Unlike American Idol, this season of the Voice has been very hard for me to forecast.  My predictions thus far have been laughable at best, but I will continue to lend my expertise.  Here we go, starting first with my day-one predictions regarding who will be going to the finals:




JUDITH HILL: She’s still safe in my book.  Her performance of mentor Michael Jackson’s “The Way You Make Me Feel,” was versatile, fun, memorable, and emotional.


SASHA ALLEN: Of all of my “safe” predictions, I have the least amount of confidence in Sasha.  Her rendition of Emeli Sande’s “Next to Me” offered little…  But it was good.  It didn’t sound any different than the original recording.  Not better, not worse…  Identical really.  That will hurt her, but I can’t see her going home this week.


DANIELLE BRADBERY: Deep down, I like Danielle.  I’m DYING for her to offer me something different that the female country songs she’s been doing.  Give me a modern pop song like Carly Rae Jepsen or Kelly Clarkson.  How about a classical song in the vein as a Celine Dion/Leona Lewis-type…  Anything BUT Jo Dee Messina’s “Heads Carolina, Tails California.”




HOLLY TUCKER: Holly’s gospel hymn “How Great Thou Art” was a real breath of fresh air as it wasn’t a country song, and it also sounded very pleasant.  I’m surprised I’m saying THAT was a great song choice!


THE SWON BROTHERS: Yes, they did a country song.  However, I think they do country songs well.  Strangely, I like these guys and their performances, including last night’s Randy Houser song that I’m sure I would hate, “How Country Feels.”


JOSIAH HAWLEY: A male model performing a Coldplay song?  I’m going to bet he’s safe, even though I found his vocals on “Clocks” to be less than amazing.


SARAH SIMMONS: Of all of the people in my middle-ranged section, I have Sarah in the deepest jeopardy.  I hated what she did with “Mama Knows Best” by Jessie J.  Combine that with the fact that I doubt many people know this song, and she’s at risk…  But two still did worse than her.


MICHELLE CHAMUEL: I thought her Pink song “Just Give Me a Reason” was a COMPLETE disaster, but I also feel as if she’s got such an enthusiastic and passionate fan base that she’s going to be OK.




KRIS ALLEN: I’m going to be honest, I enjoyed his cover of Miguel’s “Adorn.”  I thought it was in good to taste to not Hulk-Hogan-Legdrop anybody in the audience.  But I don’t think America will be voting for Kris tonight.


AMBER CARRINGTON: I had a really hard time placing who will be in this position…  Going back and forth between Amber and Sarah, and sometimes considering Michelle and Josiah…  But ultimately, I decided on Amber and her uninspired version of Kelly Clarkson’s “Breakaway.”  Two things make me unconfident in this decision.  1- People love that song, and 2- She didn’t do a bad job.  She just didn’t do a good job.