"The Voice" 2014 resumed May 19 on NBC as finalists Christina Grimmie, Josh Kaufman, and Jake Worthington hit the stage to sing one last time for America's votes and a shot at being crowned the season six winner. Data available via the iTunes top 200 chart at the close of the week's voting window on the morning of May 20 revealed a surprising set of results that could well cause the season to end on a note of controversy.
Grimmie, the 20-year old YouTube phenomenon who earned her finale berth after receiving the May 13 Twitter instant save, posted the highest finish of the bunch as her cover of the Elvis Presley classic "Can't Help Falling in Love" finished third on the iTunes chart, bettered only by Sam Smith's "Leave Your Lover" and "Problem" by Ariana Grande. Although her other solo number, a reprise of "Wrecking Ball," placed a field-worst 41st, her duet of Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know" with coach Adam Levine ranked eighth.
Also scoring big on the chart was aspiring country singer Worthington, who represents Blake Shelton's last chance at taking the title. All three of the 18-year old performer's tracks finished in the top 10. His best seller was a cover of Richard Marx's "Right Here Waiting," which ranked sixth. "A Country Boy Can Survive," which served as his duet with Shelton, finished a strong seventh, while his reprise of Keith Whitley's "Don't Close Your Eyes" placed ninth.
The controversy surrounds Kaufman, the lone surviving member of Team Usher. The talented aspiring R&B singer placed just 16th with his reprise of "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours" and 11th with his coach's duet iteration of The Police smash hit "Every Breath You Take." Early in the voting process, users reported problems locating and downloading his version of Adele's "Set Fire to the Rain," and the track does not appear at all on most versions of the chart.
Kaufman, who had earned a field-best three iTunes vote multipliers prior to the finale, still stands in good position to potentially take the title and is grateful for the fan support he's received. Shortly after the voting period concluded, he tweeted followers "That's it everybody. Thanks so much to all of you who voted & bought songs. I appreciate you all so much. I wouldn't be here without you." Since no new iTunes bonuses are awarded for finale performances, it's unlikely that the gaffe cost him many votes.
To see which of the three talented performers wins the competition, tune in to "The Voice" 2014 finale results show at 9 p.m. Eastern/Pacific on May 20. Scheduled guest performers include Coldplay, OneRepublic, Ed Sheeran, Tim McGraw, Justin Moore, and Alabama.