‘The Voice': Who Should Make The Top 4

Tue, December 4, 2012 3:18pm EST by 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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Posted at 12:53 PM on November 4, 2014  

Melanie is a smart and good singer as a young lady and should have made it to top 2 AT LEAST. Melanie’s “Dollhouse” has a hit meaning of when someone else is at your house, go ‘back to being plastic’ or what it means is really that you have to pretend and you aren’t what everyone in the world thinks you are. Melanie should have won. She is truly amazing. Sure, so was Amanda Brown, but don’t you think she is a bit flirtatious? Any way, Melanie shouldn’t have been disqualified. Melanie rocked her covers of Lights, Too close, Crazy, The show, bulletproof, Toxic, Cough syrup, Hit the road Jack, and last, Seven army nation. Melanie is best, she needs more fame in my opinion.

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Posted at 6:04 PM on December 18, 2012  

Melaine should be in the top 4 !! Her voice is the best and most unique !Everyone knows tht melaine should win and deserve to!

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beth karnes

Posted at 1:39 PM on December 6, 2012  

I love all the top four.. They are al so different.. i would listen to any one of their albums.. Great show this year, glad Melanie is gone… I love great singers with voices on in tune!

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Posted at 3:47 AM on December 5, 2012  

This season’s show faded once it became all about Christina and marketing ‘Lotus’. Recognizing she has “a voice” her unrestrained self-promotion on the show interfered with the enjoyment of listening to new talent being scouted, groomed and celebrated. She throws her hat in with another coach’s contestant to win, solicits America to vote for her pick meanwhile her own entire team is out of the competition. She confessed not winning a singing competition but her fighter instinct was evident in this singing competition at the expense of the contestants. “A voice” should smooth out any fragmented belting, realize duets should be done together not in competition then expect to evolve into a successful mature artist more bluesy less pop. Constructive criticism, giving credit when it is due and positive feedback could have gone a longer way with Melanie Martinez. We signed off the program with her exit. Hit the road Ms. Aguilera. Adam (who gets it) and Ceelo (a genuine star) and Blake Shelton (no fool) should help to foster Melanie’s talent so that Canada can listen to more of her unique musicality envisioning sounds of Amy Winehouse, Billy Halliday, Feist, Alanis Morrissette, even Judy Garland. Have never heard of “Indie-folk” genre but Melanie, Canada feels you now!

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beth karnes

Posted at 1:36 PM on December 6, 2012  

Melanie has no voice, sorry..

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Posted at 2:22 AM on December 5, 2012  

Billy was wrong

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Posted at 7:15 PM on December 4, 2012  

Are you kidding about Nicholas David ” i don’t know how commercial or radio-friendly a Nicholas David album would be”

Look at Ray Lamontagne, Ben Howard and many more.

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beth karnes

Posted at 1:37 PM on December 6, 2012  

if your 50 and up, we can relate to Nickolas David.. Great musician..

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Linda Priddy

Posted at 10:46 PM on December 10, 2012  

This guy has it! He has such a unique voice and he knows how to use it. And did I mention his eyes…they are gorgeous. Linda..

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Posted at 7:04 PM on December 4, 2012  

whyy that melanie martinez girl i juust dont like her its between trevin or amanda

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Posted at 4:10 PM on December 4, 2012  

I agree on your choices.. looking forward to the results!

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