Remember last week when “The Voice” coach Blake Shelton had two artists with the worst charting songs on iTunes? Well, that was the Top 12; this is the Top 11. And this week, Team Blake scored three of the five best charters on iTunes Top 100 Songs chart. What a difference a week makes on “The Voice”…
In his recap of Monday’s Top 11 performances-as-iTunes-singles April 26, TV Line’s Michael Slezak noted the complete turnaround made by Paxton Ingram, the Team Blake member that only rose as high as No. 163 last week on the iTunes chart. He was the only act to reach the Top 20, peaking at No. 18 with his cover of Tasha Cobbs’ inspirational “Break Every Chain.” Interestingly, next-to-last a week ago was Team Blake’s Mary Sarah. Why interesting? This week she scored the corresponding spot at the other end of the charing contestants, placing second among the finalists at No. 26 with Heidi Newfield’s “Johnny and June.” So last week’s bottom two charters became this week’s top two.
(An aside: So why did “The Voice” finalists have such a dismal showing this week? Slezak noted that Beyonce had placed eight songs from her new Lemonade album in the Top 10. She dropped the album on Saturday. Prince’s death saw an sharp uptick in his sales as well, with the song “Purple Rain” also pulling in Top 10 sales figures. Then there was Drake, Desiigner, Mike Posner, Meghan Trainor, The Chainsmokers, Lukas Graham, and Fifth Harmony’s hits to deal with, so…)
Team Blake also had the fifth best charter as well. Adam Wakefield, after putting a bluesy, soulful spin on Journey’s “Lights,” placed at No. 33.
The worst chart performance of the week came from Team Pharrell (Williams). Daniel Passino’s cover of Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time” only rose to No. 107. And Team Pharrell has to worry about a second elimination in as many weeks. They lost one of their members last week when the third-best-charter, Emily Keener, was sent home.
But not far ahead of Passino was Team Adam (Levine)’s Owen Danoff, who capped the Top 100 at No. 100 with James Taylor’s “Fire And Rain.” If he doesn’t get more of America’s votes, he could find himself in the bottom two for the second consecutive week. Historically, this would indicate he could very well be sent home. (Unless, of course, he’s like Season 9’s Korin Bukowski, who survived with three straight saves, one by coach and two by Instant Save, before being sent home.)
Team Adam’s highest charter was blues axeman Laith Al-Saadi, who arguably gave the best performance Monday night, rocking out to Ed Sheeran’s “Make It Rain.” That particular song peaked at No. 29.
Team Christina (Aguilera), who arguably has the strongest team, saw Alisan Porter peak at No. 31 with Lorraine Ellison’s “Stay With Me.” Unfortunately, the former child movie star may start to suffer from the “inevitable winner” voter backlash, that strange phenomenon when the coaches or judges on a show seem to push the idea that a certain finalist will inevitably win the competition and voters fail to respond. With Porter and her remarkable talent, that could very well happen, especially when someone like Adam Levine (a rival coach, no less) tells everyone on live television that Alisan Porter will win Season 10. (The producers of the show most likely don’t care for this type of critiquing, either, as a sense of inevitability might discourage viewers to continue watching a contest they feel is already a fait accompli.)
Team Pharrell’s highest charter was Hannah Huston, who posted the No. 34 song, a cover of Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me.” Possibly the worst performance of the evening, Huston’s choppy delivery of a subtle heartbreaker still seemed to prompt quite a few to buy the single.
So who will make the bottom two and sing for the Instant Save? Based on the iTunes charts, Daniel Passino (Team Pharrell) and Owen Danoff (Team Adam) just might vie for the chance to stick around for another week. Again, if Danoff lands in the bottom, he’ll probably be sent home.
Michael Slezak predicts that Team Pharrell will be down to one singer by the time Tuesday night’s show ends. But Nick Hagelin (Team Christina) and Shalyah Fearing (Team Adam), only peaked as high as No. 98 and No. 96, which isn’t much better than Passino and Danoff, so a good showing with phone-in and internet voting could see either of the two, or both of them, in the bottom as well.
“The Voice” airs on Mondays and Tuesdays on NBC Television at 8 p.m. (EST). Country music artist Thomas Rhett is scheduled to perform his Billboard Hot Country Songs Top 10 hit, “T-Shirt.”