The stakes couldn’t be higher for “The Voice this week — out of the nine remaining contenders, five will go home on Tuesday’s results show. Coaches Blake Shelton and Adam Levine seem to be in the best shape with all of their artists remaining. Gwen Stefani is down to two left, while reigning champ Pharrell Williams just has one.
Major kudos to our writer Denton Davidson for calling Korin Bukowski and Braiden Sunshine as the worst performances from last Monday’s episode. Both of them wound up in the bottom with Bukowski now gone.
While some of the eliminations seem obvious — Sunshine is unlikely to jump from ninth to fourth, for instance — the field gets murky in the middle area. But decisions we must make, and only four can move on! Here are my rankings of how safe each of the singers is going into the semi-finals.
Jordan Smith (Team Adam)
While Denton and I agree that Jordan has been bested by other singers in the last two weeks, he is still making the finals. With a permanent residence in the iTunes Top 10, it is clear that Jordan’s sublime vocal ability has caught on with audiences. His place at the top is secure.
Barrett Baber (Team Blake)
In many ways, Barrett probably appeals to the exact opposite audience that Jordan does. While Jordan’s voice is powerful, Barrett’s is subtle; while Jordan is reserved on stage, Barrett is smooth. Because the two share such different audiences, my bet is they’ll be the last two standing.
FIGHTING FOR THE LAST TWO SPOTS
Emily Ann Roberts (Team Blake)
Of all the women still left in the competition, Emily Ann has the most clear, consistent and (no shade) palatable voice. With an extremely marketable look and sound — one that proves time and time again to be successful within the country music scene — Emily Ann is a dark horse competitor for the win. Given his track record as coach, it’s hard to imagine Blake won’t have two artists in the finals.
Amy Vachal (Team Adam)
On the one hand, it would be a shame to see only Teams Adam and Blake make the finals. On the other hand, it would be a shame to not see Amy join Jordan in the final four. Each week Amy has given us a current hit and completely reworked it to fit a unique style. She is the champion for voters looking for something different, a demographic that proves surprisingly strong each season.
Jeffery Austin (Team Gwen)
Jeffery’s biggest obstacle is Jordan — they likely appeal to the same demographic of voter because they choose similar songs and have similarly powerful deliveries. For that reason, Jeffery likely barely misses out on the finals. But if he gives the best performance this week, he isn’t so far behind that he couldn’t make up the necessary ground.
Madi Davis (Team Pharrell)
While Madi has given us some of the most surprising and memorable performances of the season, her “star” appeal is not on the same level as many of the others. I don’t think she inspires voters in the same way that Jordan and Jeffery do, and she doesn’t tap into the robust voting block of country music that Barrett and Emily Ann do. To stay, I think Madi has to give her best performance to date and hope that Amy doesn’t.
FACING CERTAIN ELIMINATION
Zach Seabaugh (Team Blake)
At one point I thought Zach might break away from the rest of his team and be Blake’s best chance at another win. The truth is that both Barrett and Emily Ann have had stand-out performances, leaving Zach fighting for scraps among the country music viewership.
Shelby Brown (Team Adam)
For whatever reason, Shelby’s confidence seems to have plummeted in the last few weeks and she never looks quite comfortable on stage while performing or during the results announcements. My guess is she has resigned herself to the fact that she’s at the bottom of Team Adam and knows she won’t make the finals. I’d agree with her.
Braiden Sunshine (Team Gwen)
Barely escaping elimination last week due to the Twitter Save, Braiden would need the entirety of Twitter to rise up and demand that he stay in the competition. He could give the performance of his life, and it’s still unlikely he’d jump from the bottom into the top within a single week.
Congratulations to our reader Jean Leong for being one of 19 people with perfect scores in last week’s contest. All of them predicted that Bukowski would be finished and that Sunshine would be in the bottom but not eliminated. However, Leong had the best overall point score of 10,400 thanks to using her special 500 and 200 point bets wisely. If eligible as per our contest rules, she will win a $100 Amazon gift certificate.
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