Blake Shelton and Kelly Clarkson are each down an artist after last Tuesday’s results episode of “The Voice” narrowed the field down from 13 to 11 hopefuls. Cali Wilson (Team Blake) and Max Boyle (Team Kelly) were defeated for the instant save by Gwen Stefani‘s teenage pop singer Joana Martinez. None of John Legend‘s artists were in danger of elimination.
Now that we have seen two live performances from each artist and have some insight on how they performed on the Apple Music streaming charts, we can predict who has what it takes to advance to the next round. After the artists perform again on Monday, November 25, the public will vote. The nine artists with the most support will move on, leaving two to sing Tuesday, November 26, for the instant save. Only one of those artists will earn enough support to join the top 10 and the other will be eliminated.
Below we rank the top 11 from best to worst, pinpointing the nine we think will advance on the public vote and then the two we imagine will sing for the instant save.
1. Jake Hoot (Team Kelly)
(Top 20 performance: “You Lie,” Top 13 performance: “Danny’s Song”)
It was revealed on the first live results episode that Jake was the most streamed artist on Apple Music. Considering those live streaming statistics generally accumulate and count towards the final vote at the grand finale, Jake is in the lead by default. What ultimately catapults him into this week’s top position is the fact that he’s the only country singer in a competition that has fared quite well for country artists. The lane is wide open for Jake and he’ll likely sail into the finale.
2. Kat Hammock (Team Blake)
(Top 20 performance: “God Only Knows,” Top 13 performance: “Danny Boy”)
Kat is the dark horse I expect to surprise everyone this season. Her shy but likable personality reminds me of former teenage champs who didn’t come sprinting out of the gate as front-runners. The coaches seem to know how special Kat’s vocal tone is and Blake has gone as far as saying she may be the most important artist he’s ever worked with on “The Voice.”
3. Katie Kadan (Team Legend)
(Top 20 performance: “Always Remember Us this Way,” Top 13 performance: “I’m Going Down”)
Katie is simply the most memorable, powerful and fierce artist in this competition. Her unique fashion sense paired with her fiery vocals have made her the artist to watch all season. There’s no question that Katie has had the front-runner target on her back since the blind auditions and that can be a tough position to hold. Whether she wins or loses she’s definitely not going home anytime soon.
4. Hello Sunday (Team Kelly)
(Top 20 performance: “Hello,” Top 13 performance: “Mamma Knows Best”)
This teenage duo’s stock continues to rise after they had to win a wildcard spot just to make the top 13. Jaws hit the floor when the pint-sized powerhouses belted out “All By Myself” to earn their spot and they’ve been on a roll ever since. The momentum, overwhelming cute factor and their ability to captivate fans of multiple ages and genres makes us confident they’ll only continue to rise up the ranks in this competition.
5. Ricky Duran (Team Blake)
(Top 20 performance: “Small Town,” Top 13 performance: “You Are the Best Thing”)
Ricky is one of the most versatile performers this season and his ability to sing anything and give it some swagger puts him in a safe position. I don’t think we’ve seen the best of him yet, but he’s got the chops to deliver a standout performance when it counts.
6. Marybeth Byrd (Team Legend)
(Top 20 performance: “Love Me Like You Do,” Top 13 performance: “Go Rest High on That Mountain”)
Marybeth’s top 13 performance earned her a massive ovation and plenty of tears when she delivered a heartfelt dedication to her late grandfather. She may deserve a higher placement on this list, but I’m not convinced she’s delivered a memorable vocal worthy of putting her in the winner’s circle. She’s definitely safe, but Marybeth isn’t striking me as a potential finalist at this point.
7. Rose Short (Team Gwen)
(Top 20 performance: “What Have You Done For Me Lately,” Top 13 performance: “I Turn to You”)
Rose has the personality and the voice to take her far in this competition, but to date her song choices have been an issue. She showed her fun side with her top 20 performance, but her top 13 performance was overcooked. That being said, Rose has all the ingredients to nail a performance and catapult herself to the top. But is Gwen the right coach to show this big-voiced diva how to soar?
8. Will Breman (Team Legend)
(Top 20 performance: “Style,” Top 13 performance: “I Won’t Give Up”)
It was surprising to many when Will had to be saved by his coach to advance to the top 13. The charismatic performer loves to work the stage but something isn’t connecting with viewers. Will slowed things down for his top 13 performance but his vocals seemed to waver when he didn’t have the instruments or fun dance moves to fall back on.
9. Myracle Holloway (Team Gwen)
(Top 20 performance: “Get Here,” Top 13 performance: “I’m Your Baby Tonight”)
Myracle has a beautiful presence on stage and her voice has a built-in heartbreak quality similar to Mary J. Blige. It’s been difficult for her to stand out because she doesn’t have a big personality like so many of her competitors this season. While she has the ability to nail the vocals of any song they throw at her, she hasn’t had the breakout moment she needs.
10. Shane Q (Team Kelly)
(Top 20 performance: “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” Top 13 performance: “My Wish”)
Shane has about as many tricks up his sleeve, vocally, as any other artist this season. His biggest problem is that he is the least charismatic on stage…by a long shot! Shane simply can’t get out of his own head and it has made it nearly impossible for him to connect with the audience. Kelly pleads with him on a weekly basis to believe in himself but there’s been little to no improvement so I’m just not sure how long he can last.
11. Joana Martinez (Team Gwen)
(Top 20 performance: “You Can’t Stop the Girl,” Top 13 performance: “Get On Your Feet”)
Joana comes in last this week for the simple fact that she barely made it this far. However one thing we know about this teenage pop singer is that she’s able to win an instant save so the next artist to challenge her should be worried. She’s likable and has some serious pipes and although Joana clearly hasn’t captivated the largest audience to date, she’s very capable of squeezing out another instant save over some of her competitors.
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