The Voice Season Three has determined its top twelve--the singers who have made it through earlier battle and knockout rounds and now compete for America's votes. These twelve finalists (three from each judge's team) continue to compete for their opportunity to win $100,000 and a record deal with Universal Republic.
Meet the 12 finalists of The Voice Season Three:
1. Cody Belew
A 27-year-old singer from Beebe, Arkansas, Cody Belew grew up singing at rodeos and churches and says his love of soul music is fueled by his belief that he was "an old black woman" in a past life.
Impressed by his rendition of Otis Redding's "Hard to Handle," Judge Cee Lo Green happily snapped Belew up to complete his team. In the battle round, Belew went head-to-head against Domo to the song "Telephone." While the other judges seemed to prefer Domo, Green moved Belew on to the next round, where he knocked out R&B singer Avery Wilson.
Belew showed off his range in the first live performance, with George Michael's "One More Try," a performance that definitely earned the crooner another chance at winning it all.
2. Amanda Brown
Bronx, New York native Amanda Brown grew up in a Pentecostal church where gospel music was such a dominant force that she wasn't even exposed to other musical styles until her teens. Already successful in the music industry, Brown has worked as a backup singer for Adele and Alicia Keys.
The 27-year-old held back on her vocal power until the end of her audition song, "Valerie," and only Cee Lo Green turned for her (although Adam Levine said if she'd gotten to her power earlier, "I think we all would have turned around.").
Pitted against Trevin Hunte in the battle round, Brown lost but was quickly pounced on by the other judges, who all wanted to "steal" her for their team. She went with Levine, who put her up against Michelle Brooks-Thompson in a close knockout round.
Brown survived and her live, stunning performance of Aerosmith's "Dream On" led to a standing ovation by the judges; Adam Levine raving, "this was by far the actual best performance of the night;" and Rolling Stone magazine pronouncing: Brown "has this thing locked down."
3. Nicholas David
Nicholas David sang with a country band after college and continues to perform regularly despite being married with two children (and a third on the way). The Minnesotan's unique voice and musical style were obvious in the blind auditions when he played guitar and sang "Stand By Me." Judge Cee Lo Green was particularly impressed.
On Team Cee Lo, David battled Todd Kessler (to Hall & Oates' "She's Gone") to make it into the knockout round, where he was up against another soulful singer, Mycle Wastman. Judge Levine called David's performance of "Put Your Records On" (by Corinne Bailey Rae) "special" and Green moved David ahead.
Although Levine had to first educate the (tween) audience about Barry White and his "baby-making music," David's cover of White's "You’re the First, the Last, My Everything," moved the judge 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."
That job has moved David into the next round of the competition.
4. Dez Duron
Dez Duron turned his back on a Yale scholarship to apply for The Voice Season Two. Then none of the judges turned for him. But when Duron auditioned this season, all but one judge wanted him on their team.
Aguilera won out and the 25-year-old singer from Chicago Heights, Illinois--who Blake Shelton now describes as an hybrid of Saved by the Bell's A.C. Slater and Elvis Presley--has served her team well. In the Battle Round he squeaked by 16-year-old Paulina. Then he went up against 17-year-old Alessandra Guerico (who Aguilera stole from Adam Levine's team) and won again. His live performance of Hunter Hayes' "Wanted" drew screams from the audience, a standing ovation from Aquilera and enough viewer votes to continue on.
5. Trevin Hunte
High school student Trevin Hunte has been bullied by other students and told by a teacher he would never make it in music. But the R&B singer wowed the judges in the blind audition with his rendition of Beyonce's "Listen." Only Adam Levine failed to turn his chair for Hunte--let alone give him the standing ovation the other judges rewarded Hunte with. The eighteen-year-old singer from New York chose to go with Team Cee Lo.
In the battle round, Hunte went up against another powerhouse, Amanda Brown (who was stolen by Levine when Green went with Hunte); then he sang against Terisa Griffin in the knockout round. Although Green called Griffin's cover of "Saving All My Love For You" by Whitney Houston "exceptional," Hunte's heart-wrenching “Against All Odds” by Phil Collins tipped the scales in his direction.
Hunte's first live performance (a cover of Michael Bolton's "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You") so impressed his coach that Green raved that Hunte could win the whole competition with his "undeniable" and "unearthly" talent.
6. Bryan Keith
Bryan Keith--son of Ray de la Paz, a member of the Grammy-winning Spanish Harlem Orchestra--taught himself to play both guitar and drums. During the blind auditions, his cover of "It Will Rain" won praise from all four judges, but Adam Levine won Keith over with his plea, "More than anyone I've seen today, I'm dying to have you on my team."
