The four finalists for Season 16 of “The Voice” performed live for America’s vote one last time on Monday, May 20, before the crowning of the winner on Tuesday, May 21. Read our full recap in the live updating blog for Monday’s episode.
Coach Blake Shelton has dominated the season with three of his artists, Gyth Rigdon, Dexter Roberts and Andrew Sevener all competing in the finale. First season coach John Legend has one artist competing for the title in Maelyn Jarmon. Two-time defending champion Kelly Clarkson is without a finalist for the first time since she joined the show, and three-time coaching champ Adam Levine has been out of contention since the Top 8. Below we rank each of the four finalists based on their likelihood of winning following their performances on Monday night.
1. Maelyn Jarmon (Team John)
(Blind Audition: “Fields of Gold”; Battles: “When We Were Young”; Cross Battle: “Mad World”; Top 24: “Fallingwater”; Top 13: “The Scientist”; Top 8: “Stay”; Top 4 cover: “Hallelujah”; Top 4 duet: “Unforgettable”; Top 4 original: “Wait for You”)
Maelyn, by far, had the best three performances of the finale. Any of the three could have been saved for her third round, truly, but there is no denying how earth-shattering her. cover of “Hallelujah” was. It was one of the best performances of any season of the series and Adam told her multiple times during the night that she should win the show. I think she will three-peat as the most streamed song with “Hallelujah” and will continue to chart with her cover of “Stay” from the Top 8. And honestly, I threw all of my own actual votes at her and expect most of the voting audience to do the same. Throughout the course of the season Maelyn has been the ace in John’s pocket, ever since her four-chair turn and her decision to join his team. Each week she’s topped herself with iconic performance after iconic performance, establishing herself as the artist to beat.
PROS: Two-time streaming bonus earner; Adam’s full support; Strongest performer on Monday night; Performed last; Team Blake could split votes
CONS: Team Blake has dominated the season’s votes
2. Gyth Rigdon (Team Blake)
(Blind Audition: “Drift Away”; Battles: “Drunk Me”; Cross Battle: “Goodbye Time”; Top 24: “I Want to Be Loved Like That”; Top 13: “Nobody But Me”; Top 8: “God Bless the U.S.A.”; Top 4 cover: “Once in a Blue Moon”; Top 4 duet: “Take It Easy”; Top 4 original: “Proof I’ve Always Loved You”)
Gyth has been Blake’s strongest chance at a win all season long–the guy’s charm and genuine talent go a long way on a show like this. Though he wasn’t the most consistent on finale night, his closing song that he helped write himself was his best and as the last taste in voters’ mouth he should be able to pull in more votes than his teammates. With three Team Blake artists in the finale there is the possibility that they split votes–essentially, the Blake effect can’t work evenly on all three of them, but I’m guessing that most will swing in Gyth’s direction than for the other two.
PROS: Blake seems most invested in him as a winner; Strong all season; Wrote his own original song; Team Blake has dominated the season’s votes
CONS: Underwhelmed in Monday night performances; Team Blake could split votes
3. Andrew Sevener (Team Blake)
(Blind Audition: “Honky Tonk Women”; Battles: “Tequila”; Cross Battle: “Modern Day Bonnie and Clyde”; Top 24: “Boots On”; Top 13: “She Got the Best of Me”; Top 8: “Long Haired Country Boy”; Top 4 cover: “Lips of an Angel”; Top 4 duet: “All Right Now”; Top 4 original: “Rural Route Raising”)
Andrew entered finale night with the disadvantage of being the lowest vote earner in the Top 8, but my oh my did he do his best to overcome and even surpass that. He had the night of all night’s on Monday and if he hadn’t started with such a disadvantage I think I’d rank him above Gyth. In fact, there’s a part of me that thinks Andrew was so good on Monday that he could actually compete for the win. But looking back on the entire competition, Andrew may have had a great night, but he hasn’t been as solid as the other three performers on any given week.
PROS: Monday’s breakout performer of the night; Team Blake has dominated the season’s votes
CONS: Sang for the Save in Top 8; Team Blake could split votes
4. Dexter Roberts (Team Blake)
(Blind Audition: “Like a Cowboy”; Battles: “Hurricane”; Cross Battle: “Believe”; Top 24: “Ain’t Nothing ’bout You”; Top 13: “Something Like That”; Top 8: “Here Without You”; Top 4 cover: “Anything Goes”; Top 4 duet: “Hard Working Man”; Top 4 original: “Looking Back”)
Dexter didn’t have the strongest showing on Monday night and so if voters, who will already be split between which Team Blake singer to support, are basing it just off of that night then he’s in trouble. That being said, Dexter brings one of the strongest seasons to the table, always nailing it in both song choice and execution. He also comes to “The Voice” with a built-in fan base of those who remember him on “American Idol” so he’s at a bit of an advantage already. With Andrew having his best night of the season this week, I think Dexter takes a hit in votes and goes from would-be-contender to third runner-up.
PROS: Has been strong all season; Built-in fans from “American Idol”; Team Blake has dominated the season’s votes
CONS: Didn’t perform at his best Monday night; Team Blake could split votes
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