The Voice Season Three has come down to the top six contestants who will compete for their chance to be in the quarterfinals, Monday, December 3rd.
As mentors, the Voice judges are also competing and Christina Aquilera is out of the game, but Team Adam, Team Cee Lo and Team Blake are still in it with two teammates each. Meet the final six contestants of Season Three.
1. Amanda Brown
Twenty-seven-year-old Amanda Brown is from Bronx, New York where she went from a Pentecostal gospel choir to backup singer for Adele and Alicia Keys.
Brown actually lost to Trevin Hunte in the battle round, but was fought over by the other judges, who all wanted to "steal" her for their team. She chose Team Adam, who pitted her against Michelle Brooks-Thompson in the knockout round.
Her first live, performance (Aerosmith's "Dream On") led to a standing ovation by the judges and Rolling Stone magazine pronouncing: Brown "has this thing locked down."
Brown's recent power ballad remake of "Someone Like You," by Adele may have impressed fans but Christina Aguilera, leveled her sharpest critique, saying she was still trying to understand who Brown is "as an artist."
Still Brown's performances have charted in the Top 10 on iTunes and she's likely to make it to the finale.
2. Nicholas David
Thirty-one-year-old Minnesota country singer Nicholas David is a father of three. He played guitar and sang "Stand By Me" at the blind audition, and landed a spot on Team Cee Lo. Since then, he beat out team members Todd Kessler and Mycle Wastman to move onto the live performances.
There David's cover of Barry White's "You’re the First, the Last, My Everything," caused judge Levine to gush, "I kinda wanna make a baby right now. If I wanna make a baby after listening to Barry White, then you’ve done your job."
This week the musician took on Marvin Gaye's "What's Goin' On," accompanying himself on a vintage Wurlitzer and once again proving he's more than just a country singer.
3. Trevin Hunte
Eighteen-year-old New York high school student Trevin Hunte was bullied by other students and told by a teacher he'd never make it in music. He's proving them wrong. His rendition of Beyonce's "Listen" caused three judges to turn and give him a standing ovation.
He chose Team Cee Lo and beat out Amanda Brown and Terisa Griffin to move into the live performances where his cover of Michael Bolton's "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You" caused Green to rave that Hunte could win the whole competition with his "undeniable" and "unearthly" talent.
But no one had that kind of praise for his latest outing, a lackluster rendition of Whitney Houston's "Greatest Love of All." Can he turn things around and make it into the top four?
4. Melanie Martinez
A seventeen-year-old high school student with two-toned hair, Melanie Martinez is from Baldwin, New York, where she says she likes to immerse herself in artistic endeavors that make her stand out from the crowd.
Three judges turned for her folksy audition to Britney Spears' "Toxic." Martinez chose Team Adam, where she beat out Caitlin Michele in the battle round (Michele was then stolen by Green).
Then her haunting,rendition of La Roux's "Bulletproof" knocked out Sam James, and Martinez' first playoff performance of Ray Charles' "Hit the Road Jack" was so unique Levine, called it “wild and completely different."
She's charted in the Top 10 on iTunes, and may gain sympathy for being in the middle of a break-up, which has fueled her recent on-the-verge-of-tears performances like Monday's "Too Close" by Alex Clare, but also seems to have knocked Martinez off her mark.
5. Terry McDermott
Thirty-five-year-old Terry McDermott is originally from Scotland, but moved to America with his band, Driveblind. Now he lives in New Orleans with his wife and son, and is trying to make it as a solo artist.
McDermott opened the blind auditions with a rendition of The Who's "Baba O'Riley", that drew praise from all the male judges. After joining Team Blake, McDermott beat out Casey Muessigmann and Rudy Parris before moving into the live performances.
McDermott has continued to show his chops and did so again in his latest performance, a rocking cover of Shelton's country hit "Only."
6. Cassadee Pope
Twenty-three-year-old Cassadee Pope's pop-punk band, Hey Monday, toured with Fall Out Boy. The multi-talented musician plays guitar, bass, drums and violin and says she prides herself on knowing a "surprising amount of '80s rock music."
Pope's blind audition to "Torn" caused all four judges to turn and fight over her. She went with Team Blake and battled Ryan Jirovec then knocked out Suzanna Choffel, with an impressive rendition of Maroon 5's "Payphone."
Pope has transformed live performances, like her version of Avril Lavigne's "My Happy Ending," into frontrunner status, but her latest, Michelle Branch's "Are You Happy Now?" verged on the banal.