On Wednesday (May 8) night’s episode of “The Voice” the Top 12 finalists of Season 4 will be revealed. America’s votes will save two of the four artists on each team, with coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Usher and Shakira able to save another. Here at Zap2It, we’ve been thinking long and hard about which artists should advance tonight. What follows below are our thoughts, team by team.
Team Adam: Amber Carrington, Caroline Glaser, Judith Hill and Sarah Simmons
Levine’s team is probably the easiest choice to make. Right off the bat, it’s obvious to say that Hill and Simmons ought to be in the finals this season — they’re each that good. That leaves Carrington and Glaser. Amber’s voice is stronger and more pure, but Caroline has a unique vocal quality that’s often rewarded on the voice (a la Dia Frampton (Season 1) and Melanie Martinez (Season 3). It’s Glaser’s quirk factor that should earn her the final spot.
Should Advance: Glaser, Hill and Simmons
Team Shakira: Garrett Gardner, Karina Iglesias, Kris Thomas and Sasha Allen
The Columbian beauty, new to “The Voice” this season, has assembled the most disparate of teams, compared to her fellow coaches. None of her vocalists are too remarkably similar, which is refreshing, but makes them difficult to compare against one another. It’s safe to argue that Allen should go far, and comeback kid Gardner continues to grow with every performance, warranting him a slot. Between Iglesias and Thomas, the decision grows difficult and mostly comes down to a matter of preference. After Tuesday’s performances, though, Iglesias’ surefire confidence vs. Thomas’ lack thereof that nudges her ahead.
Should Advance: Gardner, Iglesias and Allen
Team Usher: Cathia, Josiah Hawley, Michelle Chamuel and Vedo
Chamuel’s performance of “True Colors” on Monday’s episode was revelatory, without a doubt securing the self-professed nerd a place in the Top 12. Hawley initially came across as a bland heartthrob, but his performance of Muse’s “Starlight” was similarly eye-opening. He deserves to be gawked at for at least another week. So, that leaves the one-named wonders Cathia and Vedo. Both of them sounded great on their songs, as well, but Vedo’s ignorance to who Phil Collins even was earns him a knock. Cathia for the win.
Should Advance: Cathia, Hawley and Chamuel
Team Blake: Danielle Bradbery, Justin Rivers, The Swon Brothers and Holly Tucker
Shelton’s team is the most frustrating this season because he stacked himself with mainstream country singers, each without an ounce of edge, quirk or flash. None of them are bad, but none of them seem to possess anything to help them stand out. So, how do you decide who stays and who goes? Bradbery’s preternatural ability is enough to earn her a spot, we guess. Tucker and Rivers are forgettable; good, but bland. And The Swon Brothers are often sloppy and don’t seem to take anything too seriously. All of them could be served walking papers and they wouldn’t be missed, to be honest. But we feel being bland is the bigger crime over being sloppy, with Rivers just a bit more guilty than Tucker, so he gets the boot.
Should Advance: Bradbery, The Swon Brothers and Tucker
What do you think, “Voice” fans? Who are you rooting for to advance to the Top 12?