority have been won by non-country artists. So, your argument that Corey will have a bigger chance of winning because he sings country is invalid. Second of all, Corey probably is the least talented of all the singers currently on The Voice. His voice is not moving, it doesn’t take you anywhere, and it’s not unique. Your argument that Corey will win because of his “teenage heartthrob factor” also is pretty much invalid because not one of the past voice winners is and adorable young male… So far, teenage girls have a lot of stepping up to do as far as voting goes. And, while twitter does matter, Itunes matters more. Twitter is only used for instant saves, where as itunes ALWAYS counts as far as who gets through or not. Sawyer has many times more itunes songs and downloads than Corey. As far as talent goes: in the vast majority of peoples opinions, there is no question about who has more talent. Please tell me you do not enjoy listening to this: = more than this: =eFH9LQLGNbk

  19. I kind of hope Sawyer DOESN’T win. The Voice has a **dismal** track record when it comes to supporting their winners (makes you wonder what’s the problem with republic records), and the last thing I want is to lose sawyer’s music. We’ve seen that Blake does a pretty good job of taking his contestants to the public, but no track record at all for pharrell.

  20. I kind of hope Sawyer DOESN’T win. The Voice has a **dismal** track record when it comes to supporting their winners (makes you wonder what’s the problem with republic records), and the last thing I want is to lose sawyer’s music. We’ve seen that Blake does a pretty good job of taking his contestants to the public, but no track record at all for pharrell.

  21. I kind of hope Sawyer DOESN’T win. The Voice has a **dismal** track record when it comes to supporting their winners (makes you wonder what’s the problem with republic records), and the last thing I want is to lose sawyer’s music. We’ve seen that Blake does a pretty good job of taking his contestants to the public, but no track record at all for pharrell.

  22. Sawyer will win because he is just plain outright the most talented, the most likeable, the sweetest thing this side of heaven with a gift of pipes from God. I am so not one of your teenage girls looking for a heart-throb like Bieber. I am a grown woman with a 2 year old grandson and this young man makes me want to buy records. No other person on The Voice this year makes me want to even spend 99 cents for a single voice performance download. I have purchased every single one of Sawyer’s available and will continue to. I also do not do FaceBook, but if I did I would give him a like. Most definitely. I have followed him on Twitter. I have visited his website and signed his Guest Book. ( His website needs a bit of an over haul, I am a web designer and would happily help him with that. ) Win, lose or draw, Sawyer is the star you alluded to that The Voice has not produced yet. He will be the first. This child is going to be a Grammy award winner.

  23. Sawyer will win because he is just plain outright the most talented, the most likeable, the sweetest thing this side of heaven with a gift of pipes from God. I am so not one of your teenage girls looking for a heart-throb like Bieber. I am a grown woman with a 2 year old grandson and this young man makes me want to buy records. No other person on The Voice this year makes me want to even spend 99 cents for a single voice performance download. I have purchased every single one of Sawyer’s available and will continue to. I also do not do FaceBook, but if I did I would give him a like. Most definitely. I have followed him on Twitter. I have visited his website and signed his Guest Book. ( His website needs a bit of an over haul, I am a web designer and would happily help him with that. ) Win, lose or draw, Sawyer is the star you alluded to that The Voice has not produced yet. He will be the first. This child is going to be a Grammy award winner.

  24. Sawyer will win because he is just plain outright the most talented, the most likeable, the sweetest thing this side of heaven with a gift of pipes from God. I am so not one of your teenage girls looking for a heart-throb like Bieber. I am a grown woman with a 2 year old grandson and this young man makes me want to buy records. No other person on The Voice this year makes me want to even spend 99 cents for a single voice performance download. I have purchased every single one of Sawyer’s available and will continue to. I also do not do FaceBook, but if I did I would give him a like. Most definitely. I have followed him on Twitter. I have visited his website and signed his Guest Book. ( His website needs a bit of an over haul, I am a web designer and would happily help him with that. ) Win, lose or draw, Sawyer is the star you alluded to that The Voice has not produced yet. He will be the first. This child is going to be a Grammy award winner.

  25. If Sawyer wins, he’ll go the likes of Josh Kaufman, Tessanne Chin, etc. They won and we never heard from them again. This show is more like a country talent finder than anything else, as it seems the only even remotely successful acts are full country. Never underestimate the power that Blake has over his ilk. Corey could very well win on Blake’s promoting along and if he keeps him to strict country territory and pulls on the heartstrings like he did with all his other country acts he could win. Pharrell messed up his team royally last season and unless he changed his game BIG TIME watch out for Sawyer because he could go down like SO MANY other early front runners have in past seasons. All it takes it one or two bad songs and they’re out. I like the kid, but he’s really only done one style of song and his Knockout was iffy. Live shows are totally different than pre-recorded shows are, lots of room for errors and bad notes, nerves, etc. to show up.

