With their competition lives on the line, the 11 remaining contestants vying for “The Voice” 2016 crown took to the stage once again on April 25 to perform for America’s votes. So were any of the talented aspiring singers able to break Beyonce’s choke-hold on the top 10 to earn an iTunes bonus for the week? A look at the top 200 chart at the 9 AM Pacific close of the voting window on April 26 provided the week’s results.
The short and sweet answer to the question is no, but had “Lemonade” not dropped over the weekend and had the legendary Prince not passed away last week, a few would have scored the coveted multiplier. Closest to the top 10 with his version of the gospel tune “Break Every Chain” was Paxton Ingram, whose cover rested in the 18-spot when the iTunes vote window closed. Also faring well with her cover of “Johnny and June” was Ingram’s teammate Mary Sarah, who wound up earning the 26-spot with the single. If Queen Bey and Prince’s tracks were excluded from the chart, the hopefuls would have placed fourth and ninth, respectively, which would’ve given them their first iTunes bonuses of the season. Both performers sing under the tutelage of country star Blake Shelton.
The next four contestants in line saw their efforts bunched closely together on the iTunes chart at voting’s end. Laith Al-Saadi’s cover of the Ed Sheeran hit “Make it Rain” earned him number 29, while Alisan Porter nabbed 31st with “Stay with Me Baby” and Adam Wakefield’s “Lights” landed two spots below that in 33rd. Hannah Huston’s version of “I Can’t Make You Love Me,” finally, wound up finishing at number 34.
The rest of the pack finished significantly further down on the chart, though all of them earned top 200 placements and all but one finished in the top 100. Included were Bryan Bautista, “Just the Way You Are” (number 79); Shalyah Fearing, “The Climb” (number 96); Nick Hagelin, “Your Body is a Wonderland” (number 96); Owen Danoff, “Fire and Rain” (number 100); and Daniel Passino, “Time After Time” (number 107).
When elimination time rolls around at 8 PM Eastern on April 26, the bottom two will face off for the Twitter Instant Save, which allows Twitter users to save the hopeful of their choice in real-time. The April 20 show saw Danoff sing for his life and survive, and given his lackluster iTunes placement, he’s likely to find himself in danger once again. Will the lack of an iTunes bonus lead to disaster for a potential front-runner? Watch “The Voice” 2016 top 11 results show at 8 PM Eastern/Pacific to find out.