Sure, the rules of the show can be confusing — first there were revolving chairs, then a boxing ring, and now America gets to vote…kind of? — but The Voice’s appeal certainly isn’t. Whether it’s Maroon 5’s Adam Levine and country star Blake Shelton bro-ing out, Cee Lo Green texting pal Kanye West after a stirring rendition of ”Heartless,” or diva Christina Aguilera taking her girls out for dinner, the coaches have charmed audiences to the tune of 12.3 million — and delivered NBC its first watercooler hit in, uh, a long time. But now that the field has been narrowed, we find our attention turning to the contestants. We talk to the finalists about their experiences so far on The Voice and predict, team by team, who we think will make it to the finals…and who will take home the title.
Team Cee Lo Green
Cee Lo has two contenders in Vicci and Nakia, but when it comes to the chances of Curtis and the Thompson sisters, we can’t help but say: Forget you.
Our Pick for the Final Four: Vicci Martinez
Whose jaw didn’t drop when Vicci ripped through Adele’s ”Rolling in the Deep”? Her follow-up with Pink’s ”Perfect” during the battle round was pretty, well, perfect too. ”I’m definitely more of an Adele,” the 26-year-old explains. ”I like real instruments. I like a real band behind you. I don’t need the dancers and the fire and all that stuff for me to get off on stage.”
One of several country acts, Curtis may lack the polish of, say, Patrick, but he exudes cowboy-crooner appeal. ”Just sticking true to my traditional sound would be the way to separate myself from the other country singers in this competition,” says the 25-year-old. Will the fact that he once opened for Kenny Chesney give him an advantage? ”My biggest strength,” he notes, ”is experience, and being on stage.”
We’ll let Nakia — who took a big risk by singing Cee Lo’s ”Forget You” for his audition before unexpectedly turning it out in the battle round with Ne-Yo’s ”Closer” — explain himself, since he does it so well: ”First and foremost, I’m just a big guy who likes to eat barbecue and sing,” the Austin resident, 36, says with a laugh. Those are two things we can definitely get behind.
Tori & Taylor Thompson
Sisterhood is powerful, especially when you’ve got voices like Tori and Taylor, the California pig farmers-turned-singing duo who look like CW versions of Ann and Nancy Wilson. ”We love country, but we want to have a pop-rock edge,” says Taylor, 19. As for any advantage they might have being a duo? ”No one picks on us, because we’ll just team up on them,” says 17-year-old Tori.