Jordan Smith is at the doorstep of winning The Voice, and some believe the Kentucky singer could become the show’s biggest star ever.
The 21-year-old earned huge praise for his performance of the Queen classic “Somebody to Love” on Monday’s show, and within less than an hour he hit another huge milestone — knocking Adele out of the top spot on iTunes. Smith’s single hit No. 1 on the chart in only about half an hour from the end of the show.
It seems more than a flash in the pan. Many critics think Jordan Smith could not only win the competition, but join the ranks of Josh Kaufman, Cassadee Pope, and Danielle Bradbury as the most successful winners.
Smith credits his success to what People magazine described as his “high-pitched, feminine voice.”
“I get called ma’am on the phone all the time,” he said during blind auditions.
He also gives props to his coach, Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine, who has helped bring Smith to the doorstep of winning The Voice.
“He is super involved as a coach,” Smith recently told People magazine. “That’s not an act. He was just talking to us about our next song choices and takes the time to listen through songs and find the right fit for us.”
— Mashable (@mashable) December 8, 2015
Levine has been singing Smith’s praises for weeks. Back when Jordan first picked the Maroon 5 frontman as his coach, Levine called Smith “the most important person that’s ever been on this show.”
On Monday’s episode of The Voice, Jordan Smith was the first singer sent through to the finals. He joined Emily Ann Roberts, who earned praise for her rendition of “9 to 5” and has improved from an outsider to a real contender for the title.
The other finalists are Barrett Baber from Blake Shelton’s team and Jeffrey Austin, who was pushed along to the finals thanks to Twitter votes.
Jordan Smith made an immediate impression on the show, with his rendition of Sia’s “Chandelier” at the blind auditions prompting all four judges to turn around. He has continued to make his mark on the competition, Kentucky noted, singing songs by Sam Smith and Adele and a memorable rendition of “Great is They Faithfulness” days after the terrorist attacks in Paris.
Another high mark came in late November, when Smith took a step back for a toned-down performance of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” that won over the crowd.
“I showed a lot of restraint this week, which is different for me,” he told Zap2it. “In a lot of my songs, I’ve been that over singer.”
“I thought what better way to really get these lyrics across than sing them quietly,” Smith added. “I wanted that feeling of us all coming in together and singing this song.”
The performances have helped Jordan Smith earn a legion of loyal fans, many of them taking to Twitter to express their support.
— Elise (@elisemthompson) December 8, 2015
— Christina Johnson (@CJohnson032) December 8, 2015
Smith and the other finalists will now have just a few more days of waiting. The final performances for The Voice will take place on Monday, with this season’s winner crowned on Tuesday.
Though Jordan Smith is seen by many as the favorite to win The Voice this year, the Kentucky singer has taken a diplomatic approach. He told People that he has grown close to his fellow contestants, and said he is “just as thrilled for one of these ladies or anyone on any of the other teams to win.”
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