iTunes voting closed at 10:00 AM ET Tuesday Morning. As of 10:10 AM ET, here are the unofficial results:
2. The Swon Brothers, “Danny’s Song”
4. Danielle Bradberry, “Who I am”
6. Danielle Bradberry, “Please Remember Me”
8. The Swon Brothers, “Turn the Page”
9. Amber Carrington, “Sad”
12. Michelle Chamuel, “Time After Time”
24. Michelle Chamuel, “Clarity”
48. Sasha Allen, “I Will Always Love You”
66. Sasha Allen, “Bad Girls”
84. Amber Carrington, “Firework”
-Welcome to THE RISE OF THE SWONS! Who knew that it would be the Swon Brothers, of all acts, going toe-to-toe with eventual winner Danielle Bradberry in the semifinals?! I would have a lot more complaints, but the Swons were very good last night. In fact, you could argue that Blake kind of spiked their chances of finishing second or even first by giving them goofy songs like “Okie from Muskogee” instead of the kind of material they sang last night. America, especially the vast middle of the country, longs for clean-cut white guys who play instruments and sing harmonies (hello, Mumfrd and Sons!). Last night more than ever, that’s what the Swons were. Even I, the most bitter Swon hater of all throughout the season, couldn’t help but enjoy them.
-Danielle Bradberry is your season 4 champion of ‘The Voice’. You already knew this, but last night she landed the final knockout blow on Michelle.
-Speaking of Michelle, she’s actually in some trouble here. With the Swons guaranteed safe, that means two from the group of Amber, Michelle, and Sasha are going home. I do believe America agreed with my lukewarm assessment of Sasha Allen, judging by the tepid iTunes response to her “I Will Always Love You.” With her second song doing even worse, she seems likely to be headed home.
That means it comes down to Amber vs. Michelle for the last spot. Amber had by far the night’s worst performance with “Firework”, both in iTunes terms and just watching-the-show terms; but her “Sad” performed far better than I thought it would, cracking the top-10 and earning her the crucial 10x vote bonus. Michelle, if my unofficial iTunes results are correct, shockingly missed the top-10 with “Time After Time,” and her good-not-great “Clarity” finished down at 24. Will that be enough to overcome Amber’s voting bonus? I honestly don’t know, we don’t usually have situations like this on ‘The Voice’.
-Handicapping the Amber vs. Michelle iTunes results is too difficult, so I’m going back to my gut feeling based on the performances last night, which was that Amber’s going home. Sasha seems like a lock to join her, though she’s defied the iTunes results once before, I just don’t see her closing the gap on Michelle. Although, you can’t entirely rule out a scenario where Sasha once again escapes the reaper, and Amber and Michelle go home. This is a very tangled week, and tonight’s results will be fascinating.
But, like last night, I am predicting SASHA ALLEN and AMBER CARRINGTON go home tonight. Michelle Chamuel is VERY much at risk, though.