Paxton Ingram | The only member of the Top 12 not to crack the iTunes Top 100 singles chart last week, he also ranked a wretched No. 394 during the Live Playoffs (288 spots below his nearest Team Blake rival). Clearly getting some Facebook- and App-vote love, but he’s as likely to inherit Jordan Smith’s crown as Blake releasing an EDM remix album.
Odds of Winning: 100-1
Daniel Passino | Pharrell’s “bring back artist” has vocal accuracy and a pretty tone, but his “Human Nature” was so cruise-shippy, it came with a buffet dinner and shuffleboard on the lido deck. A killer performance or two could result in a mid-pack finish, but no better.
Odds of Winning: 75-1
Mary Sarah | Retro country vet with a prior all-star duets album on her résumé stubbed her toe badly on a wan cover of Carrie Underwood’s “So Small” on Top 12 night. With a tone that can veer toward thin and shrill, she seems unlikely to give Blake another country victory. Then again, can you ever underestimate a Team Blake country chica?
Odds of Winning: 50-1
Owen Danoff | Adam may be more passionate about Owen than any artist in recent memory — his results-night plea to America to Twitter save the soft-spoken troubadour may have been the deciding factor — but there’s a charisma deficit at present that’ll be tough to remedy. True, his “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right” was an intimate highlight of the Blind Auditions, but that performance seems a bit like ancient history now.
Odds of Winning: 30-1
Nick Hagelin | Has performed very solidly on iTunes since Xtina selected him as her “Bring-Back Artist” — despite the fact that his live renditions of “Stay” and “Mine Would Be You” were out of tune and occasionally inaudible. How far can good looks, charisma and an adorable toddler son take him? We’re guessing maybe seventh- or sixth-place.
Odds of Winning: 20-1
Laith Al-Saadi | Gruff-voiced, bearded blues vet isn’t the kind of artist who’ll be pimped relentlessly by producers, but his solid rendition of “Born Under a Bad Sign” represented one of the cooler song choices this season. If he takes a few song choice risks — and offers some intimacy amidst the wailing — his run could mirror that of another gentleman of a certain age, Season 3 third-place finisher Nicholas David.
Odds of Winning: 15-1
Bryan Bautista | Pharrell has suggested Bryan’s a lock to get a major-label deal when the season is over — and it’s easy to see why. Dude is ridiculously handsome, possesses a soulful falsetto and seems as Billboard-chart ready as any contestant in recent memory. Still, last week’s “Kiss From a Rose” exposed some unexpected vocal weaknesses. Which Bryan will show up this week?
Odds of Winning: 10-1
Shalyah Fearing | Teen phenom has explosive power and passion, but still seems a year or two away from the kind of polish required to go all the way. Would be exciting to see her tackle something more youthful and uptempo, but a steady and predictable diet of reality-singing competition diva staples will probably be enough to carry her to the Top 5.
Odds of Winning: 8-1
Hannah Huston | Quirky pre-school teacher tore into an Etta James cover last week like a cheetah into an impala leg. Hasn’t quite settled on a singular artistic identity – and that could haunt her against more experienced singers like Adam and Alisan — but if Pharrell takes more than a surface-level interest in her development, she could emerge as a dark horse.
Odds of Winning: 5-1
Adam Wakefield | Soulful southern rocker also has the country vote on lock — and outpaced front-running Alisan by two spots on last week’s iTunes charts. He’s slowly and steadily displaying more confidence and style to accompany his gritty, gorgeous vocals — and might have more of a “growth arc” upswing than Alisan, too.
Odds of Winning: 3-1
Alisan Porter |The Voice is known for showcasing its eventual winner in its premiere — and pushing them hard all season — and Alisan fits that bill. Her “Blue Bayou” audition was an awesome display of nuance and passion, and while she’s overshot the mark in a few recent performances (i.e. “California Dreamin”), it’s still hard to imagine she won’t break the “girl curse” and get the gold for Ms. Aguilera.