"The Voice" 2014 continued April 21 on NBC as the top 12 finalists hit the stage to sing live for America's votes for the very first time. With the season's first double elimination just hours away, one hopeful can most likely consider himself safe to sing again based on the results of the iTunes vote, which became available when the voting window closed at 9 a.m. Pacific time on April 22.
Thanks to a fifth place ranking for his show-closing cover of Sam Smith's recent release "Stay With Me," Team Usher's Josh Kaufman earned the first five-times vote multiplier of season six. Any contestant whose release earns a spot in the top 10 of the iTunes top 200 chart before the close of a given voting window will see his or her iTunes download vote total multiplied by five for the week.
Although no other hopefuls snagged a top 10 finish, all 12 placed within the top 300. Team Shakira's aspiring country artist Kristen Merlin, who survived a disastrous microphone failure during her rendition of Sugarland's "Stay," finished in the 30-spot while another country crooner, Team Blake Shelton's Jake Worthington, placed 39th with the Travis Tritt hit "Anymore."
YouTube sensation Christina Grimmie earned the highest placement for Adam Levine's team --47th-- with her take on "Dark Horse" by Katy Perry, and her teammate Kat Perkins finished 97th with "Magic Man." Team Blake's two other finalists, power vocalist Sisaundra Lewis and country purist Audra McLaughlin, came in 103rd and 112th for their respective versions of "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" and "Angel of the Morning."
Up and coming R&B singer Delvin Choice of Team Adam placed 122nd with the classic "Unchained Melody," while Team Usher's powerful Bria Kelly placed 134th with her gritty version of Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" and Team Shakira's Tess Boyer came in 178th with Bon Jovi's "I'll Be There for You." Finally, rounding out the bottom of the order were Team Usher's T.J. Wilkins and Team Shakira's Dani Moz. While T.J. finished 284th with "Waiting on the World to Change," Dani achieved the field-worst result with Pink's "Just Give Me a Reason."
"The Voice" 2014 continues April 22 on NBC with the results of the first nationwide vote. The bottom three will sing for their lives, and then the Twitter save will decide who will join the top 10.