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‘The Voice’: Who Should Make The Top 4

Tue, December 4, 2012 3:18pm EDT by Billy Nilles 11 Comments
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America’s votes are being counted as we speak in preparation for tonight’s results episode of ‘The Voice,’ but it’s pretty clear who in the top six deserves to advance to the top four! Read on to see my picks and predictions, along with videos of each of my picks’ best performances — and let me know if you agree!

Tonight, six will become four on The Voice, as America’s vote will send home two more superstar hopefuls. While recent weeks have had their share of shocking eliminations, (Bryan Keith, we hardly knew ye!) the four finalists who deserve to make this week’s cut are crystal clear in my mind!

1. Cassadee Pope

At this point, Cassadee Pope, 23, seems to have this thing pretty much in the bag. The pop-rocker came to the show with a built-in fan base, having previously sung as the lead vocalist for pop-punk band Hey Monday. While the fairness of allowing an established singer into the competition is certainly up for debate, there’s no denying the reality of Cassadee’s frontrunner status. Sure, her song choices are often safe and lacking in any adventurous spirit, but the West Palm Beach, FL native knows what she’s superb at and delivers in spades every. single. time.

Cassadee’s Best Performance To Date: “Over You”

2. Amanda Brown

Amanda Brown may be lacking in Cassadee’s built-in fan base, but her spirited performances have earned her a sizable amount of acclaim since she first appeared in her blind audition. The former backup singer (for both Adele and Alicia Keys!) has approached the competition with zeal — she’s never done the same thing two weeks in a row, always showcasing another side to her powerhouse voice. From Aerosmith to Florence and the Machine to her old boss Adele, Amanda has proved she can do it all — and do it exceptionally well.

Amanda’s Best Performance To Date: “Dream On”

3. Nicholas David

Nicholas David is a paradox of a competitor to me. On one hand, I’m shocked he’s made it as far as he has because I never imagined America accepting his quirky look and personality as readily as they have. But on the other, with a voice that good, they’d be fools not to. I don’t know how commercial or radio-friendly a Nicholas David album would be, but after his hauntingly beautiful performance of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” last night, I know I want him to have the chance to give it a shot.

Nicholas’ Best Performance To Date: “Somewhere Over The Rainbow”

4. Trevin Hunte

Deciding on this last spot was difficult. Of the three left to choose from, they all have their positives and negatives. There’s Scot rocker Terry McDermott, who can sing the heck out of any classic rock song sent his way, but has shown no real versatility or current radio appeal. There’s cutie Melanie Martinez, who brings such a unique spin to every song she tackles, but has such a limited range as a singer. And then there’s Trevin Hunte. The 18-year-old belts out a power ballad like it’s nobody’s business, but he’s struggled to connect to any sort of current and upbeat material. Ultimately, I think Trevin shows the most potential of the three, but any of the three could snag that final spot.

Trevin’s Best Performance To Date: “And I’m Telling You”

Do you agree with my choices for the top four, HollywoodLifers? Let me know in the comments below — and share your own predictions for which contestants will make the top four!

— Billy Nilles

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