Why He Could Win: His story of surviving a deadly plane crash has given his Season 9 run an inspirational vibe. Muscular voice and muscular physique would make him an easy fit at country radio.
What Might Bring Him Down: The season’s least consistent vocalist has already had two disastrous performances (“Delta Dawn” and “Ghost”) over the course of this abbreviated season. Yes, voters gave him a pass, but he’s also had the rockiest iTunes rankings among the remaining artists.
Must-See Performance: Conway Twitty’s “I’d Love to Lay You Down” (Watch it here.)
Odds of winning: 15-1
Coach: Gwen Stefani
Why He Could Win: Hands down, he’s been Season 9’s most emotionally compelling singer — with an innate ability to breathe life into a lyric and an impressive mastery of vocal dynamics. He’s taken more risks with his arrangements than his rivals, too, and his tone is instantly recognizable.
What Might Bring Him Down: Gwen has been pushing Jeffery to let loose physically on stage — but he’s never completely stamped out the sense of tentativeness in his facial expressions and demeanor. His steady output of heartbreak-themed ballads has been a tad bit samey-samey.
Why She Could Win: She’s the only female vocalist left — so there’s no competition for the diva-obsessed voting bloc — and country artists have fared very well with Voice voters, too. Emily Ann’s effortless, honeyed tone and enviable pitch are reminiscent of another reality-show-contestant-turned-superstar named Carrie Underwood.
What Might Bring Her Down: The teenage contestant has definitely improved over the course of the season, but she still looks a little “impala in a lion’s den” when she’s working the stage. Plus, her light and sweet song choices have lacked the explosive emotional factor that typically lead to reality-competition victories.
Why He Could Win: Producers have been heralding him since the season premiere, and it’s not hard to see why: If Jordan’s missed a single note this season, we have yet to hear it. Eye-popping horsepower, humble demeanor and “self-acceptance” arc won’t hurt, either.
What Might Bring Him Down: Hasn’t always brought the grit or depth of emotion required for his ambitious song choices (i.e. “Who You Are,” “Hallelujah”). Plus, relentless hype can sometimes lead to voter backlash.
Must-See Performance: Queen’s “Somebody to Love” (Watch it here.)