Looks like Blake Shelton's winning streak is finally over. For the first time in "Voice" history, he has no chance of triumphing on the show. After leading Jermaine Paul, Cassadee Pope, and Danielle Bradbery to victory over the past three "Voice" seasons, Blake is officially out of the running, having lost his one remaining team member, Cole Vosbury, on Tuesday's semifinals results episode.
Meanwhile, Blake's archrival, Adam Levine, has a great chance of scoring his first "Voice" victory since Team Adam's Javier Colon took the title way back in Season 1. While Adam did suffer his first loss of the entire season (incredibly) this Tuesday, when James Wolpert was sent home in fifth place, his contestants Tessanne Chin and Will Champlin did make it through, and either has a very good shot of coming out on top. And Christina Aguilera, who's never won "The Voice," finally may taste sweet victory if her last girl standing, teen prodigy Jacquie Lee, prevails.
Sigh. Poor Cole. He was my favorite all season long (I was a card-carrying member of the Cole Patrol), and he seemed like a fan favorite, too. Maybe if he'd saved one of his standout performances from earlier in the season — "To Be With You," "Rich Girl," "Let Her Go" — for this week, he might've made the iTunes top 10 and scored that all-important "iTunes Bonus." But this week, Garth Brooks's "Shameless" just wasn't the kind of song that inspired fans to log on the way they did for Will's "Carry On," Jacquie's "Angel," or especially Tessanne's "Bridge Over Troubled Water," all of which made the top 10.
Did Blake screw Cole over with the Garth song choice? Or had Blake just hoped/assumed that all those country fans that'd helped Team Blake's country crooners dominate Season 4 were still watching and voting in Season 5? Whatever his strategy was, it backfired this time. Blake won't have bragging rights (or a fourth "Voice" trophy to show off) when he returns next season, and Cole won't be returning to compete on next week's finale. Sad trombone.
Or maybe not-so-sad trombone. After all, Tessanne, Will, and Jacquie are all extremely worthy contenders, so it's hardly a tragedy that they're headed to what is sure to be a fantastic finale next week. And it's not all over for James and Cole, either. Tuesday's results show was a virtual "Voice" reunion, and while (Team Blake) champs Cassadee Pope and Danielle Bradbery performed, there were also appearances by non-winners like Season 4's Michelle Chamuel and the Swon Brothers and Season 2's Jamar Rogers and Chris Mann, all of whom have done quite all right for themselves and have proven that there is life after "The Voice." Michelle's performance of her new indie single "Go Down Singing" with the USC drum corps was especially compelling. Will James (who's basically the male Michelle Chamuel) or Cole (who sort of seems like a long-lost Swon) have similarly bright futures? Let's hope.
And let's hope that next week's finale is full of the sort of amazing performances that we've seen all season long on "The Voice." With talents like Tessanne, Jacquie, and Will in the mix, I'm sure that will be the case.