Adorkable chap hasn’t made much of an impression since his Blind Audition to Miguel’s “Sure Thing.” Actually, even that solid effort wasn’t exactly memorable compared to his more exciting Season 8 challengers.
19. TEAM PHARRELL: LOWELL OAKLEY
Pharrell is mildly-to-moderately obsessed with this cutie crooner, but his Knockout Rounds meltdown — complete with creepy, mid-performance giggle — was cataclysmically terrible. That’ll be a hard one to bounce back from — unless his next jam is palate-cleansingly epic.
18. TEAM BLAKE: HANNAH KIRBY
She’s got a big, beasty voice bursting with grit and personality — but there’s a sense she doesn’t yet fully know how to control her gift. Blake stole her back, though, and his belief might carry her a lot further than initially anticipated.
17. TEAM ADAM: BRIAN JOHNSON
Nice guy with a sweet pop sound — but he’s coming off as fairly forgettable in a year with big personalities and thrilling pre-live performances.
16. TEAM XTINA: ROB TAYLOR
His combination of falsetto and raw power is inarguably impressive — but he needs to find a way to present himself as modern and exciting, not just a solid cruise-ship cover singer, if he wants to stick around on Xtina’s best team ever.
15. TEAM BLAKE: BROOKE ADEE
Decimated the more hyped Kelsie May in the Knockouts — despite Blake’s well-known preference for country singers. Got the dreaded montage in the Battle Rounds, though, and will need to up the charisma quotient pronto if she wants to break through the clutter.
14. TEAM ADAM: DEANNA JOHNSON
Voice fans love redemption stories of rejected contestants who come back and succeed the second time around, but her “Listen to Your Heart” was a bit too quavery to peg her as a potential winner in this very, very tough season.
13. TEAM XTINA: LEXI DAVILA
Nerves have been a major problem, but when she opened up midway through “Anything Could Happen” in the Knockouts, the results were astonishing. Has a shot to win the whole enchilada if she keeps getting better following a steal by Xtina.
12. TEAM PHARRELL: KORYN HAWTHORNE
She flew under the radar — that is until she proved Kimberly Nichole’s equal in the Knockouts with a fantastic Pink cover. If producers don’t dismiss her as cannon fodder, her future with voters (and ultimately, record buyers) could be bright indeed.
11. TEAM BLAKE: SARAH POTENZA
Quirky rock chick lays waste to her tunes like a hurricane connecting with a straw shack. Needs to bring a little more nuance to the stage, but on the flip side, she’s a lot more fun to watch than some of her stodgier competitors.
10. TEAM PHARRELL: CAITLIN CAPORALE
Yet another Season 8 chica with monster pipes, Caitlin went toe-to-toe with Xtina on “Impossible” in the Blinds, and hasn’t hit a single bum note, since. Her personality hasn’t quite shone through in the early stages of the competition, but if that puzzle piece finds its place in the Live Playoffs, beware!
9. TEAM ADAM: TONYA BOYD-CANNON
In a season with a particularly competitive soul-pop diva division, Tonya’s chuch-tinged, buoyant brand of singing remains unforgettable — especially considering she’s on Adam’s surprisingly lackluster team.
8. TEAM XTINA: SONIC
Hasn’t gotten quite as much hype as some of her pop-R&B competitors this season, but her Alicia Keys cover in the Knockouts was note-perfect and emotionally plugged-in. Could she be America’s answer to Jessie J?
7. TEAM BLAKE: MEGHAN LINSEY
Blake’s one-time opening act (!) is a reality-show vet — having won CMT’s Can You Duet in 2009. But while her voice is big enough to take complete the phrase “Godzilla Vs…,” she needs hipper styling if she wants to survive to the final weeks of the competition.
6. TEAM BLAKE: COREY KENT WHITE
Season 8’s sole pure-country artist is seriously camera-genic (AKA hot) and he’s got a voice with all the nooks and crannies necessary to nail the twangy storytelling required of him by Coach Blake.
5. TEAM XTINA: INDIA CARNEY
Needs to be wary of excessive vibrato, but the opera-trained beauty’s got more horsepower in her vocals than a top-of-the-line SUV — and her Knockout Round take on “Big White Room” was her best yet.
4. TEAM PHARRELL: MIA Z
Her dolphin-squeak range is impressive — but it’s Mia’s ability to breathe fresh, soulful life into classic blues jams that’s made her a close No. 2 on Team Pharrell’s teenage dream of a team.
3. TEAM XTINA: KIMBERLY NICHOLE
Oozes more charisma than red jelly from an overstuffed powdered donut — and there hasn’t been a reality-competition singer with her brand of ugly-beautiful rock-soul power since Idol champ Fantasia Barrino.
2. TEAM ADAM: JOSHA DAVIS
Voice fans love voting for long-time musicians with beautifully weathered voices and families to support (see Josh Kaufman, Craig Wayne-Boyd) — and Adam is particularly adept at the art of selecting songs that kill it in iTunes votes.
1. TEAM PHARRELL: SAWYER FREDERICKS
Freakishly talented 15-year-old never misses a note — and conveys a depth of emotion and powerful phrasing far beyond his tender years.