On Tuesday night, NBC’s Emmy-winning series “The Voice” will crown a Season 12 champion. Our latest combined odds created by your predictions show that the ultimate winner is a split decision with either Lauren Duski for Team Blake Shelton or Chris Blue for Team Alicia Keys.
The season will conclude with an epic 2-hour finale that includes performances by Chris Stapleton, Zedd and Alessia Cara, Gladys Knight, former coaches CeeLo Green and Miley Cyrus and season 13’s newly named coach Jennifer Hudson. But even with so much talent in the room, all eyes will be on the Top 4 who performed three songs on Monday night’s finale in hopes of earning enough votes and iTunes sales/streams to be named the 12th winner of the series.
In the hunt are two artists from Team Blake, one artist from Team Alicia and one artist from Team Adam Levine (Gwen Stefani has no singers remaining). Below I break down the combined odds each artist currently has in the race — read my thoughts and then update your predictions before tonight’s finale for your chance to top our famous leaderboards.
Lauren Duski (Team Blake) – 5/4 odds to win
Lauren will enter Tuesday’s finale with the strength of the two best-performing songs on the iTunes singles chart. Her original song “Deja Vu” reached #1 and her cover of Garth Brooks‘ “The Dance” reached #2 within the voting window. Just outside of the top 10 is her #1 charting Top 8 performance “Ghost in This House” which will also contribute to her final tally. Lauren has not only been the most consistently well-performing artist on the charts, but a frontrunner to win in our combined odds for the last few weeks. This week she leads the odds with a slim margin over Team Alicia’s Chris — at the time of this writing there were only three more users predicting Lauren to win than were predicting Chris to win. If by chance Lauren does not win, she’s predicted to fare no worse than 2nd where she has 2/1 odds of finishing. A win by Shelton would bring him his sixth coaching championship.
Chris Blue (Team Alicia) – 13/10 odds to win
Despite Lauren’s dominance on the charts, Chris has consistently put up his own big numbers to keep pace with her. Last week he broke into the iTunes top 10 for the first time in a big way, finishing at #2 at the close of voting with “Take Me to the King.” This week he falls short of Lauren’s totals again, but still comes out swinging with two songs of his own within the top 10 — his original song “Money on You” reached #3 and his cover of Janet Jackson‘s “Rhythm Nation” reached #9. We can probably count our writer Denton Davidson among the many pulling for a Chris win after he ranked him the best after Monday night’s performance show. Chris’ 13/10 odds to win are just shy of Lauren’s, but if he doesn’t win we’re fully expecting him to be the runner-up where he has leading 11/10 odds. This victory would bring Keys her first coaching championship.
Aliyah Moulden (Team Blake) – 12/1 odds to win
Last week in the Top 8, Aliyah earned her spot in the finale as the third artist voted through by the public after her performance “I Can Only Imagine” reached #7 on the iTunes charts. Her entry into the Top 4, though well-earned, was a surprise, making her a dark horse contender for the win. This week she finished lowest of the four on iTunes when her original song “Never Be Lonely” peaked at #7, but that isn’t keeping predictors from giving her third best odds to win. With Lauren and Chris the presumed frontrunners, Aliyah may have to settle for third where we’re giving her the best odds of finishing at 10/9.
Jesse Larson (Team Adam) – 20/1 odds to win
Jesse is the only artist among the top 4 that hadn’t reached the iTunes top 10 prior to the finale, but this week he makes a big statement with his original song “Woman” peaking at #5. That’s ahead of his stiffest competition, Aliyah, who he is likely fighting with for 3rd place. Last week he had to sing for the instant save, but won that contest overwhelmingly, defeating our one-time frontrunners Hunter Plake and Brennley Brown and eliminating Team Gwen in the process. Overall, Jesse has the longest odds at winning and finishing 2nd. In the race to place 3rd he trails Aliyah with 7/4 odds, and instead leads as the artist most likely to finish 4th with 10/11 odds. If Levine pulls off this miracle, it will provide him with a fourth coaching championship.
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