It’s been quite a season, Voice fans, and after almost two months of blind auditions and battle rounds, we’ve finally got a live show! Last night marked the end of the battles (read Carson Daly’s blog on the episode here), and as the dust finally settled and the chairs stopped spinning, each of the four teams – led by coaches Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton — are now filled with some truly talented artists, and America is ready to share the love with its votes.
After weeks of being relegated to social media to channel our thoughts on this season’s inspired backstories, astonishing performances, and oft arrogant artists (cough Erin Martin cough Moses Stone cough), it’s time for the coaches to sit back and let America do the talking. Before the commotion kicks up on Monday’s first live show, we thought it’d be best to hit PopWatch with a straw poll — or polls, plural — and see how you think the competition stacks up before we dive into the action. Vote in each poll and let us know your predictions for the final phase of The Voice!
Team Adam: Last year Levine won the bragging rights to the whole shebang with season 1 winner Javier Colon originating on his team of vocalists. Can he pull a second win with Pip and Mathai, or powerhouse performers like Kim Yarbrough and Tony Lucca?
Team Blake: Despite what you might have thought, Blake’s team this season is country-lite, with RaeLynn being his only hat-clad cowboy singer among a group of rockers and soulful crooners. Can emerging frontrunner Jermaine Paul take Team Blake to the top? Or will the smooth sounds of Naia Kete keep her in the competition like last year’s Xenia and Dia?
NEXT: Cee Lo, Christina and your pick for the winner!
Team Cee Lo: Cee Lo loves a show, as evidenced by his array of showstopping performers, like Juliet Simms and Tony Vincent. Early favorite Jamar Rogers has outshone his 23 competitors thus far, but will he be able to outlast a team of uniquely colorful singers that includes big-voiced Cheesa and Boston boy James Massone?
Team Christina: Christina’s team may be the most diverse, which will offer plenty of opportunities for different cross-sections of America to make their voices heard. Operatic Chris Mann and ain’t-no-high-note-high-enough Jesse Campbell need to keep their momentum going to outperform Sera Hill and Lindsey Pavao. While they duke it out, underdog Ashley De La Rosa just may be the team’s dark horse.
And finally, we ask the biggest question: Who will emerge from the group as the eventual victor of season 2? Which coach will earn bragging rights this year!?
PopWatchers, keep the debate going in the comments: Who is your pick to win the whole thing? Are there any emerging favorites that you’ll be watching closely? Who do you think the judges will keep around, and who will America save?