Last night on NBC, “The Voice” aired a performance show that, regrettably, we would label as disappointing more so than anything else. While we did like many of the performances, we didn’t love very many of them, and we see stronger artists on Team Blake and especially Team Christina, which is really firing on all cylinders. There are two exceptions here in Owen Danoff and Hannah Huston, who we think both have a reasonable shot at this.
In looking at the iTunes results this morning (around 12:00 p.m. Eastern time), the biggest surprise to us is seeing Shalyah Fearing’s version of “Listen” by Beyonce at #14 on the chart. There’s nobody likely getting a multiplier, but she is looking like she has a very good shot at being America’s saved artist for Team Adam. We don’t think it’s 100% a lock right now, though, especially with Danoff at #25 with “Hero.” We also wouldn’t write off Laith Al-Saadi at #32 thanks to “With a Little Help From My Friends.”
If Adam makes his final choices based on iTunes alone, we’re feeling pretty darn confident at the moment that these will be the three who advance on Adam’s team; they’ve all got a pretty substantial lead on the remainder of the competition.
As for Team Pharrell, the competition’s a little bit murkier. Despite being the Coach Comeback artist and performing first (which is always a roadblock, Daniel Passino is strong with “If I Was Your Man” at #40. We still think that Hannah Huston (who is at #44) will be the first artist declared safe from his team, though; she performed last on the night, which could be a huge boost to her internet / text votes. Also, keep watch on Emily Keener. While her “Crazy After all These Years” was a little lower at #58, we think that her vocal here coupled with modest sales for a song not too familiar to modern audiences could lift her into the next round.
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