Since we are at the final eight of “The Voice” now, we debated about how we really wanted to do the rankings at this point. Could we rank them all numerically like we have done via teams in the past weeks? Sure, but it seems rather silly to do it that way since there are only two members of each team left. Meanwhile, it also seems unfair to rank them all as one group for a specific reason — the chances some artists have of winning are better than others based on the team they are a part of. Two out of our top three singers this season are both from one team, and only one of them can actually be a part of the finale. (Sorry Juliet Simms, but we think that Jamar Rogers is going to take this.)
With that in mind, we decided to ask ourselves a better question when it comes to the finale this time around — who can actually win? This is where we separate the longshots from the favorites.
Erin Willett (Team Blake Shelton) – She is a pretty strong singer, but the problem Erin has here is not only being on the same team as Jermaine Paul (who clearly has more fan support), but being a similar sort of singer to a good many other contestants we have seen on these shows in recent years. She’s going to need to blow everyone away to make it into the finale.
Lindsey Pavao (Team Christina Aguilera) – Lindsey does have going for her a distinct voice and some growing confidence, but like Erin she also does not have an enormous base voting for her. It’s going to come down to song choice for her more than other people, since she will need to access her vulnerability while working within her vocal range.
Katrina Parker (Team Adam Levine) – We personally really like Katrina’s voice, and she has probably come further than anyone in the competition so far. Unfortunately, we have a really hard time seeing her advance to the finale since America has let her down twice — and she’s the only person in the competition still with that distinction.
Jermaine Paul (Team Blake) – It may sound strange to call someone who has never had to sing for his life an underdog, but Jermaine is very much just that since he seems to be forgotten a bit in the weeks he does not perform. In order for him to keep going strong in this competition, he is going to need to try and blow everyone away with the performance of his life.
Juliet Simms (Team Cee Lo Green) – We really feel for Juliet, mostly because we think she is one of the best singers in the competition. As a matter of fact, in our eyes she deserves to be in the finale more than anyone on either Team Adam or Team Blake. Unfortunately for her, she’s on a team that has a vocal beast in Jamar Rogers, and it is going to take quite a bit to overthrow him.
Tony Lucca (Team Adam) – There’s no question that Tony has celebrity support — but he also has media support courtesy of his back-and-forth with his fellow former Mousketeer Christina Aguilera. His cover of “…Baby One More Time” was a brilliant move to get attention, and to differentiate himself beyond just another modern rock guy with a guitar.
Chris Mann (Team Christina) – This show is called “The Voice,” after all, and Chris has a voice that literally no one can touch. Ultimately, this is another case where it is all about song choice — if he can find a way for his final two performances to mold both the worlds of modern pop with just a little bit of opera, he’s golden to become both a potential winner here and a big star after the show.
Jamar Rogers (Team Cee Lo) – If Cee Lo and Billie Joe Armstrong had a baby, it would probably be Jamar. However, at the same time he is a complete individual, and everything about his style and the way he sings is unique. Jamar also has one other thing going for him that could lead to a victory lap at the end of all this — a remarkable story of overcoming adversity that makes him easy to cheer for.
Who are you rooting for at this moment to win? Be sure to both watch the video above (since it may be one of the most awesome ads we’ve ever seen for a singing show) and also vote below in our poll!