You get the iTunes multiplier! And you get the iTunes multiplier! And you get the iTunes multiplier!
Indeed, eight out of the nine remaining contestants on Season 9 of The Voice cracked the Top 10 on the iTunes singles chart at the close of voting this week – multiplying their iTunes votes by 10.
Despite achieving said milestone, however, at least half of these vocalists will still be outfitted with cement shoes and sent into the sea of anonymity — from the standpoint of the competition, at least — during tonight’s brutal results telecast (8/7c on NBC).
The logjam at the top of the iTunes chart makes this a particularly difficult week for predictions — especially considering that only four singers will advance to next week’s finals.
For the uninitiated, during tonight’s show, the Top 3 vote-getters (based on online votes, iTunes sales and Voice app votes) will advance directly to next Monday’s performance show. The Bottom 3 will be axed immediately. That will leave the fourth-, fifth- and sixth-place contestants to perform one last time in hopes of scoring the season’s very last Twitter Save.
Based on her iTunes chart performance, it’s safe to assume Shelby Brown will be eliminated, but who will be on the chopping block next to her?
Despite finishing midpack on iTunes, I’m predicting Braiden Sunshine’s time is up. He landed in the Bottom 2 and needed the Twitter Save last week — an indication that his voting bloc is not especially strong — and he’s widely considered the weakest singer left in the competition.
I’m going to also predict that one member of Team Blake will also be an immediate cut — but it’s essentially a coin flip as to whether that’ll be Zach Seabaugh or Barrett Baber. Not only are they the two lowest-charting contestants in the Top 10, but they’re also likely going to suffer some vote-splitting among country fans — alongside Shelby and Emily Ann Roberts.
To figure out who’ll be participating in the sing-off, it’s prudent to try to figure out who’ll be automatically advancing to the finals.
Given his epic Queen cover, his end-of-episode performance slot and No. 1 chart position (even above the mighty Adele), Jordan Smith is a mortal lock. I’m also guessing that Emily Ann Roberts will ride her recent wave of strong iTunes performances to sail through into next week’s festivities. (Plus, it wouldn’t be The Voice without one country finalist, right?)
The fact that Jeffery Austin managed to rank second-highest of the Season 9 finalists — despite performing in the opening third of Monday’s telecast — is a good sign, but I wouldn’t count out Amy Vachal for the third automatic berth in the finale, either. Jeffery may be the stronger vocalist, but Amy’s pre-performance tears, her second-to-last performance slot and the power of Adam Levine could give her a shot at nosing out Jeffery.
In any event, the likeliest bet is a Twitter Save sing-off featuring Madi Davis Vs. Barrett OR Zach Vs. Jeffery OR Amy.
Ranking on iTunes Singles Chart at Close of Voting (Tuesday, Noon ET)
1. Team Adam: Jordan Smith, “Somebody to Love”
3. Team Gwen: Jeffery Austin, “Believe”
4. Team Blake: Emily Ann Roberts, “9 to 5”
5. Team Pharrell: Madi Davis, “Big Girls Don’t Cry”
6. Team Adam: Amy Vachal, “To Make You Feel My Love”
7. Team Gwen: Braiden Sunshine, “Amazing Race”
8. Team Blake: Zach Seabaugh, “The Climb”
9. Team Blake: Barrett Baber, “Ghost”
18. Team Adam: Shelby Brown, “Even God Must Get the Blues”