As we approach the live playoffs Monday on Season 11 of “The Voice,” it is safe to say that Alicia Keys is the coach to beat. She began her dominance in the blind auditions, amassing a team so powerful that nearly 60% of all the coach’s steals in the battles and knockouts were used on artists originally from Team Alicia. Now, with at least two heavy-hitting contenders and some wild cards in play, Keys is likely on her way to an unprecedented rookie season win.
But rival coaches Blake Shelton, Miley Cyrus and Adam Levine will have something to say about her possible victory. Here is a look at my power rankings for her final five artists: who I predict will advance to the next round by audience vote, who will get Alicia’s save, and who will be cut. Will one of them prevail to join the past 10 winners in this photo gallery of the Emmy-winning NBC reality program? After reading our analysis below, tour our new Team Alicia photo gallery and vote in our poll below. Click here for analysis and photos for Team Adam, Team Blake, and Team Miley.
We` McDonald (predicted to get audience vote)
“Feeling Good” (blind audition song); “Maybe” (battle song); “No More Drama” (knockout song)
From the moment she completed her four-chair turn blind audition, this season has been McDonald’s to lose. The star power that exudes from the stage when she sings is unlike any other contestant this season. From her powerful vocals, to her unique style, and even her meek demeanor when she’s not performing — everything about McDonald is memorable, engaging and impressive.
Josh Halverson (predicted to get audience vote)
“Forever Young” (blind audition song); “The House of the Rising Sun” (battle song); “Whiskey and You” (knockout song)
Halverson is the most underrated artist of the season and absolutely a threat to win it all. He lost in both the battle and knockout rounds — but the coaches aren’t perfect. Craig Wayne Boyd had the same path to victory in season 7. The viewers choose the winner, and the viewers made Halverson’s knockout performance “Whiskey and You” the best-selling ‘Voice’ song on iTunes last week (by a long shot).
Kylie Rothfield (predicted to get coach’s save)
“Wherever I Go” (blind audition song); “The House of the Rising Sun” (battle song); “Hound Dog” (knockout song)
The strength of Rothfield is that she is completely in her own lane as a performer. As a guitar-playing blues artist, there is no other contestant like her in the competition. Beyond that, her coach seems absolutely smitten with her and believes in her ability to grow. For that reason, I could see Keys choosing to keep her around, even if the audience doesn’t vote her through.
Christian Cuevas (predicted to be eliminated)
“How Am I Supposed to Live Without You” (blind audition song); “Hello” (battle song); “Superstar” (knockout song)
Cuevas is a likable, strong singer who I am definitely not counting out of this competition. With the right song choice, Cuevas’ personality and emotional delivery could get him voted through by the viewers. But with favorites like McDonald and Halverson on his team, I think it will be an uphill battle. I wouldn’t be shocked if Keys saved him herself, however I’m doubtful. So with wavering certainty I predict Cuevas will be eliminated.
Sa’Rayah (predicted to be eliminated)
“Drown in My Own Tears” (blind audition song); “I’ll Take Care of You” (battle song); “Ain’t Nobody” (knockout song)
As much as viewers love a big, powerful voice I just can’t see a victory in the future for Sa’Rayah. Without an absolutely stunning performance that shocks the world, she won’t stand out on Team Alicia with someone like McDonald to contend with. For that reason I can’t imagine her earning enough votes to get through and she is potentially the last artist Alicia would use her save on.