As “The Voice” enters into its top 10 week of competition, we asked our current predictions champ Denton Davidson to provide his very own power ranking of these remaining artists. He is basing his analysis on their previous performances with in-studio audience reactions and their sales on iTunes. He also looked into their Twitter followings, especially the ones with increases in popularity.
Read through his comments below and let us know if you agree or disagree. We need your picks right away about the contenders for coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera, and Pharrell Williams. Hurry — make your predictions about the next live round and you could win our weekly prize of a $100 Amazon gift certificate and a place of honor on our reality TV leaderboards. You have until 5:00 p.m. PT on Tuesday to predict the results. It’s fun and easy, so start now by scrolling down and predicting who will be eliminated next.
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That’s how Davidson, one of Gold Derby’s top predictors, is our champ once again for this week’s prediction contest. Along with just two other people (JasonNolette and SoCA K-Man), he scored 100% by correctly predicting all the results for this Top 12 week. Davidson was also our perfect champ the previous week for the Top 20 episode.
With two artists slated to be knocked out this Tuesday, here are Davidson’s thoughts about each one. They are ranked in order by the worst chance to win this season to the best.
10. Rob Taylor (Team Christina) –
Rob has yet to give one of the standout performances. A solid singer, yes, but he doesn’t stand out from the pack. His iTunes sales were in the middle of the pack last week and he has the least support on twitter among the contestants. Twitter Followers: 5k (10th/10 contestants); Percentage of increase since week 1: 45%. Currently at 8/1 odds, which is third most likely to go home this week.
9. Koryn Hawthorne (Team Pharrell) –
Koryn comes in toward the bottom with an ability to change her own fate. Unlike Rob, she has delivered standout performances and has a “rooting factor” in her favor as an underdog. She is a powerhouse, but she clearly favors gospel which is not a widely popular genre and has yet to develop a serious following on social media. Twitter Followers: 5.1K (9th/10 contestants); Percentage of increase since week 1: 56%. Currently at 16/1 odds, which is fourth most likely to be eliminated this week.
8. Deanna Johnson (Team Adam) –
Deanna has had a shaky start to the live rounds. Despite considering her vocally inferior to both Rob and Koryn, she ranks 8th based on the fact that her social media following is considerably stronger and her iTunes sales weren’t bad. She is also a beautiful girl, which may help her last a few weeks past her expiration date. Twitter Followers: 16k (5th/10 contestants); Percentage of increase since week 1: 96%. Currently at 9/2 odds, which is second most likely to be done this week.
7. India Carney (Team Christina) –
India was one of the frontrunners after the first week, but her stock has consistently gone down in my eyes each week. I don’t find her voice as spectacular as it seems many others do – and she has yet to prove her frontrunner status with any numbers. Her iTunes sales were mediocre and her social media following is on the lower end of the spectrum. I’m not sold on her lasting to the final weeks. Twitter followers: 9.5k (7th/10 contestants); Percentage of increase since week 1: 38%. Currently at 100/1 odds with virtually no chance of being eliminated this week.
6. Joshua Davis (Team Adam) –
Joshua’s popularity has been the surprise of the season. He is a low-key performer who reminds me of a bit of a throwback to Paul Simon or singer-songwriters of that era. He isn’t a vocal showboat, but he knows how to deliver and his iTunes sales last week proved he shouldn’t be taken for granted (he had the fourth highest sales among artists). That being said, he is the oldest competitor on the show at age 37 and his social media following is quite weak. Twitter followers: 8k (8th/10 contestants); Percentage of increase since week 1: 38%. Currently at 100/1 odds with basically no shot at going home this time.
5. Hannah Kirby (Team Blake) –
Hannah may be the odds-on favorite to go home for many predictors at Gold Derby but she’s my dark horse. She’s quirky, always entertaining and has one of the better voices on the show. Sure, she was twice dropped and saved by her coaches but so was last year’s champ Craig Wayne Boyd! I can’t say at this point I think she is a contender to make the finale, but I wouldn’t be surprised. Her twitter followers have exploded in the last two weeks. Twitter followers: 34k (2nd/10 contestants); Percentage of increase since week 1: 494% – WOW. Currently at 12/5 odds, which makes her the most likely person to be eliminated this week.
4. Corey Kent White (Team Blake) –
I know, I know – I’m still recovering from the backlash I got at the beginning of the season when I said he could take down Sawyer to win it all this season. I realize now that his performances leave a lot to be desired, but I’m not backing down just yet! He still has an unprecedented following on Twitter that nearly doubles that of his closest rival (although he hasn’t gained many throughout the season). That means a lot when Twitter can save a contestant all they way up to the finale. I’m also waiting to see if he can come around as a performer before I admit I was wrong on this one and move him out of my winner’s circle. Until then, I can admit he isn’t scorching hot, thus his fourth place ranking on my Power Ranking chart. Twitter followers: 56.7k (1st/10 contestants); Percentage of increase since week 1: 18%. Currently at 33/1 odds, putting him in the fifth most likely spot to be finished this week.
3. Kimberly Nichole (Team Christina) –
Kimberly started this season as a bit of an afterthought. Pharrell dropped her and Christina picked her up to be her #2 behind favorite India. Since then, Kimberly has blown both India and almost everyone else on ‘The Voice’ away with her performances. Her iTunes sales of both “What’s Up” and “House of the Rising Sun” were huge. Her social media following needs a lot of work, but if she continues singing like she has been, she won’t be in any need of a Twitter save. Twitter following: 10.1k (6th/10 contestants); Percentage of increase since week 1: 30%. Currently at 100/1 odds, so essentially no chance at being done this week.
2. Meghan Linsey (Team Blake) –
Meghan has a universal appeal that can really garner the most diverse group of fans. A former country singer turned blues/soul singer – she is able to attract both audiences. She cleverly covered country group Little Big Town‘s hit song “Girl Crush” and the result was a top 10 hit on iTunes. One of the best vocalists on the show, she has proven she can nail a performance and make it sell on the charts. I think her talent, likability and chart success make her a serious contender to take home the title. Twitter followers: 23.1k (4th/10 contestants); Percentage of increase since week 1: 16%. Currently at 100/1 odds, so quite safe to survive another week.
1. Sawyer Fredericks (Team Pharrell) –
There is no question that nobody on ‘The Voice’ has taken viewers by storm quite like Sawyer. As the youngest contestant this season, he quickly established himself as the one to beat since his very first audition. His growing popularity on social media and dominance over his fellow competitors on the iTunes chart only solidifies him as the one to beat at this point of the competition. Am I still COMPLETELY sold? No – rarely has a frontrunner from week one gone the distance on this program. But if someone can – it’s probably this kid. Twitter followers: 32k (3rd/10 contestants); Percentage of increase since week 1: 36%. Currently at 100/1 odds, so basically no chance of elimination this time.
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