Lindsey Pavao is a singer who has made it to the Top 8 on Christina Aguilera’s team on the 2nd season of The Voice. Her fellow remaining teammate is Chris Mann. All things considered, I predict that Lindsey is the favorite on her team and will advance to the Top 4 finale.
This is a pretty tough pick to make because Lindsey is trending downward at this point. Up to the Top 16, she was the biggest selling contestant on iTunes. Then, loads of people passed her up in the Top 16, and Chris Mann advanced to the Top 8 by getting more public votes than Lindsey. She made it because Chrisitina picked her over Ashley De La Rosa in the Top 16 sing-off.
I am going to predict that Lindsey gets the best possible song choice and that Chris is saddled with another middling to bad song choice that will not display his full potential. It is pretty obvious that Chris’s getting the top vote was a surprise after the nonsensical instant elimination of Jesse Campbell in the Top 16. Chris does not appear to have what it takes at this point to sell the most iTunes downloads, but he does seem to fit the demographic of these shows pretty well. So this is still a hard pick to make, especially before seeing the actual performances.
Because Lindsey has shown more potential to be a big seller, do not be surprised if Aguilera gives her more than 50 points. For example, if Lindsey gets 60 points from her and Chris gets 40, then Lindsey only needs 41 percent of the public vote to win over Chris in the Top 8. Do not expect Chris to get more than 50 points from Christina unless Lindsey has a disastrous performance (unlikely since she doesn’t exactly take chances).
Lindsey is playing the guitar for the first time this season. She is singing Birdy’s “Skinny Love.” As always, she is one of the more unique contestants. And she doesn’t have much power going on, but it’s not really necessary on this song. Overall, Lindsey showed what she needed to show. Is it a better vocal than Chris Mann’s? Not to me, but it is obviously more unique. How much credit that uniqueness deserves over a great Chris Mann vocal is purely subjective.