The live shows of “The Voice” kicked off Monday night and by the end, one thing was certain: Jordan Smith and his rendition of Beyonce’s “Halo” won the night. And to seal his moving into the Top 12, he had the highest charting song on iTunes — and the only song to make the Top 10.
Media Insights reported November 10 that Team Adam (Levine)’s Jordan Smith peaked at No. 3 on the iTunes Top 200 songs chart after he performed “Halo” for the first installment of the “Playoffs” of Season 9 of “The Voice.” Being the only artist to score a Top 10 slot also garnered a most valuable prize — the times-ten multiplier awarded to those songs that make the Top 10. This means that all the iTunes downloads of Jordan Smith’s “Halo,” each of which counts as a vote in the audience-approved contest, will be multiplied by ten. Those votes are then added to the call-in and internet-based votes for the artist.
So that means that this particular season just might be Jordan Smith’s to lose. That is, given what we know about chart dominance from last season’s winner, Sawyer Fredericks, who simply crushed his competition with Top 10s and total Top 200 entries. And the 22-year-old Smith looks to be following suit.
Ever since he performed Sia’s “Chandelier” (which also placed on the chart at No. 61), Jordan Smith has been on a vocal roll, so to speak. He also charted with his version of Adele’s “Set Fire To The Rain” at No. 87. He wasn’t the only contestant among the dozen that performed that charted more than their performance show offering. Team Adam’s Amy Vachal scored with “A Sunday Kind Of Love” at No. 199. This, of course, was in addition to charting in third place Monday night with Frank Sinatra’s “The Way You Look Tonight,” which posted at No. 29.
The first of two “Playoffs” episodes, which is also the first time the audience gets a vote in who stays and who goes home, Monday’s contest pitted Team Gwen (Stefani) against Team Adam. Both coaches also got to bring back an artist they had previously eliminated. For Team Gwen, that was Ellie Lawrence. For Team Adam — Chance Pena. Of the two, Lawrence had the third-best charter but Pena only managed a ninth place positioning.
Still, even though Team Gwen had the second highest charter with Jeffery Austin’s “Say You Love Me” (Jessie Ware), she had the lowest charter with Korin Bukowski. Even worse, Regina Love, who also went the Adele route this season, failed to chart at all with the British singing sensation’s brand new “Hello.” So, unless there are a lot of votes headed their way the via the usual methods (phone and internet), these two artists are almost guaranteed to not make the Top 12 for Season 9.
But Jordan Smith, the guy who has nearly 16 million views of his Blind Audition performance (to date), will make the Top 12 on Wednesday night when “The Voice” pares the four teams, comprised of 20 chosen contestants and 4 that were brought back from elimination (a new twist this season), in half. Given his talent and the way he is already dominating the iTunes charts, it is difficult seeing him lose at all.
“The Voice” airs on Mondays and Tuesdays on NBC Television. This week will see a third installment as the teams lose half their artists in a special results show. Sawyer Fredericks, Season 8’s winner, is scheduled to perform his first single from his upcoming EP release.