Tonight, two more singers go home, leaving a scant eight singers left in the competition. After a Monday night of middling performances and strange coaching techniques (Vinyasa yoga anyone? Care for a multi-man lift atop your baby grand piano?), and a lack of standout performers, has tonight’s possible pool of eliminations been split wide open?
Well, the game isn’t quite as unpredictable and exciting as viewers deserve. A quick glance on the iTunes Top 200 singles chart will give you a rough idea of who will remain in the top seven. It’s the bottom three singers who are up for grabs. Tonight is also the second night of the controversial Twitter instant save. Last week EW spoke with eliminated singer Josh Logan, who spoke of the “mass confusion” backstage as crew and singers were scrambling to tweet and re-tweet to their fans. The social media savior segment is still new, but clearly it has some logistical kinks to work out. We’ll have a better idea tonight, as viewers are now familiar with the process. Is the save a good or bad thing in terms of audience engagement? Perhaps that will depend on who goes home.
Here’s how I would rank the top ten artists, taking into consideration iTunes appearances (as of press time), Monday’s performances, and most importantly, cutest offspring (it’s a tie between Will Champlin’s baby and Ray Boudreaux’s preternaturally loud toddler).
1. Matthew Schuler (Team Christina)
The fresh-faced artist’s Tuesday night performance suffered from poor song choice, but the memory of his goose-pimple-inducing “Hallelujah” cover still resonates — it’s the highest ranked Voice song at number 13 on iTunes.
2. Cole Vosbury (Team Blake)
Normally I wouldn’t rank the folk-rock singer, who will forever be known as the artist that dared to sing The Jeffersons theme song, this high, but his performances are chart-busters. He currently has three songs in the Top 200.
3. James Wolpert (Team Adam)
The man can sing a soft Joni Mitchell tune and he can vocally rip a Jack White tune to shreds. The versatile Wolpert is a fixture on the charts, but definitely is helped by his ’50s cool factor.
4. Caroline Pennell (Team Cee Lo)
Cee Lo is no helicopter coach with his eternally sweet singer. He let her choose her own song for Monday’s performance and it paid off with her rendition of campfire classic “Leaving on a Jet Plane” charting at #33, just under another power-pop songstress, Sara Bareilles.
5. Tessanne Chin (Team Adam)
If it were solely up to my non-empirical and total wishful-thinking metrics, Tessanne would be at the top of my list. She can sing the Beatles, shine in group performances, and she took a Gladys Knight tune and made it her own.
6. Ray Boudreaux (Team Blake)
Coach Blake is in love with his swamp pop singer, and the ladies are in full-on empathy mode. While Ray seems to have carved a niche with his twangy, soulful performances, I’d still like him to venture out into warmer, smoother-sounding territory.
7. Will Champlin (Team Adam)
Poor Will has been tossed around like a hot potato in this competition, but his rapidly improving performances and pop-balladeer voice have kept him in the running.
Bottom three zone: Kat Robichaud, Austin Jenckes, and Jacquie Lee
I’ve grouped these three for their relatively low iTunes appearances and also for their repetitive genres. Can there be both a Tessanne and a Jacquie in this competition? Does America need two folk-rock singers to choose from? Despite Kat and Cee Lo’s efforts to create a truly epic Monday night performance, I think that she’s in danger of needing America’s save again.
How would you rank the remaining ten? Discuss! And check back later tonight for a full recap. But first, vote in our Twitter save poll below: