Rookie coach Alicia Keys is now down to just two artists remaining on her team for Season 11 of “The Voice.” Powerhouse singer Sa’Rayah was eliminated on Tuesday night during the Top 12 results show. Will she be able to hold on against rival coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, and Miley Cyrus the rest of this season?
To help you make your predictions as we launch our Top 11 categories, we’ve broken down the field of artists into three groups based on their past performance. Our “frontrunners” are the artists that have made an early mark on the competition with stand-out songs in the first week of live playoffs. The “major threats” are those artists on the cusp of becoming frontrunners but still have something to prove. The “challengers” are the artists we feel are the most in need of improvement if they want to avoid singing for the instant save next week.
While no artist managed to crack the iTunes top 10 this week, earning the 5x multiplier bonus, there are four artists that came close on the strength of stand out performances. Both Billy Gilman and Josh Gallagher of Team Adam remained consistent, blowing away the judges again and maintaining their place as leaders of the pack for weeks. We` McDonald of Team Alicia bounced back with one of the week’s best performances after a less than perfect showing the week before. Team Miley’s Ali Caldwell was the breakthrough of the week, propelling herself into a frontrunner position for the first time and giving Miley her best chance at a win.
In the middle of the pack after this week are two safe artist on Team Blake — both Austin Allsup and Courtney Harrell are solid bets because they play so typically within their own styles. Austin is traditional country through and through while Courtney is as good as pop R&B gets. On Team Alicia, Christian Cuevas is the season’s sweetheart, his genuine personality that shines through his performances that may otherwise fall flat without it. Brendan Fletcher on Team Adam is a more unique artist than the other three, but still plays steadily within his genre and gets a boost based on a sex appeal that comes naturally to him. In order for any of these artists to jump into frontrunner status, I think they’ll need to take a bigger risk to inspire votes and iTunes purchases in the coming weeks.
The artist with the most work to do heading into next week is Team Miley’s Aaron Gibson who had to earn the instant save this week in order to continue on. I think his downfall on Monday’s live show was the obscure song choice, an easily corrected error. Song choice was also a low point for both Darby Walker (Team Miley) and Sundance Head (Team Blake), who despite good vocal performances, I think struggled connecting with the audience. The goal for these artists should be finding a song with built-in resonance with audiences to help create an instant connection with the viewers.
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