After last night’s shocking semifinal eliminations, NBC’s “The Voice” has finally revealed the top 4 artists that will compete in next week’s finale to take home the grand prize. With only four finalists left and the winner’s fate in the voting hands of America, it’s time to get to know them on a deeper level.
Host Carson Daly revealed on Tuesday that Barrett Baber, Emily Ann Roberts, Jeffery Austin and Jordan Smith will be advancing to the finale for a shot to win the $100,000 cash prize and a record deal with Universal Music Group. This means that coach Pharrell Williams has lost his chance to win now that all of his contestants have been eliminated. With Adam Levine and Gwen Stefani bringing one artist each to the finale against Blake Shelton’s two, the stakes have never been higher for both the contestants and their coaches as the season draws to a close. To help make sure the public can make an informed voting decision next week, below is everything you need to know about the remaining artists on "The Voice."
Jordan Smith (Team Adam)
Smith came from humble beginnings in Harlan, Kentucky, with musical parents, according to his bio. He studied singing at Lee University and set out on “The Voice” with the goal of both overcoming his self esteem issues and showing people that, as long as you stay true to yourself, you can overcome and have great things happen.
Smith became an instant hit on “The Voice” Season 9 with his stunningly well-performed cover of Sia’s "Chandelier." It went viral the next day, instantly giving him a ton of wind at his sails that’s propelled him to be one of the most popular contestants on the show to date. In fact, this week he received more votes than anyone in the show’s history and even topped Adele in the iTunes charts, according to People.
Emily Ann Roberts (Team Blake)
This Knoxville, Tennessee, country star was inspired at an early age by singers like Dolly Parton and she managed to bring that to Blake Shelton’s team following her blind audition performance of “I Hope You Dance” by Lee Ann Womack. According to her bio on “The Voice” website, she started playing music with her grandmother at a young age, but didn’t start taking it seriously until her musical mentor was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Since then, she’s been performing every chance she gets with the hope of bringing the feel and emotion of classic country to an audience that’s largely forgotten it.
Barrett Baber (Team Blake)
Sadly, Baber’s road to fame isn’t necessarily a happy one. According to his bio, his family moved him to South Africa at a very young age before bringing him back to the states several years later. He felt that the only way he could connect to people his age was through music, which propelled him to a college scholarship. However, tragedy struck when he was 19-years-old and the plane that was carrying his choir crashed, killing 11 people. He survived the incident and put all of his focus on music, the performing arts and becoming a father of two. Before taking his shot at fame on “The Voice” stage with his blind audition of The Jeff Healey Band’s “Angel Eyes,” he was a high school music teacher from Fayetteville, Arizona.
Jeffery Austin (Team Gwen)
Hailing from Chicago, Austin always had music in his heart, even if it took a back seat to other major life events at times. He began studying music in high school and, according to his bio, auditioned for every single musical that his class performed. His father died when he was just 9 years old, so finding the courage to come out as a gay man to the rest of his family at 16 years old took courage. He demonstrated his bravery again when he took time away from his public relations firm in New York to chase his dream of stardom on “The Voice” stage. Since his blind audition of “Lay Me Down” by Sam Smith, he’s been a top contender to win it all in Season 9. However, his path reached a low point during the semifinal eliminations when he had to battle for America’s live save for the first time ever.
Fortunately, he beat the other two artists and will get the chance to compete once again in next week’s finale. Fans can tune in to NBC live on Monday, Dec. 14 at 8 p.m. EST to see who performs the best in the final round of 2015.