Will a cover of 1980s superstar John Mellencamp be enough to propel Josh Gallagher into “The Voice” championship for Season 11? He performed the tune “Jack and Diane” on Monday’s live finale (watch above) and needs some extra help to win the trophy on Tuesday’s results show. He currently has last place 25/1 odds in our Gold Derby predictions center, trailing Billy Gilman (2/3), We` McDonald (3/1), and Sundance Head (7/1). His coach Adam Levine is battling long-time rival Blake Shelton plus rookie coaches Miley Cyrus and Alicia Keys this season.
Regarding Monday’s performance, our writer John Benutty says: “It’s suspect to me that for all we hear about how Adam wants to win with a country artist that two of Josh’s three finale performances weren’t even country songs. Now, I think Mellencamp fits Josh’s style really well and his voice sounded great, but I think his biggest issue has been clearly defining what type of music he’s going to put out after the show. That being said, his best asset is his confidence on stage and that was front and center here.”
According to his official NBC bio, “Josh is not from a musical family, as both of his parents worked at correctional facilities and Josh grew up as a star athlete. After being recruited to play baseball at Penn State Allegheny, he realized that music was his true calling. To his parents’ dismay, he left college and decided to give music a shot.”
Prior to this week’s live show, performances for the year by the Pennsylvania native have been “Stay a Little Longer” (blind audition song) by Brothers Osbourne, “Stranger in My House” (battle song) by Ronnie Milsap, “My Maria” (knockout song) by B.W. Stevenson, “Colder Weather” (top 20) by Zac Brown Band, “Why” (top 12) by Jason Aldean, “Drunk on Your Love” (top 11) by Brett Eldredge, “Real Good Man” (top 10) by Tim McGraw, “Danny’s Song” (top 8) by Kenny Loggins, and I Drive Your Truck” (instant save) by Lee Brice.
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