Heading into the Sseason 11 live playoffs on Monday, Blake Shelton may have put together his most diverse team yet on the NBC reality series “The Voice.” The four-time winning coach is known for building strong teams of country artists — and it has paid off with past winners Cassadee Pope (season 3), Danielle Bradbery (season 4) and Craig Wayne Boyd (season 7) all going on to have success on the country music charts. But this season Blake’s team is made up of just two country artists who lean heavily toward southern rock. The majority of his team consists of R&B/soul singers who may seem like odd pairings with Blake, however we’ve seen this work before as well. He successfully coached R&B singer Jermaine Paul to the winner’s circle in season 2.
Will Blake be able to extend his reign as the most successful coach in the program’s history? Or will rival coaches Alicia Keys, Miley Cyrus and Adam Levine stop him from winning his fifth championship? Here is a look at my power rankings for his final five artists: who I predict will advance to the next round by audience vote, who will get Blake’s save, and who will be eliminated. 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 Blake photo gallery and vote in our poll below. Click here for analysis and photos for Team Adam and Team Miley.
Sundance Head (predicted to get audience vote)
“I’ve Been Loving You Too Long” (blind audition song); “Feel Like Makin’ Love” (battle song); “The Climb” (knockout song)
Likability, vocal ability and musicianship make Head the frontrunner on Team Blake. His voice fits into that southern-rock/country genre which casts a wide net in terms of viewers who will become fans of his. There’s not a chance he won’t be voted through by the audience.
Austin Allsup (predicted to get audience vote)
“Wild Horses” (blind audition song); “Bad Moon Rising” (battle song); “Breakdown” (knockout song)
Allsup works the stage like a pro, and his country/rock vibe will also earn him a lot of fans. Vocally, he has yet to have a bad performance and his charisma should safely get him voted through to the next round. Playing so many dates on the road each year can’t hurt his confidence or stage skills.
Courtney Harrell (predicted to get coach’s save)
“Let It Go” (blind audition song); “Gravity” (battle song); “River Deep, Mountain High” (knockout song)
As one of three R&B singers on team Blake, my guess is that they will split the votes among fans of that genre, landing all of them in the bottom three. Harrell is the seasoned pro amongst them with the richest voice. I predict Blake will save her from elimination.
Dana Harper (predicted to be eliminated)
“Jealous” (blind audition song); “Alive” (battle song); “You Give Me Something” (knockout song)
I’ve been a champion for Harper since the beginning of the season because she has one of the most unique voices in the competition. She never overdoes a performance, which I love, but she isn’t necessarily exciting to watch. I predict she will struggle to get votes and be let go by Blake.
Jason Warrior (predicted to be eliminated)
“Living for the City” (blind audition song); “Hello” (battle song); “I Want You” (knockout song)
Warrior has been underappreciated all season, so it pains me to rank him last, but it is simply the most logical place for him. He was first let go by Alicia during the battles and saved by Adam. Then he was released by Adam after the knockouts and saved by Blake. With two other male contestants likely advancing by audience vote, my bet is Blake will want to take a female contestant with him to the next round, and Warrior will be eliminated.