"The Voice" 2014 resumed April 28 on NBC as the top 10 finalists hit the stage to sing live for a shot at earning America's votes and a berth in the top eight. At close of the week's voting window on the morning of April 29, a single contestant's track ranked in the top 10 of the iTunes top 200 chart, securing the lucky hopeful the coveted five-times vote multiplier and all-but assuring an extension of her competition life.
Taking the honor was YouTube star Christina Grimmie of Team Adam Levine, whose cover of the Drake release "Hold On, We're Going Home" placed an impressive fifth as of noon Eastern time. Grimmie's live performance was so good that it earned not only the lion's share of downloads for the evening, but also the attention of celebrities including "Scandal" star Kerry Washington, who tweeted "Is anybody else watching this CRAZY performance of @Drake on #TheVoice ?!?! #TeamAdam WOW CHRISTINA GRIMMIE. Well done! I'll be downloading."
For the second week running, Team Shakira's aspiring country star Kristen Merlin ranked second in the iTunes vote, finishing 19th with her version of Passenger's "Let Her Go." Audra McLaughlin of Team Blake Shelton saw a significant improvement in download traffic; while her April 21 take on "Angel of the Morning" left her in 112th place on the chart, her April 28 version of Reba McEntire's "You Lie" placed a very respectable 31st.
The next three artists in line posted solid finishes just a little further down the chart. Team Adam's rocker Kat Perkins placed an impressive 34th with the reality show staple "Landslide," while Team Usher's Josh Kaufman, who was the only member of the top 12 to score a download vote multiplier, placed 35th with Kenny Loggins' "This is It." Team Blake's country music purist Jake Worthington came in 40th with George Strait's "Run."
Worthington's teammate, the power vocalist Sisaundra Lewis, placed 67th with "Oh Sherrie," while Team Adam's Delvin Choice finished 78th with "Bright Lights." Finally, rounding out the bottom of the week's rankings are Team Usher's Bria Kelly and Team Shakira's Tess Boyer. While Kelly finished 127th with Avril Lavigne's "I'm With You," Boyer's spin on "Ain't it Fun" left her a disappointing 158th and very susceptible to elimination during the April 29 results show. Boyer received the first Twitter Save of season six, and historically, no contestant has ever survived for more than one week after being granted the save.
"The Voice" 2014 top 10 results show airs April 29 on NBC. The season's second Twitter Save vote will grant one lucky low-vote recipient a second chance to win the competition.