"The Voice" aired its semi-finals episode Monday evening, devoting an hour where the Top 5 finalists were given one song with which to convince America that they were worthy of their votes and of a place in the Top 3, otherwise known as a spot in the season finale. And without a doubt, the artists laid it all out on the stage, delivering great performances that left their coaches either not being able to praise them enough, or, as was Adam Levine's case with his charge, Tessanne Chin, just plain speechless. But two of the Top 5 will be eliminated Tuesday night. Who might those acts be?
It's a good chance that the Season 5 winner will come from Team Adam, given that he's got three finalists in the Top 5. And to get his team ready, he invited them all over for a Breakfast of Champions. (Okay, we don't know what kind of breakfast they actually had, but, as Michael Slezak at TV Line wrote in his recap of the Top 5 performance show on Dec. 9, how is it that, if Levine did cook them breakfast, how is it that there was no video footage of it?)
Taking at look at the final five contestants, it goes without saying that James Wolpert is most likely in the weakest position and the one most in danger of being voted off the show. He barely survived the Top 6 elimination round, receiving the season's last Instant Save from Twitter votes to be able to compete in the Top 5. And it didn't help that he was dealt the death slot (first up and the likeliest spot to be forgotten). Be that as it may, his coach, Adam Levine, chose U2's "With Or Without You" for him to perform, and, whether one is a fan of the young man or not, James delivered on the song. He started off a bit flat but by the end he was nailing it.
Second in line was Will Champlin, also from Team Adam. In an attempt to get the serious Champlin to open up a bit, Levine gave him fun.'s "Carry On" to sing. And by the end of the performance, he actually smiled. Will did a great job with the song as well, but he still looked awkward and awfully isolated. He definitely needed a prop for the song -- you know, like his trusty (and space-occupying) piano.
In the middle of the pack was Jacquie Lee, the 16-year-old powerhouse singer to whom Coach Christina Aguilera can't help but compare herself. It has gotten far past annoying, but being annoyed at Christina Aguilera shouldn't cost Jacquie any votes. Still, the teen performed Sarah McLachlan's "Angel" nearly to perfection. Her coach waxed laudatory for nearly two hours (okay, they were actually minutes) and although she well deserved the praise, the run-on (and on) was a bit much.
Cole Vosbury got a haircut and a bit of support from Cee Lo Green, who lost his last finalist at the seventh spot (two shows ago), before Coach Blake Shelton gave him Garth Brooks' "Shameless," which was originally written and recorded by Billy Joel. The song showcased Cole's musician skills as he became the piano man for the night and belted out the passionate lyrics in an effort to win America's votes. It was a solid performance, but it seemed to lack the power of both Will's and Jacquie's songs.
And as if Tessanne Chin wasn't already a formidable vocalist to be reckoned with, she drew the pimp spot (the last performance position of the show). Adam Levine chose Simon and Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water" for her and she simply owned it, leaving her coach speechless when host Carson Daly asked for his critique at song's end. But as strong as her performance was, and considering how strong her performances have been throughout the competition, does Tessanne have what it takes to win "The Voice?" Possibly. (She also has over 40,000 more Twitter followers than her nearest competitor, Jacquie Lee, which should give her at least a slight advantage.) She definitely had the most memorable -- and best -- performance of the night.
Although it won't be known for certain until Carson Daly reveals the voting results Tuesday, there is a good possibility that Team Adam could make a full sweep and claim all three of the Top 3 finale positions. If so, it would be the first time it has occurred in the five-season history of "The Voice."
Still, it is doubtful that young Jacquie Lee will be eliminated and it is possible that Team Adam could lose two of its members on the results show. If that were to occur, there would be one each from Teams Blake, Christina, and Adam.
So who is most likely to be booted? Probably James Wolpert.
Those with the strongest performances and, therefore, better chances of making the finale? Tessanne Chin and Jacquie Lee.
Those that could go either way? Cole Vosbury and Will Champlin.
To find out who will go on to the Season 5 finale of "The Voice," tune in to the live Top 5 results show on Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 9 p.m. EST.