“The Voice” 2016 resumed April 18 on NBC as the top 12 finalists hit the stage to sing again for America’s votes and a chance to advance further in the competition. As usual, the aspiring performers also competed for iTunes bonuses, which are awarded to contestants whose covers place in the top 10 of the iTunes top 200 chart at the close of a given week’s voting window. So which of the singers were primed to claim the coveted 10-times vote multipliers as of 11 PM the night of the live show?
Earning top billing as of press time was the Blake Shelton protege Adam Wakefield, whose cover of The Allman Brothers’ 1994 release “Soulshine” sat just two positions out of iTunes bonus territory in 12th place. Just a single placement below Wakefield in 13th with her take on Demi Lovato’s “Stone Cold” was Alisan Porter, who is mentored by Christina Aguilera. Both Wakefield and Porter could easily slide into the top 10 by 9 AM Pacific on April 19 and claim season 10’s first iTunes multipliers.
Although several of the other contestants still vying for “The Voice” 2016 title ranked well on the charts at press time, none are likely to enter the top 10. Of the 10, Team Pharrell Williams’ Emily Keener fared the best, placing 33rd with “Lilac Wine.” Keener’s teammate Hannah Huston followed at number 44 with “Something’s Got a Hold on Me,” and Team Christina’s Nick Hagelin ranked 50th with his cover of Shelton’s “Mine Would Be You.”
Team Adam Levine’s Shalyah Fearing, who came close to earning an iTunes bonus for her playoff round cover, sat in the 53-spot with “Up to the Mountain,” while her teammates –Laith Al-Saadi and Owen Danoff– placed 56th and 63rd with their respective tunes: “Born Under a Bad Sign” and “7 Years.” Team Christina’s Bryan Bautista followed in the 81-spot with Seal’s “Kiss from a Rose.” Daniel Passino of Team Pharrell edged his way into the top 100 as his cover of “Human Nature” rested in 98th place.
The final two contestants in the mix –who are both members of Team Blake– have yet to break into the top 100. Included are Mary Sarah, who ranked 109th with Carrie Underwood’s “So Small,” and Paxton Ingram, whose cover of “Hands to Myself” sat at number 180 at press time.
To see if Wakefield and Porter do indeed claim iTunes vote multipliers, take a gander at the top 200 chart at 9 AM Pacific on April 19. To see which contestants advance safely to the top 10, tune in to “The Voice” 2016 top 12 results show on NBC. Check local listings for times.