On Tuesday night, “The Voice” announced the Top 6 finalists and sent another two contestants home. For those unfamiliar with the way voting is done on the show, it should be noted that iTunes sales are also part of the voting process. Given this information and seeing Sawyer Fredericks’ name all over the iTunes chart on Monday, it looks as if calling an early win for the 16-year-old farm-boy and Team Pharrell might be
As TV Line recapped April 28, “The Voice” pared its last eight finalists down to six on Tuesday night, sending two of Team Blake’s up-until-then intact team home (Corey Kent White and Hannah Kirby). The Instant Twitter Save went to Team XTina’s India Carney, who performed Chritina Perri’s “Human” for the closes win in the history of “The Voice” (so sayeth host Carson Daly). This now leaves Team Adam (Levine) and Team Blake (Shelton) with one finalist in the competition. It also leaves Team XTina (Aguilera) and Team Pharrell (Williams) with two contestants each.
And speaking of Team Pharrell, young Sawyer Fredericks is undoubtedly the frontrunner. With his catchy arrangement of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Simple Man” on Monday night, the New York teen was assured a spot in the Top 6. And the song landing in the iTunes Top 200 Singles Chart Top 10 (No. 2), according to TV Media Insights, didn’t hurt his chances at all, considering that songs that get inside the Top 10 have their sales numbers multiplied by 10 and added to their votes. (Team Adam’s’ Joshua Davis’ rendition of Sting’s “Fields of Gold” was the only other song to reach the top level — at No. 4.)
But here’s why Sawyer Fredericks will win it all. According to TV Media Insights, six of the teen’s songs were still in the Top 200, including his version of the Goo Goo Dolls’ “Iris” (the only other of his songs in the Top 100 at No. 76), Monday when “Simple Man” took off. That particular song hit the Top 10 last week, where it peaked at No. 4. His version of John Lennon’s “Imagine,” performed during the Top 12 show, also hit the Top 10 (No. 2). All of those songs were multiplied by 10. Their continuing sales also count, all of which are to be added to the young man’s vote total in The Finals. (His getting there seems to be a foregone conclusion.)
Thus far, besides Joshua Davis, only Meghan Linsey, Koryn Hawthorne, and Kimberly Nichole have had Top 10 hits — and only one each. Add in the fact that Fredericks’ “Simple Man” has done a slow fall out of the Top 10 (it was still No. 2 the following day while Davis dropped) and by this post is still in the iTunes Top 40 (No. 32), with the closest competitor at No. 70 (Kimberly Nichole with Radiohead’s “Creep”), and it is looking like a runaway for the young man.
So don’t be too surprised if Sawyer Fredericks does two things next week — make it into The Finals and scores another Top 10 iTunes hit. And don’t be surprised when he takes home “The Voice” trophy at the Season 8 finale. However, a win is not inevitable or guaranteed (you never know how many are going to vote for and buy the songs of the other contestants), but do prepare to be shocked if the long-haired, folk-singing country boy doesn’t win.
“The Voice” airs on NBC Television on Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. (EST)