The Top 12 finalists from Season 10 of “The Voice” performed Monday night for America’s votes and, for the first time this season, the coaches will have no way to save the contestants. When the final two are named, they’ll get to sing for the Instant Save vote to stay on the show. And, although the outcome of the most of the various voting methods are as yet unknown, the outcome of the iTunes charting is known. The contestants have slightly over 14 hours — from show’s end to noon the next day (EST) — to make the iTunes 200 Songs sales chart and rise to the Top Ten to get the iTunes bonus multiplier (the singles downloads — which count as votes — are multiplied by a factor of 10). Unfortunately for Team Blake (Shelton), two of his three finalists charted last. The third? Well, one doesn’t balance out two, but having the top charter probably helped the big guy live with it…
As TV Line’s Michael Slezak recapped April 19, the Top 12 results show “could turn out to be the best of times and the worst of times” for Coach Blake Shelton. Having the top charter in Adam Wakefield (his rendition of The Allman Brothers Band’s “Soulshine” topped out at No. 7 on the iTunes 100 Songs chart) gave Team Blake the top performer, not to mention garnering the bluesy singer that coveted bonus multiplier (which could become real important in terms of total votes if Wakefield makes the finale). Unfortunately, though, Shelton’s lone remaining country singer, Mary Sarah, only made it as high as No. 86 with her cover of Carrie Underwood’s “So Small.” His surprise save from last week, Paxton Ingram, made it into the Top 200 (but not too far), peaking at No. 163.
Just given those numbers, it looks as if Team Blake is assured of losing one of its members on the results show. But who knows? It’s early in the vote count. The voting public might save one or both of them from elimination…
So how did the other teams fare? Well, Team Christina (Aguilera) still seems to have the strongest team and “The Voice” frontrunner Alisan Porter is still doing her thing, posting the second highest charter for the week (No. 9 with Demi Lovato’s “Stone Cold”). She also had the fourth best charting finalist with fan favorite Nick Hagelin, who peaked at No. 40 with a very well-constructed pop rendition of Blake Shelton’s hit, “Mine Would Be You.” However, her save from last week, Bryan Bautista (probably a shocker for most, even though Aguilera said she was going by the people’s response), only managed to get to No. 71 with his cover of Seal’s “Kiss From A Rose.”
Third place and fifth went to Team Pharrell (Williams). Emily Keener, channeling Judy Collins (?), scored a No. 26 posting with Jeff Buckley’s “Lilac Wine.” Hannah Huston placed at No. 41 with her spin on the Etta James classic, “Something’s Got A Hold On Me.” Pharrell’s third finalist, Daniel Passino, made the Top 100 with Michael Jackson’s “Human Nature,” but only got as high as No. 78.
Team Adam (Levine) placed consecutively. Doing so, the three finalists might pose a problem for the other contestants going forward, given that the three placed just south of Nick Hagelin and Hannah Huston’s positions. Blues axeman Laith Al-Saadi scored a No. 44 placement with a rousing version of blues icon Albert King’s “Born Under a Bad Sign.” Indie-rocker Owen Danoff peaked at No. 45 with the current No. 1 song in the U. S., Lukas Graham’s “7 Years.” And Team Adam’s big-voiced teen, just-turned-16-year-old Shalyah Fearing, notched a No. 47 showing with Patti Griffin’s “Up to the Mountain.”
So, given those numbers, who’s likely to be sent home from “The Voice?” As mentioned, it might be a member of Team Blake. Of course, Team Pharrell’s Daniel Passino had a less-than-stellar showing, as did Bryan Bautista — as far as the chart numbers reveal. Of course, for all we know, sales from the singles from Numbers 40 through 80 could be separated by a mere five or ten units, which is a virtual tie. This makes the outcome far more dependent upon the other methods of voting –and more difficult to predict.
But if a prediction has to be made, one of Blake Shelton’s finalists are headed home. And since this is the second week in row that Paxton Ingram’s performance hasn’t generated very many singles sales, it could mean he’s not resonating with “The Voice” viewers. If he’s in the bottom two, it is difficult seeing him advancing to the Top 11.
“The Voice” airs on Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. (EST) on NBC Television. Former “The Voice” coach Gwen Stefani, who recently scored her first No. 1 album as a solo artist on the Billboard 200, guests on Tuesday’s results show.