You know the drill, Voice fans. There will be two more singers on the virtual chopping block tonight. And with only eight singers remaining, we’re entering prime upset territory. Could an all-season frontrunner very well go home? While Monday night was a bit lopsided in terms of performances, Team Adam delivered a hat trick of the night’s best renditions. Team Christina’s wunderkinds weren’t too far behind, and then in no-singer’s land of the bottom three, I’d place Team Blake and Team Cee Lo. Team Adam still has his team intact, but Team Cee Lo, with his lone star Caroline Pennell left, is hanging on by a thread.
Taking into consideration iTunes Top Songs appearances (as of press time) and their Monday night performances, here’s how I would rank the remaining eight singers:
6. Matthew Schuler (Team Christina)
Matthew is in a song choice drought. Monday’s Imagine Dragons tune “It’s Time” wasn’t the best use of his talents, and by the looks of its low position on iTunes top songs, #92, it didn’t resonate with fans either. But don’t completely count him out, his “Hallelujah” cover is still a presence on the iTunes. I think this Christina contender will bounce back in no time, hopefully with less hokey backup dancers.
5. Tessanne Chin (Team Adam)
Tessanne went the pop-reggae route on Monday, showing us she can sing casual, too. If by casual, you mean turn a lilting No Doubt song into another Whitney-Houston-ified powerhouse, jaw-dropping performance. I call safe on this one.
4. Jacquie Lee (Team Christina)
Jacquie has a niche – soulful, heartbreak power-belters. While I’m not crazy about her junior-Christina status, I can’t see her going home this early in the final leg of the competition.
3. James Wolpert (Team Adam)
James and Freddie Mercury songs are a match made in classic rock heaven. More, please. But I still don’t get the mic-stand as cane schtick.
2. Cole Vosbury (Team Blake)
Cole has shown he’s still got some vocal tricks hidden up that beard. He can sing sweet, sing powerful – a more versatile Austin Jenckes.
1. Will Champlin (Team Adam)
At last, Will gets his due. This season’s clutch singer just transformed himself into a top contender with his highly ambitious Etta James cover.
1. Caroline Pennell - I place Caroline this low because she was in the bottom three last week. While she has a sizable Twitter following that surely helped her last Tuesday, I don’t think she has the chops to make it to Top 6. She peaked early in the competition and has yet to showcase voice versatility.
2. Ray Boudreaux - I’m still surprised that Ray has made it this far in the game. His coach Blake Shelton tried to showcase other sides of his voice, but Ray, as good as he is at working the crowd, is a one-trick soul pony.
What are your thoughts on the remaining eight singers? Who’s still a contender? Let us know your picks for elimination night in the comments below.
The Voice airs tonight at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.