The Voice Top 11 iTunes Rankings: Who's at Risk?

When the axe gets swung at the end of tonight’s The Voice Top 11 results telecast (8/7c on NBC), there’s only one coach who seems guaranteed to send all three of his or her contestants into next week’s Top 10 performance show: Yep, pour a little moonshine into your mug and raise a toast to the unbreakable Blake Shelton.

Granted, one might argue that Blake’s bro Adam Levine has more cause to celebrate — seeing how two of his proteges, Amy Vachal and Jordan Smith, cracked the Top 10 of the iTunes chart (making them eligible for the 10x multiplier bonus), but the Maroon 5 frontman’s third contender, Shelby Brown, is a distant last — putting her at serious risk of needing the Twitter Save this week.

In addition to Amy and Jordan, Blake’s country chica Emily Ann Roberts also snuck into the Top 10 — making her a certainty to advance, as well.

Falling under the “safe bets” category are Team Pharrell’s Madi Davis, Team Gwen’s Jeffery Austin and Blake’s remaining artists Barrett Baber and Zach Seabaugh — all of whom landed somewhere between No. 16 and No. 31 on iTunes at the close of voting.

That leaves four contestants who ought to be locked in their hotel rooms for the next eight hours and practicing the bejeezus out of their “Save Me” songs: Evan McKeel, last week’s Twitter Save recipient Korin Bukowski, 15-year-old Braiden Sunshine and the aforementioned Shelby Brown (who probably wouldn’t be in this position if she’d gone the predictable route and chosen Blake as her coach).

Seeing how Braiden avoided the Bottom 2 last week even after winding up dead last on iTunes, it’s clear he’s got strong support with online/app voters (who are due for visits to their otolaryngologists). I think he’ll buy himself one more week of safety, considering “True” was significantly less out of tune than his Top 12 “Renegade.” And if the kid does wind up in the Bottom 2, look for his puppy-dog eyes to give him a leg up over whoever he’s up against.

Nevertheless, the most likely outcome will find Shelby up against either Korin or Evan — and despite her dismal showing on the charts this week, I’d argue that the Alabama native’s big, booming vocal style will make her tough to beat in a head-to-head showdown. The one wild card, of course, is whether the coaches try to tip the scales in favor of Shelby’s rival (as the production hasn’t given Shelby the most flattering edit this season). But I’m going out on a limb and predicting she’s talented enough to overcome it — and send either Korin or Evan packing seconds before the screen jumps over to an all new Chicago Med.

Ranking on iTunes Singles Chart at Close of Voting (Tuesday, Noon ET)
4. Team Adam: Amy Vachal, “Blank Space”
8. Team Adam: Jordan Smith, “Who You Are”
10. Team Blake: Emily Ann Roberts, “Why Not Me”
16. Team Pharrell: Madi Davis, “Love Is Blindness”
27. Team Gwen: Jeffery Austin, “Dancing on My Own”
29. Team Blake: Barrett Baber, “Delta Dawn”
31. Team Blake: Zach Seabaugh, “Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not”
43. Team Pharrell: Evan McKeel, “Smile”
56. Team Gwen: Korin Bukowski, “Only Hope”
63. Team Gwen: Braiden Sunshine, “True”
96. Team Adam: Shelby Brown, “You and I”

Who do you think is going home this week? And who should get his or her walking papers? Take our polls below, then hit the comments!


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20 Comments
  1. Tyler says:

    So Jeffery got the pimp spot, got an A from Slezak, and still couldn’t crack the Top 10 in iTunes. Yeah–that was a memorable performance!

  2. Debbie says:

    I don’t think the itunes sales should be used as voting. There’s lots of times I thought performances were good but no way wanted to own the stupid song they were given or chose to sing.

  3. trainerbt says:

    I think every download should be either one vote or ten votes – none of this “if you are in the top 10, then each counts as 10 votes .. if you’re not, they don’t.”

  4. Lizzie says:

    In no particular order, the people I don’t want to hear sing anymore:

    Barrett – just not a genuine kind of guy, or voice. Maybe they over-sold him early on
    Jeffrey – not a fan, and he’s getting a little pompous now
    Braiden – unless he gets just one decent song to sing that isn’t from the 70’s or 80’s
    Korin (I was a fan early on, before Gwen started her wrecking ball on this girl)
    Shelby – loud is not the only volume level

  5. DarkDefender says:

    I do think Braiden should go, he struggles when he sings. But I fear he will get the Sanjaya treatment, so Korin will probably go.

    • suz says:

      @ writer Mike Sleezak… Braiden wasn’t “out of tune”….both Pharrell and Gwen commented on hitting the notes right. YOUR hearing needs to be checked. If anything, they gave him a bad song choice.

      • Angie_Overrated says:

        @ suz: yes, he was out of tune. You believe the mentors when basically nothing they say is honest critique?

        • Caitlyn says:

          Do you think sharp, flat or both? I really don’t have the ear for such things.

          • Angie_Overrated says:

            More often than not someone is going to be flat, not sharp. Typically the only time you hear someone go sharp is when they’re doing a melodic leap and overshoot the correct note.

  6. Chris says:

    Emily Ann is my girl from tennessee

  7. I don’t think money should be involved in the voting. Lots of folks like a certain person and have no idea how to download Itunes, nor do they want to buy songs. This just isn’t a way to vote, money controlled contest. I love the program, but hate this money controlled voting process.

    • kevstar says:

      Sadly, we live in a money controlled society. If you like something but don’t spend any money on it, how will they know you like it.
      Now, what they need to do is find a way for everyone to see the save- me performance in real time and let us vote on Twitter AND Facebook. (I refuse to get on Twitter)

  8. Jasmine Alvarez says:

    I really think Emily Ann should win she is so good and will make it far in the music business.