Six artists from The Voice Top 10 can probably exhale — and one can do a happy dance — headed into tonight’s results telecast (8/7c on NBC).
Indeed, Alisan Porter breaks into the Top 10 on the iTunes singles chart — and snags the coveted multiplier bonus — thanks to her breathtaking, heartbreaking “Let Him Fly.” Her march to victory — prophesied in the Season 10 premiere — continues unabated.
Granted, downloads are only one component of the elimination equation — there’s also online and Voice app votes to consider — but the Bottom 2 in Top 11 Week turned out to be its two lowest sellers, reinforcing iTunes as a solid predictive tool. Once again this week, there’ll be a Bottom 2, an instant save, and only one elimination. Let’s make some educated guesses about who’s at risk:
Ranking on iTunes Singles Chart at Close of Voting (Tuesday, Noon ET)
6. Alisan Porter – Patti Griffin’s “Let Him Fly” (Team Xtina)
11. Laith Al-Saadi – BB King’s “The Thrill Is Gone” (Team Adam)
16. Adam Wakefield – Ray Charles’ “I Got a Woman” (Team Blake)
18. Mary Sarah – Tammy Wynette’s “Stand By Your Man” (Team Blake)
23. Hannah Huston – Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep (Team Pharrell)
35. Bryan Bautista – Romeo Santos and Usher’s “Promise” (Team Xtina)
37. Paxton Ingram – Celine Dion’s “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now” (Team Blake)
91. Nick Hagelin – Michael Jackson’s “I Can’t Help It” (Team Xtina)
92. Shalyah Fearing – Emeli Sande’s “My Kind of Love” (Team Adam)
186. Daniel Passino – Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” (Team Pharrell)
Let’s be honest: Christina Milian is more likely to be found holding court in the Sprint Skybox than Alisan, Laith, Adam or Mary winding up at risk this week.
Similarly, Hannah looks like she ought to be in the clear, landing just outside the Top 20. Now, granted, Emily Keener got sent to the guillotine in Top 12 week — after placing at No. 26 on iTunes (ahead of nine of her fellow finalists), but that result looks like something of an anomaly, and if I’m right about that, look for Bryan and Paxton to sail through to the Top 9, too.
That leaves Nick, Shalyah and Daniel as the vulnerable impala limping along at the back of the pack — does that make emcee Carson Daly the hungry lion? — putting Coaches Adam and Pharrell at risk of being down to just one artist heading into Top 9.
Daniel — who had to compete for the save last week, performed in the show-opening death spot, got rare on-air criticisms of his pitch from Xtina and his own coach, and finished a distant last in iTunes — is virtually a lock for the Bottom 2. Nick and Shalyah are so close sales-wise that it’s tough to predict which one of ’em might join Daniel in the sing-off, but given that Nick’s previously survived far worse performances than his Michael Jackson cover, I’m guessing he’ll eke out Shalyah in viewer votes and make it Xtina’s best week ever.
Bottom 2 Prediction: Daniel and Shalyah (though it could easily be Daniel and Nick) — with Daniel going home.
Who do you think will and should go home on The Voice Top 10 results night? Sound off in the comments!