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'The Voice': sizing up the top 12

Who runs ''The Voice''? Girls! Like rival ''American Idol'', NBC's ''The Voice'' has become a ladyfest — as evidenced by our ranking of season 4's top 12 (two of whom will be gone by the time you read this).

1 AMBER CARRINGTON
AGE 20 Team Adam
WHY SHE ROCKS The surprise of the season! We’re transfixed by those powerhouse vocals and her tendency to countrify everything.
SING THIS! Kelly Clarkson’s ”Sober”

2 SARAH SIMMONS
AGE 23 TEAM Adam
WHY SHE ROCKS Simply put, we love her vitality. Her voice is half rasp, half falsetto — and 100 percent raw talent.
SING THIS! Grace Potter & the Nocturnals’ ”Medicine”

3 JUDITH HILL
AGE 29 TEAM Adam
WHY SHE ROCKS Michael Jackson’s backup singer showcased her soul during auditions. She just needs to give us more grit.
SING THIS! The Beatles’ ”Back in the U.S.S.R.”

4 HOLLY TUCKER
AGE 20 TEAM Blake
WHY SHE ROCKS She’s a delightful Xerox of LeAnn and Trisha — but she’s overdue for a youthful makeover.
SING THIS! Kacey Musgraves’ ”Follow Your Arrow”

5 MICHELLE CHAMUEL
AGE 27 TEAM Usher
WHY SHE ROCKS ”Raise Your Glass” showed her moves; ”True Colors” showed her heart. Time to put them together.
SING THIS! Sara Bareilles’ ”King of Anything”

6 SASHA ALLEN
AGE 30 TEAM Shakira
WHY SHE’S NOT TOP 5 She triumphed with a bombastic cover of ”Try” (sorry, haters!) but has been a bit snoozy ever since.
SING THIS! Beyoncé’s ”Sweet Dreams”

7 DANIELLE BRADBERY
AGE 16 TEAM Blake
WHY SHE’S NOT TOP 5 The teen has an eerily mature voice that would benefit from a darker — or even emo? — streak.
SING THIS! Miranda Lambert’s ”Desperation”

8 KRIS THOMAS
AGE 28 TEAM Shakira
WHY HE’S NOT TOP 5 The so-so singer with the womanly voice needs to amp up the tempo and pump up his charisma.
SING THIS! Boyz II Men’s ”Motownphilly”

9 VEDO
AGE 20 TEAM Usher
WHY HE’S NOT TOP 5 He adds doe-eyed swag to every performance, but little else. Could he stand out by smooth-talking a classic?
SING THIS! Elvis Presley’s ”Can’t Help Falling in Love”

10 THE SWON BROTHERS
AGES 24, 28 TEAM Blake
WHY THEY’RE NOT TOP 5 Colton and Zach are way too townie to be great, but at least they’ve got harmony.
SING THIS! Simon & Garfunkel’s ”The Sound of Silence”

11 GARRETT GARDNER
AGE 17 TEAM Shakira
WHY HE’S NOT TOP 5Shakira won’t give up on this kid, who didn’t make the cut last year. And a lip ring won’t improve his vocals.
SING THIS! Richard Marx’s ”Take This Heart”
12 JOSIAH HAWLEY
AGE 28 TEAM Usher
WHY HE HAS NO CHANCE Sexy coifs and bright blazers can’t hide the fact that his vocal skills are limited.
SING THIS! Bruce Springsteen’s ”Thunder Road”