Americans cast their votes via phone, text, Facebook and iTunes purchases and the results were broadcast loud and clear on NBC’s “The Voice” Wednesday night — Harlan native Jordan Smith sailed through to become one of the Top 12.
Just as America had to wait to see Smith on the live show on Monday night, fans were left waiting throughout the results show on Wednesday night as well — as Team Adam was the last team to perform before their results were announced.
The remaining team members on Team Adam performed ‘Diamonds’ by Johnnyswim before hearing which team members continued on to the next round of competition.
Host Carson Daly announced that America had saved Smith first. Smith was obviously emotional as the announcement was made — tears filled his eyes when he took his place at the side of the stage.
Smith has continuously given credit to his hometown and all of Appalachia, saying the support he has received during the show has been amazing.
This week’s performance was very different than those from the past several weeks — it was the first time this season America had been involved in who moved on to the next round. Next week’s live performance will work the same as this week — with voting methods to determine who moves on are the same.
Smith has posted the details of how the live shows work on his Facebook page, so fans can vote the maximum number of times per method, in order to progress him through the competition.
According to the post, the voting methods are different than seasons past. Fans can vote 10 times using the official Voice App during the show on Monday and Tuesday, can vote 10 times on the NBC website immediately after the show ends, can vote 10 times on “The Voice” official Facebook page immediately after the show ends and can buy his song on iTunes immediately after the show ends. Smith says buying the song on iTunes is the most important method of voting, because if his song is in the top 10 overall charts on iTunes when voting closes, his votes will be multiplied by 10.
The voting window closes at noon EST, 9 a.m. PT. Once the 14-hour period after Smith’s episode ends, fans can no longer vote for him. However, fans can continue to buy the song on iTunes and it will go toward his cumulative votes at the end of the season.
Just prior to the show, Smith was still topping “The Voice” iTunes charts with his most recent performance the show — ‘Halo’ by Beyonce.
Smith is the only contestant to have more than one single on “The Voice” iTunes top 20 charts, with his two prior performances ‘Chandelier’ and ‘Set Fire to the Rain’ coming in at 11 and 14 respectively. His performances are ranked at the No. 3, 75 and 109 spots on the iTunes Top 100 and 200 charts.
His iTunes chart statistics are not the only impressive numbers Smith has on his resume — his YouTube videos from the show have reached a total of 23 million views.
You may follow Smith’s progress on his Facebook page and Twitter. You can now download his performances on iTunes. Watch “The Voice” on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on NBC.
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