It’s finally time to name the winner of Season 8 of ‘The Voice,’ but this might be the most predictable finale yet! Throughout the last few months of competition, Pharrell’s artist, Sawyer Fredericks, has been a frontrunner, and it’s carried him right through the finals. Here’s why I think he’ll win!
You heard it here: Sawyer Fredericks will be the winner of Season 8 of The Voice. The unique, 16-year-old folk artist has been a fan-favorite since the show premiered in February, and he hasn’t lost any steam since. But there’s actually a few significant reasons why I think he’s practically a shoe-in for the title.
‘The Voice’ Finale: Sawyer Fredericks Will Win Season 8
Pharrell, it looks like it’s finally going to be your time to have a contestant win The Voice! Sawyer has been incredibly consistent with his performances since day one, and the audience has responded favorably to the quirky teenager.
Viewers love different, and the fact that Sawyer is a quiet, unusual kid who grew up on a farm in upstate New York resonates with that. From the minute he opened his mouth for his blind audition, he captivated the judges, crowd and those watching on television with an unreal rendition of “I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow.”
The fact that he’s able to sing in a way that’s beyond his years has continuously impressed voters, who have showed their support by buying Sawyer’s songs on iTunes. This is something that’s become such a HUGE part of the show because if a contestant charts in the top 10 on iTunes, their votes are multiplied by 10.
Guess what? From Week 2 of the live shows and on, EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. of Sawyer’s performances made it into the iTunes top 10. And those multiplied bonuses carry over cumulatively into the final vote! Fellow finalists Joshua Davis, Meghan Linsey and Koryn Hawthorne have all had songs chart here and there, but overall, Sawyer has had much more success from iTunes, which is very telling.
Sawyer Fredericks: He’s Been On Pharrell’s Team Since Day One
Throughout The Voice’s last few seasons, steals in the Battle and Knockout Rounds have added a whole new element to the show. In fact, in Season 6 and 7, both winners were stolen from other teams at some point in the competition, meaning the winner had come this close to previously being eliminated.
During Season 8, the Steal was more significant than ever, with Koryn, Josh and Meghan all switching coaches before the live shows. Of the four artists left, Sawyer is actually the only one who remains with his original coach, and while the past has made it clear that stolen artists can definitely win, there’s something about the way Pharrell and Sawyer have grown and worked together from Day One that’s really special.
‘The Voice’: Sawyer’s Biggest Competition
Of course, the rest of the finalists all gave Sawyer a run for his money, and after Monday’s performances, he should definitely be weary of his competition, especially Blake Shelton’s artist, Meghan.
Blake has already won this show four times, including last season, when his singer, Craig Wayne Boyd, did what seemed impossible by beating three of Adam’s team members in the finals. Basically, we can never count the country singer out when it comes to producing a champion!
Plus, Meghan has an incredible voice, and an amazing connection with Blake (they toured together back in the day), which the audience has responded to. If anyone is going to beat Sawyer, it’s her, but when it comes down to it, I really can’t see this show ending without Sawyer as the champion.
So, HollywoodLifers, do you think Sawyer is going to win, too? Let me know!
— Alyssa Norwin