The Voice: Who Should Make the Top 12?
Adam Levine, CeeLo Green, Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton | Photo Credits: Mark Seliger/NBC
After months of performances, The Voice is finally ready to reveal Season 3's Top 12 singers on Thursday. This elimination is far more crucial than in years prior since, for the first time, there is no guarantee that every coach's team will have a slot in the finals. So who has the pipes to make it to the top? Check out our picks below:
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Melanie Martinez: Melanie's quirky style has wowed us since the beginning and she continued to impress with her cover of Ray Charles' "Hit the Road." Though she isn't very comfortable being sassy yet (those shimmies!), there's still plenty of time for Melanie to find her inner diva if America and Adam give her a chance.
Brian Keith: Combining the grit of a rock star and the heart of Raffi, Brian Keith is quite the crowd-pleaser. During a cover of Goo Goo Dolls' "Iris," the singer really brought his A-game (in this case, "A" stands for angst). We're sure Brian's sensitive, fedora-sporting performance easily earned him enough votes to move on to the next round.
Amanda Brown: There's no doubt that Amanda stole the show with a rendition of Aerosmith's "Dream On" that gave Steven Tyler a run for his money. Demonstrating incredible range both vocally and stylistically, Amanda is an easy in for the Top 12 — and maybe even the Top 2! (The Voice does have a good track record with backup singers.)
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Liz Davis: Though she still needs a bit of polish, Liz delivered a solid performance of Martina McBride's "Independence Day." The sweet southern gal proved she can kick serious butt when the time's right, strutting across the stage like she owned it. And even if Liz doesn't earn the necessary audience votes to move on, it's hard to imagine Blake not saving his team's sole country singer.
Terry McDermott: Does this Scottish family man ever have an off night? Judging by what we've seen so far, no. He's pretty much perfect. That's why no one was surprised when Terry hit all the right notes once again, this time during his performance of "Don't Stop Believin.'" Though he rocks out so effortlessly, Terry's quiet confidence keeps him relatable (and oh, so lovable). This Joshua Tree-wannabe might just have what it takes to win!
Julio Cesar Castillo: This was a tough one to call. Michaela Paige really impressed with her glam-rock rendition of Neon Trees' "Everybody Talks," prompting CeeLo to name it the best performance of the night, but that was before Julio took the stage with "El Rey." It didn't seem to matter that the mariachi singer performed the song entirely in Spanish. Julio vibratoed his way into our hearts and earned the first standing ovation of the night. Whether or not the language barrier will alienate viewers is something that we'll have to wait to see, but he's got our vote!
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Trevin Hunte: Think about what you were doing at 18. Now think about what Trevin is doing at 18. If you feel pretty terrible, don't worry, it's normal. That's because at only 18, Trevin is killing iconic songs such as "How am I Supposed to Live Without You?" with the ease of a much more seasoned singer. Other than "perfect," the only word to aptly described Trevin is "butter," because he is that smooth.
Nicholas David: It looks like Nicholas got his wish. He definitely stole our hearts with his performance of Barry White's "You're the First, the Last, My Everything." And we aren't the only ones head-over-heels for the soulful singer. "I wanna make a baby now," Adam praised. As the living embodiment of everything The Voice is about, there's no way Nicholas shouldn't make it to the Top 12.
Cody Belew: From his explicit-ridden blind audition to his booty-smacking dance moves, Cody has become one of the strongest personalities of the season. Lucky for CeeLo, he's one of the strongest voices, too! Taking a break from his goofy antics, Cody brought some serious emotion to his rendition of "One More Try" by George Michael, proving that his haunting performance during the knockouts wasn't a one-time fluke. If you ask us, this guy's the complete package!
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De'borah: This girl gives great 'tude! A truth Christina worked to the singer's advantage assigning the singer Pink's "Who Knew." De'Borah commanded the stage, leaping around as she brought her unique brand of swag and angst to the pop-rock ballad. We've believed De'Borah had something truly special since her blind audition and so far we haven't been proven wrong. You go, DeBo!
Devyn DeLoera: Devyn's rendition of "Bleeding Love" was running all over the place, and that's a good thing! It might not have been her best performance, but Devyn did show us a more vulnerable side of herself. Afterwards, the coaches expressed she could do better and deserved another chance. We're happy to say we agree!
Sylvia Yacoub: The typical powerhouse performer shocked us with her stripped down rendition of Katy Perry's "The One That Got Away." When she began, the pathos was palpable in the slowed down intro until Sylvia switched gears into her typical fiery vocals. All the coaches were blown away, calling it the best performance of the night and promising she has nothing to worry about. These kind words comforted both the emotional Sylvia and us, who can't imagine the Top 12 without her!
The Voice reveals the Top 12 Thursday at 8/7c on NBC.