Melbourne singer Harrison Craig has emerged as the favourite to take out this year’s season of ‘The Voice’, dominating this week’s iTunes chart with his tracks ‘More Than A Dream’ (cover image pictured) and ‘Unchained Melody’, which are currently in positions No.1 and No.2 respectively. The 18 year old was an early frontrunner after his performance of Josh Groban’s ‘Broken Vow’ saw coach Seal nab him as part of his team.
Should he win, it would be the second successive win for Team Seal, after Karise Eden took out the competition last year.
30 year old Queenslander Luke Kennedy is in the runner-up position on iTunes at this stage with his single ‘Love Is Gone’. The handsome former Ten Tenor, Team Ricky’s sole survivor, is certainly an audience favourite – and will more than likely be dominating the phone voting. ‘Love Is Gone’ is in position No.7 with his version of ‘Caruso’ at No.8. He’s been no stranger to the ARIA charts in the past couple of months. Luke’s cover of ‘Overjoyed’ only managed a No.35 debut on this week’s ARIA singles chart.
In third place at this stage is Team Delta’s final performer Celia Pavey. The folksy songstress who now calls Sydney home originally auditioned with Simon & Garfunkel’s ‘Scarborough Fair’, which subsequently spent time in the ARIA singles chart. Her track ‘Candle In The Night’ is currently sitting at No.10 on the iTunes singles chart, followed by her performance of ‘Xanadu’ down in position No.30. Celia nabbed the highest placed debut on this week’s ARIA singles chart out of all ‘The Voice’ contestants with her cover of ‘Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow’.
Though his recordings have failed to make as great a dent in the ARIA charts over the past few weeks, there’s no denying that despite polarising the audience, New South Welshman Danny Ross is still a real threat to take out the top prize. As the sole survivor on Team Joel, the singer’s cover of Imagine Dragons’ ‘It’s Time’ premiered at No.69 on this week’s ARIA chart, compared with the original version, which re-entered at No.61. He’s the lowest placed of any of the remaining contestants on the iTunes chart, with ‘Windmill’ currently at No.38 – one place below his cover of ‘Let Her Go’.
No matter who takes out the crown next week, they’ll be sharing the stage with some of the globe’s hottest stars, with Universal Music confirming that Robin Thicke will hit the Grand Finale with a performance of his Aussie No.1 smash ‘Blurred Lines’. The singer will be on the ground from Sunday for a four day promotional visit. His new album is due next month.
Also appearing on ‘The Voice’ Grand Finale show will be US outfit OneRepublic, whose lead singer Ryan Tedder appeared for Team Delta in a mentoring role earlier in the season. The band will be performing their latest single ‘Counting Stars’, lifted from the album ‘Native’.
‘The Voice’ Grand Finale kicks off at 7:30pm this Monday night on the Nine Network.