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The Voice Predictions: Who's at Risk on Top 12 Results Night?

The Voice‘s Top 12 results telecast (tonight, 8/7c on NBC) could turn out to be the best of times and the worst of times for Coach Blake Shelton.

After all, while the country superstar’s main man Adam Wakefield is atop the Season 10 heap when it comes to iTunes sales, Blake’s remaining two artists find themselves on the exact opposite end of the spectrum as of noon ET (the official close of voting).

Granted, downloads are only one component of the equation — there’s also online and Voice app votes to consider — but there’s a pretty clear pecking order based on chart position on a night when there’ll be a Bottom 2, an instant save, and only one elimination. Let’s take a look:

Ranking on iTunes Singles Chart at Close of Voting (Tuesday, Noon ET)
7. Adam Wakefield – Allman Brothers’ “Soulshine” (Team Blake)
9. Alisan Porter – Demi Lovato’s “Stone Cold” (Team Xtina)
26. Emily Keener – Jeff Buckley’s “Lilac Wine” (Team Pharrell)
40. Nick Hagelin – Blake Shelton’s “Mine Would be You” (Team Xtina)
41. Hannah Huston – Etta James’ “Something’s Got a Hold on Me” (Team Pharrell)
44. Laith Al-Saadi – Albert King’s “Born Under a Bad Sign” (Team Adam)
45. Owen Danoff – Lukas Graham’s “7 Years” (Team Adam)
47. Shalyah Fearing – Patti Griffin’s “Up to the Mountain” (Team Adam)
71. Bryan Bautista – Seal’s “Kiss From a Rose” (Team Xtina)
78. Daniel Passino – Michael Jackson’s “Human Nature” (Team Pharrell)
86. Mary Sarah – Carrie Underwood’s “So Small” (Team Blake)
163. Paxton Ingram – Selena Gomez’s “Hands to Myself” (Team Blake)

It is as certain as Pharrell’s dedication to Adidas that Adam and Alisan will advance to next week’s show, given that they both cracked the Top 10 in iTunes, and qualified for the “multiplier” bonus. Emily, too, looks like a lock, seeing how she’s the only other artist in the Top 30.

Meanwhile, barring a total and unprecedented abandonment by their burgeoning fan bases, Nick, Hannah, Laith, Owen and Shalyah are all safe bets, considering the sales distance between them and this week’s bottom four. So while Team Adam’s best individual showing this week is sixth out of 12, he can nevertheless start celebrating that his entire team will still be with us next week.

That leaves Bryan, Daniel, Mary and Paxton in potential jeopardy. Paxton, who needed Blake’s save in last week’s Live Playoffs results and is almost 80 places behind Mary on iTunes, is the obvious pick for elimination — and a stark reminder that Blake really should’ve spared Joe Maye or Katie Basden last week, unless he’s secretly getting paid to help Xtina break the “girl curse.”

Who’ll join Paxton in the bottom — and be forced to sing for the Twitter save — is the biggest question mark looming over results night. You can’t discount the Blake Factor — voters love him, and they love his country artists — which is good news for Mary. That said, she performed in the show-opening “death slot” on Monday, and was thoroughly forgettable, too. Bryan’s iffy song choice and possible vote-split with Xtina’s other “hot guy” Nick could hurt him, but let’s be honest: He’s one of the most commercially viable fellas in recent Voice history.

In the end, Daniel Passino’s cruise-ship cheesiness and relative dearth of screen time (compared to Bryan and Mary) means it’ll probably come down to him or Paxton waiting for the guillotine to drop. Here’s hoping he chooses his “Save Me” song wisely!

Who do you think will and should go home on The Voice Top 12 results night? Sound off in the comments!

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47 Comments
  1. I don’t get the love that people have for Nick! He just wasn’t that good last night. But then again, I wasn’t as impressed by Emily’s performance as the rest of the world’s seems to be either. Not that she should go home, that should be Nick or Paxton.

    • Lee says:

      Agreed. Towards the end, I had fallen asleep during last night’s broadcast. Most of the performances weren’t all that great and the same with the song choices.

    • Rudy says:

      I completely agree. I cannot believe that Nick was saved by voters last week as opposed to Brian. I do not believe that Xtina wouldve saved Nick if he was in the same position. Nick making it made Xtina’s team worse.

      • Paula says:

        Right on! That’s why these reality singing shows go south when the public starts voting! Nick was Xtina’s weakest singer, but he was voted in because of his back story. Tamar and Ryan were EXCELLENT vocalists – what a loss!

        • davmon says:

          Indeed, Xtina had four outstanding team members in Bryan, Alisan, Tamar, & Ryan. They probably deserved to be in top 6 with Hannah and Adam….I expected Ryan might lose out due to some inconsistency–along with Kata. But Nick blowing past everyone but Alisan was a shock. Then she had to save Bryan who had been more consistent than even Alisan. So Tamar lost out. And Ryan. So sad. .

    • Greg Cantin says:

      Nick was saved for one reason: His Kid. A very sweet boy, but it’s not really a valid reason in a Singing Competition.

