Anyone watching “The Voice” Monday night had to know they were witnessing one of the better live performances in the show’s history when Jordan Smith’s clear voice lifted up out of the silence with the inspirational song “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” and simply captured a moment to be remembered. In what might have been the most inspiring and beautifully rendered performances on any show ever, the 22-year-old contestant won the night, received a standing ovation from all four judges and the audience, and prompted a response that sent people to iTunes in droves to lift “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” to the No. 1 position on the Top 100 Songs chart.
As TV Media Insights reported November 17, Team Adam (Levine)’s Jordan Smith was one of three artists from the Top 12 of “The Voice” that made the Top 10 of the iTunes Top 200 Singles chart. This gave them all the iTunes bonus, which multiplies the number of downloads by 10 (and that number is added to traditional voting methods to get a total count). Along with Jordan Smith’s “Great Is Thy Faithfulness,” which peaked at No. 1, Team Adam’s Amy Vachal landed at No. 6 with her cover of Dark’s “Hotline Bling,” and Team Gwen (Stefani)’s Jeffery Austin’s cover of James Bay’s “Let It Go” slipped in at No. 9.
All 12 of the finalists made the Top 100 Songs chart. But the most heart-breaking of the iTunes downloads positions has to be Barrett Baber’s rendition of Richard Marx’s “Right Here Waiting,” which just missed the Top 10, settling at No. 11. Although a respectable position, he just missed gaining that important times-10 bump (because by the finale, if he’s fortunate enough to get there, all his iTunes downloads will count to his final vote total). Although a Top 10 placement still doesn’t ensure an automatic berth in the next singing round (Emily Ann Roberts had to be saved by team coach Blake Shelton last week, even though she had the only Top 10 song of her night’s group of contestants), that times-10 bump certainly helps.
After Jordan Smith’s performance Monday night, Blake Shelton thanked him for his performance, telling the young artist that his singing lifted his spirits after such a down weekend (due to the horrific Paris terrorist attacks that shook the world on November 13 that killed nearly 130 people and wounded over 300 more). Pharrell Williams stood and selflessly urged America to download the song. He said that teams didn’t matter in this instance, because Jordan Smith’s performance was transcendent.
Within hours of the Jordan Smith’s performance, which started out acapella and continued in a stripped-down accompaniment (piano only) to his dynamic vocals, the studio version climbed into the Top 10 and in the wee hours of the morning took the No. 1 spot on the iTunes Top 100 Songs chart away from the sales juggernaut that is Adele’s “Hello.” As of the time of the Top 12 results show on Tuesday, the song still held the No. 1 position.
“The Voice” results show will reveal the Top 11 finalists on Tuesday night. After host Carson Daly discloses the Top 10 voted through by America’s votes, the two with the least votes will engage in a sing-off for a instant Twitter save to remain on the show. The reveal airs at 8 p.m. (EST) on NBC Television.