The Voice Top 6 Revealed: Is There a Blake Shelton Effect?

Holly Tucker, Judith Hill, Sarah Simmons

With only six contestants left in the running to be named winner of Season 4 of The Voice, coach Blake Shelton still has a 50% chance of making it a three-peat. The lovable Southern dude still has all three of his country finalists, The Swon Brothers, Holly Tucker and Danielle Bradbery, left in the competition.

Of course, that means things didn’t fare so well for one of his fellow coaches. In the show’s first shocking live elimination, Adam Levine was left stunned when he lost not one, but two of his three ladies, who were also front-runners throughout the season. Judith Hill and Sarah Simmons were both eliminated, leaving Adam left with only (yep, another country singer) Amber Carrington.

Fortunately, although Adam took a hit, both newbies Usher and Shakira were enthused that their remaining team members, Michelle Chamuel and Sasha Allen, respectively, were saved by America. And, can I just add, that seeing Shak’s reaction to Sasha’s continuation in the competition was one of the best things that’s happened all season.

Shakira and Sasha Allen on The VoiceAlright, now it’s time to break this down. Surprisingly, it isn’t so surprising to see Judith go home. Although she’s been one of the best performers all season, she had the curse of going first in Monday’s live shows, and ruined her chances even more with a not-so-great song choice. Sorry, but there was just nothing memorable about her singing Will.i.Am’s “#thatPower,” and ultimately, that hurt her.

The biggest shock of the night to me was Sarah’s elimination. However, as I noted yesterday, although Sarah probably had my favorite performance of Monday night, there’s something about her that America just doesn’t get. Because she is on the shy side and doesn’t embody what the country generally views as a “star,” I wasn’t expecting her to win the whole thing (although based on her voice, she clearly could’ve). At the same time, I don’t think she should’ve gone home this week.

My pick was for The Swons and Michelle to depart last night, but America loves Blake Shelton and it works in Michelle’s favor that being somewhat “nerdy” is totally in right now (and clearly Usher is playing that side of her up — smart guy). It’s not that the guys and Michelle aren’t good singers, but are they THE.VOICE?

The Voice top 8So, where do we go from here? Amber has been my favorite since the Battle Rounds, and she’s still a front runner in my book. But…it sure does look like team Blake has a good chance at taking this one again (America sure does love ‘em some Danielle Bradbery)!

Which gets me to thinking: how much of an affect does a contestant’s coach have on their chances? Blake skyrocketed to fame and clearly was a major factor in helping country music flourish around the whole country after Season One aired, and he’s been a fan-favorite coach ever since. His special bond with his teammates and nice-guy attitude towards every contestant is definitely working in his favor, but is it fair? Leave us a comment or tweet at @Star_News!

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