At the close of voting (10 AM ET), here are the iTunes results for last night’s performances on ‘The Voice’:
11. Danielle Bradbery
13. Michelle Chamuel
24. Amber Carrington
32. The Swon Brothers
44. Sarah Simmons
56. Holly Tucker
74. Judith Hill
76. Sasha Allen
-No one makes the top-10 this week, though Danielle and Michelle were right on the cusp. In a week with plenty of standout performances I thought someone else might throw their name in the hat to win this season, but nope. Season four of ‘The Voice’ is Danielle Bradbery vs. Michelle Chamuel, with Danielle as the favorite (but by a decreasing margin).
-Let’s talk eliminations. Sasha’s wobbly performance last night was a red flag, and the fact that she’s in last place on iTunes means she’s almost certainly going home tonight. That means tonight may very well be the official torch-passing from Xtina to Shakira, in terms of not placing a single contestant in the top-6. Shakira only has herself to blame, particularly the inexplicable decision to advance Garrett Gardener over her two Latin powerhouses, Cathia and Mary Miranda. What was she thinking? She’ll have plenty of time to consider that question when she’s sitting around doing nothing the last couple weeks.
-For the second elimination spot…sigh. Judith Hill is just too good for this competition, y’all. It wouldn’t be inconceivable for Holly, 18 spots ahead on iTunes, to go home instead of Judith, but it’s not likely. Despite being the consensus best performer this season, Judith’s never had much voting support, probably because nobody really thinks of her as a singing show contestant. Here’s hoping she goes on to bigger and better things.
-Holly Tucker’s road to the finals is clear: she has to sing a gospel song next week. If she does she all but guarantees herself a spot in the final four, but if not she doesn’t have the voting support (even when she’s excellent like last night).
-Likewise, the Swons need to stick with a slower, harmony-driven song next week to ensure their spot in the top-four.
-Maybe I was too hard on Adam’s song selection for Sarah Simmons, because she appears to be safe tonight. But Sarah’s got a hill to climb to get into the top-four for the final. She’s going to need to steal the Swons’ or Amber’s spot, meaning Sarah’s both going to need to perform a contemporary song that people want to download AND hope either of her competitors don’t play to their strengths.
-Amber’s in good position to make the finals, and the fact that she could finish third on iTunes with a non-country song is a positive sign. I’m not sure what else she can do, though, to get herself into the conversation with Danielle and Michelle to win this season.