When “The Voice” 2015 continued Nov. 10 on NBC, the 12 contestants singing under the tutelage of super star mentors Blake Shelton and Pharrell Williams sang live for America’s votes for the very first time. According to data available via the iTunes top 200 chart at the 9 AM Pacific close of the voting window on Nov. 11, a single performer snagged a coveted iTunes vote multiplier by placing in the top 10. So which aspiring songstress holds a big advantage entering the critical Nov. 11 elimination that will send half of the field home for good?
The lucky gal is 17-year old Emily Ann Roberts, whose cover of the gospel standard “In the Garden” ultimately placed sixth on the top 200 chart. Although the Shelton protege was the only night two performer to snag an iTunes multiplier, she’s not the only member of the top 24 to accomplish the feat: Team Adam Levine’s Jordan Smith delivered a cover of the Beyonce hit “Halo” rose to number three on the chart. Based on their chart success, both Roberts and Smith are virtual lock-ins to continue on in the competition.
Several other members of Shelton’s team performed well with downloaders, which could make his job difficult come elimination time. Barrett Baber and Zach Seabaugh –who dropped more than a few jaws with his loose hips during the live show– finished back-to-back in 20th and 21st positions for their respective covers of Lee Brice’s emotional “I Drive Your Truck” and Steve Holy’s “Brand New Girlfriend.” Another pair of Shelton’s contenders placed back-to-back further down the chart, with Morgan Frazier notching the 72-spot with “Lips of an Angel” and Ivonne Acero placing 73rd with “One of Us.” Nadjah Nicole, Shelton’s pick to return to the competition, fared a little less well than her teammates but still landed in the top 200, placing 149th with “Upside Down.”
On Team Pharrell’s side, teen Madi Davis earned the highest placement of the six competitors by placing 22nd with “Songbird.” The previously-eliminated Celeste Betton had the second-best showing by finishing 32nd with Carrie Underwood’s “Something in the Water,” while Evan McKeel’s version of “Overjoyed” earned him the 42-spot on the iTunes chart. Mark Hood’s cover of “What Do You Mean?” scored him 96th place, while Darius Scott’s spin on the Kanye West hit “Love Lockdown” eked into the top 100 at number 99. Riley Biederer, finally, placed 120th with her version of “Should’ve Been Us.”
Which contestants will advance to the top 12? Who will go home? Who will the coaches choose to round out their three-member teams? Watch “The Voice” 2015 live playoffs results show to see how it plays out.