It's getting down to the wire on The Voice
- and last night's semifinals
proved the remaining eight contestants are all at a high level of talent so diverse, it's difficult to distinguish any one performer from the pack. In my mind, the elimination process will come down to likability (and how many fans a singer has managed to attain), at least on side of America's votes. Half of the results will also come from the coach's votes (it will be split 50/50), so the coaches' opinions could have sway here as well. That being said, let's get to the predictions!
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Although Erin Willett
chose a contemporary song and gave it her own interesting spin, her rendition seemed pretty one-dimensional. Perhaps it was her emotions getting the best of her (which can work to her advantage, too), but the performance didn't soar like it needed to. Jermaine Paul
, on the other hand, has been one of Blake's frontrunners for a while now, and the coaches' comments after his performance of "Open Arms" leads me to believe he will be the chosen one.
I have mixed feelings about Chris Mann
going back to his classic operatic roots. It was good to stick to who he is as an artist and show that he's not afraid to defy the norm, but at the same time, I'm not sure how many Americans will connect and relate with an opera song when it's stacked against all the others. Lindsey Pavao
has been a fan favorite (and darling of Christina's), and with her needed boost of confidence on the stage last night, I'd say she's the more likely one to go to the finals.
Both Katrina Parker
and Tony Lucca
have proven be to be surprises in recent weeks by showing their unique features and why they possess the star qualities needed to stay in the competition. Katrina took on a dear song in "Killing Me Softly," and did it justice while letting that intriguing tone of her voice shine through. She's truly blossomed on the show - but so has Tony. I think he's still riding on the bold success of his Britney Spears rendition from last week, and he smartly chose a song that displayed yet another side to his personality with his suave and charismatic presence on stage. It's a tough call, but I think Tony has more fans and will earn the win.
TEAM CEE LO
This is by far the hardest to predict. Some could argue Cee Lo has the two best performers in the entire competition, and the fact that he has to let one of them go tonight will be heart-breaking for many. Both Juliet Simms
and Jamar Rogers
have the whole package: killer vocals, style, wide appeal and a unique persona that isn't represented elsewhere. It's hard to tell who has more fans (with his insatiable comeback kid story, I'm leaning slightly towards Jamar), or who Cee Lo will pick as his finalist (if based solely on last night's performance, I'd say Juliet). Again, it's probably the toughest decision of the entire season thus far. So I'm simply going to go with my vote, which would be Juliet.
Summary: The finalists will be Jermaine Paul, Lindsey Pavao, Tony Lucca and Juliet Simms (... or Jamar Rogers. Honestly, that one's impossible!)
Do you agree? Who do you think will be sent home tonight? Don't miss the live results at 9pm on NBC!
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