If you were to look at “The Voice” strictly from an editing point of view, then it would feel fairly clear, at the very least to us, who the folks over at NBC want to see on top as the champion for the season: We McDonald. She had a blind audition that aired after the Olympics, she’s received primo screen time at many points in the show, and she performed last on the show last night.
Yet, after looking at the iTunes results, it feels fairly clear, at least to us, that we’re going to see something a little different take place. As of around 12:30 p.m. Pacific time, Sundance Head occupied the #1 spot on the chart with “Darlin’ Don’t Go,” and he was at #2 with “At Last” and #7 with his Blake Shelton duet to “Treat Her Right,” a tribute to his father Roy Head. If there is any other threat to the crown, it’s Billy Gilman — his original song “Because of Me” is at #3, while his version of “My Way” is at #4. With that said, his “Bye Bye Love” duet with Adam Levine is down all the way to #20.
As of right now, Josh Gallagher with “Pick Any Small Town” (#6) is higher than We for her original song “Wishes” (#10). These are the only entries in the top ten for either of them.
While we do sometimes resist picking the country singer to win a reality show because it is such a common occurrence, in thinking back to last night there’s no question in our mind that Sundance is incredibly deserving. He and Billy have been the two strongest performers this season, and what’s impressed us the most about Sundance is how he’s shown himself to be incredibly versatile and capable of swapping around to different genres and styles like it is no problem at all. Even his tribute to his father proved to be extremely entertaining, even if he is not even remotely the same type of performer. There are no guarantees that he’d be a chart-topper, but with his songwriting ability he at least has a better shot presumably than any other winner since Cassadee Pope.
We’ll be back tonight to profile more of the “Voice” finale and all of its performances, but we cannot really say that we expect all that much when it comes to surprises. For more news, including our review of this past episode, be sure to head over to the link here. (Photo: NBC.)