The Voice: The 10 Singers Likeliest to Win Season 12
10. Quizz Swanigan
The youngest contestant in the series’ history is so young that his voice probably isn’t even done changing yet. But his powerful pipes and baby-faced charisma not only convinced Alicia Keys to dump Felicia Temple for him, they inspired Gwen Stefani to use a steal.
9. Jesse Larson
The only thing more impressive than the growl on this long-lost Blues Brother is the control that he seems to have over it. (Well, that and the beard.) Since Joe Cocker, whom he admirably covered, is no longer among us, we could use a new singer on the scene with soul in his heart and gravel in his throat.
Arguably the season’s most unique contestant, TSoul brings to the stage an energy that’s as electric as the lights that flash during his performances. And the way he handles a run… da-amn! It’s no mystery why his army of fans is always recruiting new TSouldiers.
7. Lauren Duski
Subtlety isn’t always regarded as a Voice virtue. But from the get-go, viewers have responded to the overwhelming beauty of the country singer’s often understated delivery. She doesn’t just make you appreciate every note, she makes you believe every word.
6. Brennley Brown
Solid from the start, this 15-year-old dynamo reinforced how shrewd Gwen had been to steal her from beau Blake during the Battle Rounds by bringing down the house with her Knockouts performance of Kelly Clarkson’s “Up to the Mountain.” Brennley’s so good, she could actually be a real threat to the singer at No. 2.
5. Vanessa Ferguson
Hats off — or on, as she seems to prefer — to Alicia’s R&B powerhouse. When she really lets loose, as she did on “If I Were Your Woman” in the Knockout Round that sent Jack Cassidy packing, the urgency and intensity of her voice makes her almost untouchable.
4. Hunter Plake
Some people wear their hearts on their sleeves. But Hunter… he wears his on the stage, and in such a striking, emotionally open manner that it makes his evocative performances pretty much impossible to forget. Alicia’s loss was definitely Gwen’s gain.
3. Lilli Passero
From the moment this waitress served us our first helping of retro jazz, we’ve been like, “Check, please!” She’s polished enough that her gleam probably shows all the way in the Hollywood Hills, and that voice of hers is as intoxicating as a (third) glass of wine. Alicia was nuts to let her go.
2. Casi Joy
An early favorite thanks to her pitch-perfect rendition of “Blue” during the Blind Auditions, Blake’s other country girl has since reinforced the impression that her stage presence is as strong as her voice. Heck, even without the yodeling, she leaves us shouting, “Yeehaw!”
1. Chris Blue
Credit where it’s due — TVLine’s readers pegged Chris as one to watch before even its recapper and flipped when his Blind Audition was only given a grade of “B.” Since then, the season’s standout has proven time and again that he has both the star quality and the voice to not only win the competition but conquer the charts as well.