"The Voice" 2013 resumed Nov. 4 on NBC with the first of three nights of playoff round action featuring the top 20 finalists. With 10 performances completed by evening's end, Team Adam Levine's James Wolpert seemed most likely to snag the all-important iTunes vote multiplier, which show host Carson Daly revealed would return to give the most popular contestants a boost in the competition.
Per Daly, each contestant whose newest release places in the top 10 of the iTunes top 200 singles chart at the close of a given day of voting will earn an iTunes bonus. Unlike season four, when the vote multiplier was worth 10 times the number of downloads of a given song, season five's bonus will be worth just five times the download vote total. Daly went on to identify the end of the voting window as 11 AM Eastern time.
Self-proclaimed computer geek Wolpert, who advanced to the live shows despite a rocky knockout round performance that nearly cost him his competition life, wowed the coaches and the live audience with his stripped down version of Joni Mitchell's "A Case of You." As of 2 AM Eastern time Nov. 5, Wolpert was ranked number 12 on the chart, ahead of Team Adam's Tessanne Chin, whose rendition of "Many Rivers to Cross" rested in 37th place with nine hours of voting time remaining.
Blake Shelton's highest-ranked finalist as of the same time was Austin Jenckes, whose version of "She Talks to Angels" rested in the 45-spot.
"The Voice" 2013 resumes Nov. 5 with performances by the finalists coached by Christina Aguilera and CeeLo Green.