16. Tori & Taylor Thompson
Team Cee Lo
Placing these perky sisters last feels a little like kicking a puppy in the face. Regardless, the harsh truth is that while their harmonies are nice, neither Tori nor Taylor alone has a particularly strong voice.
15. Jared Blake
Before last Tuesday, when this cuddly, cheesy rocker opened his mouth, every word he sang just sounded like ”bland” to me. But if he sticks around after tonight’s show, Jared may move up in the rankings — his ”Use Somebody” was totally competent, if not exactly groundbreaking.
14. Curtis Grimes
Team Cee Lo
Country-fried Curtis is fine, I guess — but just ”fine” isn’t going to cut it in this competition, no matter how many duet partners you smooch onstage.
13. Xenia Martinez
This shy high schooler’s smoky tone is lovely, but Xenia’s limited range and awkward stage presence — last week’s performance of ”Price Tag” was the definition of ”uncomfortable” — keeps her from being a serious contender.
12. Lily Elise
According to Lily, big girls don’t cry — but they do yelp and pretend to be overcome with emotion. If Lily isn’t eliminated and can dial it back a bit, she might be ranked higher next week.
11. Dia Frampton
We can’t move Dia up yet because we don’t know how Teams Adam and Cee Lo will do tonight — but after her game-changing reinterpretation of ”Heartless,” it’s safe to say that the indie darling has made a huge impression.
10. Devon Barley
In his ”Creep” duet, Chicken Little proved that he’s more than a mini Jason Mraz. Here’s hoping he continues to stretch himself during the live shows.
9. Raquel Castro
Mini-Xtina’s ‘Blow’ was fun to watch, though it wasn’t Tuesday’s most accomplished vocal by a long shot. Raquel will go far if she can remember the difference between singing and yelling.
8. Frenchie Davis
The Voice‘s most notorious contestant can belt with the best of ’em; her ”When Love Takes Over” was polished and club-ready. But Frenchie’s also got some stiff competition, especially from another bald, big-voiced member of Team Christina…
7. Beverly McClellan
This cheerful cueball has passion and enthusiasm to spare — her performance of ”I’m the Only One” was a joy to watch, even if it kept her safely in her rocker-chick comfort zone.
Team Cee Lo
Nakia’s robust growl is so powerful that the guy doesn’t even need a last name.
5. Casey Weston
If Casey can keep her vibrato from sounding too goaty, her folksy voice — which Blake called ”addictive” — could take her all the way.
4. Patrick Thomas
Patrick’s deep, smooth voice and killer smile will take him far… even though his ”I Hope You Dance” was schmaltzy at best and total dullsville at worst.
3. Javier Colon
Yes, Javier has had more professional experience than most of the other contestants. But he’s been successful for a reason: As Cee Lo would say, the man can sang.
2. Vicci Martinez
Team Cee Lo
Vicci’s explosive duet with Niki Dawson was, unquestionably, the highlight of the battle rounds. And her intense, raw vocals have also made her the best female vocalist on The Voice — so far, anyway.
1. Jeff Jenkins
Soulful Jeff hasn’t made a single misstep yet, from his blind audition — he was one of only two singers who prompted all four coaches to turn around — to his masterful performance of ”Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me.” That means as of now, Team Adam’s babyfaced standout is the vocalist to beat.