  2. Sally says:

    I was pleased to see my favorites Adam, Laith, Emily and Hannah are safe. I agree that Mary will be voted in by the country music fans despite her second to the bottom ranking on I Tunes. Daniel and Paxton most likely will have to perform for the twitter save. Paxton will go home.

  3. AJ says:

    I think Paxton will survive. I think he will be in the bottom 2. I didnt like his changes to the song…i thing by slowing it down he lost the energy that makes him special. And i blame BLAKE who is used to slow country ballads.

    Im convinced Paxton will be Paxton & kick ass & survive the bottom 2

  4. Billie says:

    How many people get eliminated tonight? I know the bottom sing for their life, then someone gets a twitter save. But is it bottom 3 sing and 2 go home? Or bottom 2 sing and 1 goes home?

  5. LBnDC says:

    Love that folks are getting into the blues. Laith’s ” Born Under a Bad Sign” was a terrific classic blues cut.

    • davmon says:

      Indeed, Albert King rocks…and ditto for Hannah’s version of Etta’s Something’s Gotta Hold on Me….And remember Mia Z doing BB King’s The Thrill is Gone? The Voice occasionally allows some great songs to pass through the filter….Wish for more!

  6. TonytheTank says:

    Really think it will be between Bryan and Paxton going home. Bryan needed Christina to save him last week.

    • Lee says:

      Agreed. But I think Paxton will be the one going home.

    • davmon says:

      I do not see this happening unless it is a bias against black males. Paxton sang an awful song; but his singing was considerably better than Daniel & Nick whose falsettos went haywire and lost touch with the songs. And Brian was the best over four rounds, until he slipped on some high notes this week. But he should still be top 6…I could see where Paxton might end up matched with Daniel tonight, because Nick seems to have a following of sorts, regardless of merit. . .

  7. Timmah says:

    I think song selection may have done in Mary Sarah. If she survives she should steer clear of that contemporary pop-country dreck which doesn’t play to her strengths at all.

    • It’s not contemporary country that was the problem. It’s that she doesn’t have the range of Carrie Underwood. She’s good but not that good.

      • Timmah says:

        Another reason why it was a bad choice. I mean, you wouldn’t give Tracy Chapman a song written for Mariah Carey. I’m just saying that Blake hasn’t a clue how to show off her strengths. I actually think he’s lost interest in the show, as evidenced by picking Paxton. And he may well lose them both tonight as a result.

  8. Tom Fuller says:

    Paxton by far. I just don’t get it . I really thought Blake would save Katie.

  9. cookiencream says:

    please make sure you save Daniel!! He totally deserves to be on the show more than Paxton ugh

  10. suebrody says:

    Paxton should home and will go home. Compared to the other singers, he just isn’t talented enough.

  11. N says:

    Owen should go not that great

    • davmon says:

      True, but it is not time yet. Daniel & Nick & Paxton & Mary Sarah are definitely worse. He could last till top 8.

  12. Elizabeth says:

    I just do not think it is fair if a contestant has already had a chance at stardom…only those who never had that privilege before.

    • Linn Bunch says:

      Voice producers invite people to audition. They love second chance singers & sad back stories. Their vontest, their rules.

  13. Frances Greg Walker says:

    PALLLEEEEZEEEE CHRISTINA!!!!!! WECALL KNOW YOU HAVE BOOBS…YOU LOOK GREAT BUT NOT ON PRIME TIME..WOUKD NOT ALLOW KIDDOS TO WATCH YOU…

  14. MJ says:

    Please please please- there is no reason that Gwen should be wearing tops that reveal her chest. This is a family show! The judges are amazing and it is just not necspassary! She is great and does not need to wear the type of revealing tops she wore yesterday and is wearing today. Thank you! Love the show!

  15. rosebud says:

    It’s a shame the best singers got voted off for the 3 thugs that was pick

  16. Gary Landess says:

    Adam Wakefield should sing “Can’t You See” by Marshall Tucker, he would kill it!

  17. ng says:

    Christina aguillera!!!! Since this is a family show, she should wear decent clothes that you don’t mind your children seeing!!! What parent with any morals wants their children seeing her anatomy?!!!

  18. Jennifer Oliveri says:

    Glad you were wrong about Paxton!!

  19. jab says:

    How did that Taylor Swift redux guy get in top 12….
    My apologies…bad with names..Last night felt like he was performing to 12 year olds..

  20. Jan L Taylor says:

    wow Christina cover up there are many young girls watching and you are not a good example. Less is more girls! Don’t try to copy christina…not how to dress!

  21. Please ask Christina to cover up a little. I don’t need to look at her boobs every show! They are very nice and I’m sure she paid a lot of money for them but I don’t need to see them!

  22. Robert says:

    Emily definitely rightfully got eliminated.

  23. Alex says:

    Reading this and remembering how stupid it was that Emily went. She had all the blocks in the right place.
    Perhaps it’s because she betrayed her yellow song roots for lilac…