With over 15,000 people voting in our latest poll, the late Christina Grimmie is your choice as the best female artist in “The Voice” history not to win the championship. She received 60.34% of support, followed by Juliet Simms with 30.2% and then Jacquie Lee with 6.75%.
Grimmie finished in third place for season six and was coached by Adam Levine. She was murdered in June of this year following a concert performance in Orlando, Florida.
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Our contributing writer Denton Davidson offers his own top 10 among female artists below. Click here to see them all in our new photo gallery.
1. Kimberly Nichole – Season 8 (Team Christina Aguilera)
She may have gone home with a shocking sixth place finish, but there is no denying this powerhouse was one of the greatest performers in ‘Voice’ history. The tour-de-force’s highlights include “The House of the Rising Sun” and “Creep,” but any time she took the stage she left something to remember.
2. Christina Grimmie – Season 6 (Team Adam Levine)
Most viewers were shocked when this pint-sized powerhouse wasn’t crowned the season six champ. She was the favorite to win from day one when she stormed onto the stage and blew the coaches away with her cover of “Wrecking Ball.” Her impressive vocal range and huge social media following may not have been able secure her a win, but she will always be one of the most memorable artists from this program.
3. Juliet Simms – Season 2 (Team Cee-Lo Green)
It seems as if season two was a lifetime ago, but one performer who has stood the test of time is this rocker. Her raspy voice and undeniable stage presence made for some epic performances including “Cryin,” “Freebird” and “Crazy,” leading her all the way to second place.
4. Jacquie Lee – Season 5 (Team Christina Aguilera)
At just 16 years old she laid down some massive vocals on songs like “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” and “I Put a Spell on You.” Her special bond with her coach led her all the way to a second place finish and one of the most impressive collections of performances we’ve seen on the show.
5. Michelle Chamuel – Season 4 (Team Usher)
What was so great about Chamuel was the unique persona she brought to the stage. Her “nerdy” outward appearance while delivering some of the coolest performances of songs like “I Kissed a Girl,” “Titanium” and “Just Give Me a Reason” made her one of the most likable figures on the series and carried her all the way to a second-place finish.
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6. Meghan Linsey – Season 8 (Team Blake Shelton)
Although Linsey seemed to lack, at times, the personality it takes to win “The Voice,” there is no question she was one of the most consistent, impressive country vocalists that has ever appeared on the series. Her bluesy take on songs like “Girl Crush” and “Tennessee Whiskey” is the reason she was the season eight runner-up.
7. Sasha Allen – Season 4 (Team Shakira)
Pitch-perfect performances of classic hits like “At Last” and “I Will Always Love You” made it clear that she was not only brave enough to take on huge songs, but she always delivered. When it comes to pure vocals, Allen was undoubtedly one of the best to perform on the show. In the end, she went home in fourth place, possibly due to sounding a bit more like a trained vocalist than an artist singing from an emotional place.
8. Madi Davis – Season 9 (Team Pharrell Williams)
Throughout the course of her season, Davis went from being somewhat of an underdog to one of the most memorable singers we’ve seen. The singer-songwriter gave us unique takes on songs like “Love is Blindness” and “Songbird” and with each performance seemed more special.
9. Shalyah Fearing – Season 10 (Team Adam Levine)
It’s always fun to watch someone break out of nowhere and become a legitimate contender for the title. That’s exactly what happened in season 10 when nobody was giving Fearing a second thought. Then she blew everyone’s mind with a scorching rendition of “Listen” and followed it up with another emotion-filled performance of “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going.” Sometimes the evolution of a young artist is one of the most fun things to witness, and that was the case here.
10. Beverly McClellan – Season 1 (Team Christina Aguilera)
In looking back at the history of this series, we have to remember one of the pioneers from the original season. Who could forget this 41-year old, openly gay woman with a shaved head who was the perfect example of what this show was going to be all about – talent over image. From her blind audition, “Piece of My Heart,” to her gut-wrenching duet of “Beautiful” with her coach in the finals, McClellan remains one of the most memorable contestants to date.