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The Voice: Season 9, Four Finalists Revealed, 12/8/15

December 9th, 2015 · No Comments

by Lyn Jensen

Nine became four on The Voice last night–and one of those four will be the winner of The Voice Season 9. Here’s how the cut was handled.

Three names were announced as finalists:  Jordan Smith (Team Adam) and Barrett Baber and Emily Ann Roberts (Team Blake).

Three singers were announced as competing for the Twitter save:  Jeffery Austin (Team Gwen), Zach Seabaugh (Team Blake) and Madi Davis (Team Pharrell).

That meant three contestants were being cut without competing for the Twitter save:  Braiden Sunshine (Team Gwen) and Shelby Brown and Amy Vachal (Team Adam).

Austin, Seabaugh and Davis sang, and Twitter fans on the East Coast voted. Throughout the commercial break, the onscreen tally held fairly steady:  Austin around 44 percent, Seabaugh around 32 percent and Davis getting the 24 percent or so that was leftover.

Austin got the Twitter save, so the finalists next week will be Austin of Team Gwen, Smith of Team Adam, and Roberts and Baber of Team Blake.

Analysis:  Smith’s being widely touted as the front-runner but I’m not so sure. Josh Kaufman won Season 6, even though I thought he had the star power of someone’s dad singing karaoke at a holiday party. Whatever the fan base that voted for Kaufman, they may also vote Smith, but that makes him an upset choice in my view. After all, he’s not from Team Blake, and he has only marginal appeal to the Heartland demographic.

More likely Baber’s the front-runner for Team Blake. He has an appeal beyond the demographic that’s measured in Tweets and iTunes downloads. Even considering Smith and Roberts will be competing for the red-state Heartland country fan base, Baber’s likely to give Blake yet another Voice trophy. The country vote will probably support Baber even considering Roberts is the surprise of the finalists. She may appeal to the same fan base that made Cassadee Pope and Danielle Bradbery winners of seasons 3 and 4, respectively. However, she hasn’t demonstrated she has the same level of fan support the other three finalists have.

Austin doesn’t appeal to the red-state country base, plus he needed the Twitter save to make top four, so he’s the outsider–unfortunately.

 

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