Caterwauling cover of “My Heart Will Go On” erased all memories of her tender, piano-driven “The One That Got Away.” Which Sylvia will show up this week?
9. Cody Belew
(Last week No. 8)
Winning personality and awesome stubble not enough to overcome his tepid rendition of a very peculiar song choice in Tina Turner’s “The Best.” Needs to go to YouTube and rewatch his shimmying George Michael cover from Top 20 week to recalibrate his musical compass.
8. Nicholas David
(Last week No. 7)
Another Cee Lo protege who’s been saddled with odd material. Surely Nick can get a little funkier than Huey Lewis for Top 10 week, yes?
7. Melanie Martinez
(Last week No. 11)
Top 12 cover of “Cough Syrup” was largely in tune, with a quietly emotional edge. Whether you love or hate her Kewpie Doll styling and breathy tone, she’s got a distinctive identity in the competition, and that’s got to be good for at least one more week.
6. Terry McDermott
(Last week No. 3)
Early favorite gave one of the season’s best vocals on “Maybe I’m Amazed,” but neither of his live performances — especially a strained cover of “More Than a Feeling” — have quite lived up to the hype. The vocal ability is without question, but needs a stronger point of view than Classic Rock Jukebox if he wants to win the whole enchilada.
5. Trevin Hunte
(Last week No. 2)
Another singer whose God-given talent far outweighs the creativity he (and his mentor) have shown to date. Trevin’s voice packs a powerful punch — and he rarely misses a note — but his clichéd song choices are more “Michael Bolton’s backup singer” than “Season 3 Voice champ.”
4. Cassadee Pope
(Last week No. 9)
I’m not gonna lie: I have yet to understand why Blake Shelton keeps labeling the former Hey Monday singer as a potential superstar, but Top 12 cover of “Behind These Hazel Eyes” was at least a step in the right direction — even if it wasn’t the most innovative song choice. Paired with her sizable pre-show fanbase, she’s certainly a serious threat to go all the way.
3. Dez Duron
(Last week No. 10)
His very good over of “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” proved it’s irresponsible to dismiss Dez as a guy who’s coasting on his good looks alone. He’s been relatively consistent and is improving at the right time, too. And reality competition voters love a story of upward momentum.
2. Amanda Brown
(Last week No. 1)
Stumbled with a very iffy take on Florence + the Machine during Top 12 week, but the fact remains that her renditions of “Dream On,” “Paris (Ooh La La)” and “Vision of Love” represent the strongest overall body of work in Season 3. Now if the coaches wouldn’t judge her on a curve compared to some of her less formidable foes, she might be turn out to be the show’s first female champ.
1. Bryan Keith
(Last week No. 5)
He’s been consistently solid all season, but really stepped it up in Top 12 week with a suave, stylish twist on Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black.” If he continues to stretch his artistry with interesting cover choices — and maintains his ready-for-primetime vocal consistency — it’s not impossible he could turn Season 3 into a one-two punch for Team Adam.
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