In the battle round, Keith went up against Collin McLoughlin, and Levine preferred Keith's version of Sublime's "Santeria" over McLoughlin (who was then stolen by Team Blake). Keith continued his laid back style in the knockout round against high-energy Joe Kirkland and despite Levine complaining Keith didn't "become himself" until the end of the performance, the judge still moved him on.
Keith proved himself worthy in the first live performance, where he wooed the audience and impressed judges with his version of Goo Goo Dolls' "Iris."
7. Adriana Louise
Adriana Louise is a 22-year-old from Brooklyn, New York. After being a victim of a robbery, Louise taught herself to sing and play guitar.
Louise is a member of Team Christina, she battled Jordan Pruitt and knocked out 16-year-old Celica Westbrook. Then she opened the live performance rounds with an impressive rendition of Katy Perry’s "Firework," that gained her enough support to continue in the competition.
8. Melanie Martinez
The girl with the two-toned hair, Melanie Martinez is a 17-year-old from Baldwin, New York. An avid photographer, Martinez says she likes to immerse herself in artistic endeavors that make her stand out from the crowd.
Her blind audition, a folksy rendition of Britney Spears' "Toxic," moved three judges to turn their chairs. Adam Levine, Cee Lo Green, and Blake Shelton fought over her, but Martinez chose Levine, who then pitted her against Caitlin Michele in the battle round. Their soulful rendition of Ellie Goulding "Lights" moved both girls ahead as Levine chose Martinez and Michele was stolen by Green.
Martinez' haunting, husky rendition of La Roux's "Bulletproof" knocked out aspiring rocker Sam James, while her live playoff performance of Ray Charles' "Hit the Road Jack" was so unique that her coach, Levine, called it “wild and completely different" and said he couldn't compare it to the original. While Christina Aguilera pointed to early pitch problems, the judges and audience liked it enough to move Martinez on.
9. Terry McDermott
Originally from Scotland, Terry McDermott, moved to America with his band, Driveblind. Now living in New Orleans with his wife and son, he's trying to make it as a solo artist.
On The Voice, McDermott opened the blind auditions with The Who's "Baba O'Riley", which drew praise from three of the judges (Adam Levine, Cee Lo Green and Blake Shelton). After going with Team Blake, McDermott battled country singer Casey Muessigmann on the Kansas song "Carry On Wayward Son." Although both earned positive responses from the judges, Shelton sent McDermott through to the knockout round, where he beat Rudy Parris.
McDermott's first live performance--to Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'"--brought praise from all the judges, especially Shelton, who raved, "When God was passing out the ability to rock, he gave Terry just a little bit more."
10. Michaela Paige
High school senior, Michaela Paige is 16-years-old and from Boca Raton, Florida, where she hosts three Internet radio shows she founded. She especially enjoys promoting music by new artists.
The blond-Mohawk-sporting singer moved judge Blake Shelton with her rendition of Pink's "Sober" in the blind audition and battled country singer Kelly Crapa to Joan Jett's "I Hate Myself For Loving You," before knocking out Collin McLoughlin with "Love is a Battlefield."
Her first live performance, a rocking take of Neon Trees' "Everybody Talks," impressed the judges so much Cee Lo Green called it the "best performance of the night."
11. Cassadee Pope
Cassadee Pope, whose pop punk band, Hey Monday, toured with Fall Out Boy hopes The Voice will launch her solo career. Multi-talented Pope plays guitar, bass, drums and violin and says she prides herself on knowing a "surprising amount of '80s rock music."
The 23-year-old's blind audition to "Torn" caused all four judges to push their buttons and fight to have her on their team. She decided to go with country star Shelton and on his team, battled Ryan Jirovec (although audiences only got to see a 30 second snippet of the head-to-head).
In her knockout battle against music teacher Suzanna Choffel, Pope's rendition of Maroon 5's "Payphone," impressed the judges including Maroon 5 lead singer, Adam Levine. Meanwhile, her version of Avril Lavigne's "My Happy Ending," during the first live performances garnered enough praise to move her on to the next round.
12. Sylvia Yacoub
Egyptian born Sylvia Yacoub learned to sing from her mother, who was denied the opportunity to share her own voice. Having come to the U.S. when she was five, Yacoub now lives in Michigan and is studying political science and philosophy in college.
On The Voice Yacoub auditioned to Rihanna's "Only Girl (In The World)" and had three judges compete to have her on their teams (Green, Shelton and Aguilera). She went with Team Aguilera. Yacoub went up against Joselyn Rivera in the battle round, then, in the knockout round, she beat 24-year-old Aquile to continue on.
Her stripped-down live performance of Katy Perry's "The One That Got Away" (which she sang while accompanying herself on piano) garnered her praise from judges--including Cee Lo Green who called it his "favorite performance of the night."