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The Voice Predictions: Who's at Risk on Top 11 Results Night?

One gazelle is straggling behind the pack — at least in terms of iTunes sales — among The Voice‘s Season 11 Top 11. But will she pay the ultimate price during tonight’s results telecast (8/7c on NBC)?

At first glance, things don’t look too promising for Team Miley diva Ali Caldwel, the talented soul singer who got saddled with an uptempo Dolly Parton ditty, a Tina Turner wardrobe knockoff and the dreaded opening performance slot on Monday — and subsequently failed to crack the iTunes Top 200 by the close of this week’s voting window.

Granted, downloads are only one component of the elimination equation — there’s also online, Facebook and Voice app votes to consider — but over the last several seasons, with only a few exceptions, those at or near the bottom of the sales chart have found themselves fighting for a Twitter save. And that was certainly the case during Season 11 Top 12 week, when Sa’Rayah was the sole contestant to land outside the Top 200 — and wound up going home.

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)
9. Sundance Head, “No One”
11. Billy Gilman, “All I Ask”
34. Wé McDonald, “Love on the Brain”
39. Aaron Gibson, “Hurt”
41. Brendan Fletcher, “The River”
44. Austin Allsup, “Turn the Page”
45. Darby Walker, “You Don’t Own Me”
73. Courtney Harrell, “What I Did for Love”
79. Josh Gallagher, “Drunk on Your Love”
114. Christian Cuevas, “Rosanna”
Ranked below the Top 200: Ali Caldwell, “9 to 5”

First things first: By cracking the Top 10 and qualifying for the iTunes 5x multiplier, Sundance is as safe as his beard is long. Billy, meanwhile, missed the bonus by one tick — thanks DJ Snake featuring Justin Bieber — but he’s as likely to be in the Bottom 2 as Blake is to release an EDM album.

It also appears that Wé, Aaron, Brendan, Austin and Darby will hear their names shouted enthusiastically (and in no particular order) by Carson Daly in the first half of the results show.

That leaves four artists potentially in peril: Courtney, Josh, Christian and Ali.

Yet while Christian and Ali were the clear losers on the charts, there’s one caveat against assuming they’ll automatically be the Bottom 2: Is there anyone in America who’s itching to download a cover of “Nine to Five” or “Rosanna” in 2016? Those song choices seemed designed to repel Ali and Christian’s most loyal fans from shelling out $1.29 — but I could imagine said supporters doubling down on online votes to make up for the lack of download loyalty.

Plus, Josh and Courtney sailed through to safety in Top 12 week despite subpar pitch — a problem that plagued them both again on Monday night. Could their fans have felt a decreased sense of urgency to cast their ballots this time around? Of the four singers, Josh has the biggest Twitter presence — with some 11,500 followers — but that’s not exactly the army of fans enjoyed by past competitors such as Cassadee Pope.

With that in mind, here are my controversial predictions for how Tuesday’s telecast will play out.

Predictions
Bottom 2: Courtney and either Ali or Christian
Most Likely to Be Eliminated: Courtney

Who do you think will and should be Bottom 2 this week? Who’s your pick to go home? Share your thoughts in the comments!

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13 Comments
  1. Russ says:

    Does not seem controversial at all. In fact they seem about dead on, especially with Courtney going home.

  2. LADY_in_MD says:

    what is it about Darby? Can someone who thinks she is a good singer please explain to me why? Cause last night she sounded awful to me

    I think Courtney will go home hope Ali gets another week she is really good but is being given bad song choices

    • I agree. Darby is always awful. As Randy Jackson would say, “Pitchy, Dawg.”

    • TeamAdamfan says:

      I know, right – the only reason I believe she has continued to blast us with her off key monstrosity is that Miley likes her flair for rainbows and the 70s (of course there is nothing wrong with rainbows and the 70s). The only other contestant that is as off key as Darby is Courtney. At least Ali can sing on key even if the song choice is off. I really hope Ali stays over Darby and Courtney.

  3. Melaniem says:

    Darby deserves to go home but I will shed no tears if Courtney is the artist eliminated. She has also had two terrible weeks and, even more than Darby, has shown absolutely no evidence that she can be a relevant artist in 2016. Would shed no tears if either Christian or Josh got the ax but am hoping Ali gets a reprieve. If nothing else, her superior talent should be enough to outsing anyone pitted against her in the instant Twitter save

  4. BlittleU says:

    Darby, Courtney, and Josh need to go. Two are mediocre and Courtney is boring. I threw Ali some votes because she was saddled with a terrible song. No one outside of a Kareoke Bar should ever sing 9 to 5, with the exception of Dolly.

    • Lizzie says:

      Some of the worst performances have been when a contestant chooses a song because it is their parent or grandparent’s favorite song, and this is one where it extended to the “coach” (such as she is) – just because Dolly is Miley’s godmother isn’t a reason to use an old song of hers for one of the contestants.

  5. kennybky92 says:

    I think Aaron will still be in the bottom two. History show he’s most likely to go home. Joining him will probably be Courtney.

  6. Lizzie says:

    This week’s performance showed why Blake let Josh go – and whoever chose a song for him with about 10 words in it repeated over and over and over – that was not any sort of a favor. Please let it be Darby that goes home.

  7. Stacy says:

    Darby has proven she can warble. If she wants to stay in the competition over the next few weeks, she needs to prove she can control that warble. I’m nervous about Miley’s upcoming song picks for her.

  8. Kenneth says:

    Billy gilman gave me chills. He proved what a outstanding voice he has and why he is needed back on radio.

  9. Judith says:

    Oh course it will be a black female eliminated. The core voting demographic for the show seems to hate black singers, black females especially. Then they salivate all over mediocre white country singers.

    We is the only one with a shot at the finale and it’s only because she has been the most pimped out black female ever on the show. She was one of only two singers included in the special sneak peak episode and they keep letting her close the show.

  10. analythinker says:

    Not looking good for Brendan. If he’s in the bottom with Christian, he’s gone. I wouldn’t count out Courtney yet, simply because she’s in Blake’s team.