Danielle Bradbery likely has a pretty big edge in the iTunes voting heading into Monday’s performance finale on The Voice.
But it’s probably not nearly the advantage Cassadee Pope had in Season 3, when her songs were topping the iTunes singles chart on a regular basis.
And it might not be as overwhelming as some would suspect.
Danielle has landed in the top 10 on iTunes three times since The Voice Season 4 finals began.
The Swon Brothers turned the trick twice; Michelle Chamuel once.
That’s important because landing in the top 10 on iTunes lands an artist 10 votes per download instead of one, and those bonus points carry over to The Voice finale.
But one of Danielle’s top performing songs (“Maybe It Was Memphis” at number 5 on iTunes) won’t count because it came in the live playoffs, not the finals.
And fans of The Swon Brothers and Michelle Chamuel who want to help even up the score can, right now, before voting for the finale begins.
At least they can if I’m reading The Voice voting rules correctly.
Here’s what it says: The “Cumulative iTunes Vote Total” means the total number of iTunes purchases of an artist’s Eligible Songs from the live performances that air commencing on May 13, 2013, and continuing through and including the finale, up to a limit of one (1) download per Eligible Song per valid iTunes account, including any iTunes Bonuses (if any) previously earned by the artist.
For the sake of clarity, the Cumulative iTunes Vote Total will include iTunes downloads of Eligible Songs, up to a limit of one (1) download per Eligible Song per valid iTunes account, beginning at the opening of the voting window for the May 13th episode and continuing until the close of the voting window for the finale, and thus will include downloads occurring during and outside the applicable voting windows for the performance episodes airing on May 13th through June 17th.
In other words, if you’re a fan of the Swon Brothers or Michelle Chamuel and haven’t downloaded all the songs they’ve performed since the finals began, you can download them right now, and it will count as a vote.
Of course, that’s just one vote compared to the 30-some you’ll be able to cast by the varying methods after Monday’s finale.
Speaking of which, check back then for song-by-song grades as the top three square off.
In the meantime, let’s check out the iTunes ranking since the finals began.
Top 12 Night
#19: The Swon Brothers, “Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes”
#22: Danielle Bradbery, “Wasted”
#61: Michelle Chamuel, “Call Your Girlfriend.
Top 10 Night
#8: Danielle Bradbery, “Heads Carolina, Tails California”
#15: Michelle Chamuel, “Just Give Me a Reason”
#55: The Swon Brothers, “How Country Feels”
Top 8 Night
#12: Danielle Bradbery: “Grandpa”
#13: Michelle Chamuel: “Grenade”
#34: The Swon Brothers: “Seven Bridges Road”
Top 6 Night
#4: Michelle Chamuel, “I Knew You Were Trouble”
#12: Danielle Bradbery: “A Little Bit Stronger”
#18: Michelle Chamuel: “Somewhere Only We Know”
#20: Danielle Bradbery: “Shake the Sugar Tree”
#28: The Swon Brothers: “Wagon Wheel”
#47: The Swon Brothers: “Okie from Muskogee”
Top 5 Night
#2: The Swon Brothers, “Danny’s Song”
#4: Danielle Bradbery, “Who I Am”
#6: Danielle Bradbery, “Please Remember Me”
#8: The Swon Brothers, “Turn the Page”
#12: Michelle Chamuel, “Time After Time”
#24: Michelle Chamuel, “Clarity”