  26. Corey is by far the least talented of all the contestants. This is coming from a country music fan! Blake Shelton lost me as his supporter the minute he chose Corey to be his golden child. The boy has butchered the great songs of country long enough. I truly hope that fans don’t vote for Blake Shelton but for the actual performer. If they do, Corey will never make it past his terrible live round. Blake cheated two our already that was pitted against Corey. Jacob Rummel won his battle round (he was stolen by Pharell) and Cody Wickline showed country fans true talent and not karaoke singing as Corey did. I don’t know Blake’s agenda but he truly lost me as his fan as did the Voice when such ridiculous pandering to Corey Kent White was done. If the writer of this article would do some research, the facts remain all over the internet, Blake Shelton blundered big time by picking a mediocre singer who has nothing to offer the country genre. I hate how articles are promoting this singer like he is such a great talent to country genre. If anything, Corey Kent White is an insult to the country music lovers who truly want to hear country and not some generic Hunter Hayes/Rascal Flatts wanna be. Cody deserved to be in the lives as the country artist. Then Sawyer just may have had some competition. I am not a Sawyer Fredericks fan. However, the boy does have the talent for his type of singing. I am one that hopes talent wins out when it comes to America’s vote. Because talent definitely didn’t get chosen when Blake Shelton moved Corey Kent White to lives. It is very frustrating to me that I can no longer enjoy this show due to this blatant favoritism by Blake. It isn’t because my favorite lost either. IF he lost fairly, fine. But Blake was already pandering to his picks before the battles began. Watch the battle rounds of Kelsie May and Cody Wickline if you don’t buy what I’m selling. It was obvious that he was going to eliminate Corey’s country competition before they had a chance. Before all scream song choice ruined them, I heard that they have a list of songs to choose from so the choice isn’t exactly theirs after all, now is it?

  27. Corey is by far the least talented of all the contestants. This is coming from a country music fan! Blake Shelton lost me as his supporter the minute he chose Corey to be his golden child. The boy has butchered the great songs of country long enough. I truly hope that fans don’t vote for Blake Shelton but for the actual performer. If they do, Corey will never make it past his terrible live round. Blake cheated two our already that was pitted against Corey. Jacob Rummel won his battle round (he was stolen by Pharell) and Cody Wickline showed country fans true talent and not karaoke singing as Corey did. I don’t know Blake’s agenda but he truly lost me as his fan as did the Voice when such ridiculous pandering to Corey Kent White was done. If the writer of this article would do some research, the facts remain all over the internet, Blake Shelton blundered big time by picking a mediocre singer who has nothing to offer the country genre. I hate how articles are promoting this singer like he is such a great talent to country genre. If anything, Corey Kent White is an insult to the country music lovers who truly want to hear country and not some generic Hunter Hayes/Rascal Flatts wanna be. Cody deserved to be in the lives as the country artist. Then Sawyer just may have had some competition. I am not a Sawyer Fredericks fan. However, the boy does have the talent for his type of singing. I am one that hopes talent wins out when it comes to America’s vote. Because talent definitely didn’t get chosen when Blake Shelton moved Corey Kent White to lives. It is very frustrating to me that I can no longer enjoy this show due to this blatant favoritism by Blake. It isn’t because my favorite lost either. IF he lost fairly, fine. But Blake was already pandering to his picks before the battles began. Watch the battle rounds of Kelsie May and Cody Wickline if you don’t buy what I’m selling. It was obvious that he was going to eliminate Corey’s country competition before they had a chance. Before all scream song choice ruined them, I heard that they have a list of songs to choose from so the choice isn’t exactly theirs after all, now is it?

  28. I wish people would speak for themselves, or at least speak more kindly if they’re going to be my voice. I think they’re both ridiculously talented young men with a rare ability to move an audience with their music. I personally prefer artists with an emotional connection to a song and it’s story over those who rely on voice an impressive note range. Both are deserving artists who sing from the heart, and I don’t see any Bieber resemblance or believe they share many fans for that matter. I may have a preference for Corey since his knockout song moved me the most emotionally, but I definitely don’t discount Sawyer’s talent either.

  29. Nope. When Sawyer Fredricks “I’m a Man of Constant” is currently #77 on iTunes beating artists like Fall out Boy and Nate Ruess’s new hit “Nothing without love” AND he’s listed under COUNTRY on iTunes… he’s basically already won. When I saw that little gem on that list and when you click “related” and you scroll down you will find yourself a list of the top country albums…. I feel lied to.

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