The Voice Countdown: The singers most likely to survive the playoffs and make it to the semi-finals are …

The Voice viewers have already gritted their teeth after injuring Season 20 teams of Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson, John Legend and Nick Jonas. Or at least Your friendly neighborhood recapper has; I can’t believe we’re going to the live playoffs on May 10th (NBC, 8 / 7c) without Halley Greg and Ethan Lively.

And WTH happened to Raine Stern? (Oh. Right. The badly chosen John Mayer cover happened to Raine Stern.)

Since the eliminations don’t get faster and angrier until a week after the clip show “The Road to Life” on Monday, let’s take a moment, why not us, and consider which singers are on the way to the semifinals. TVLine’s best guesses last season included two of five finalists and eventual winner Carter Rubin.

Our favorites this time around include a contestant whose memorable smile is the only one more disarming than his voice, a compatriot whose whistles are even more impressive than his instantly iconic hair, a teenager whose most recent accomplishment was one for the ages, and one R&B singer whose singing is so rich that it will only count as a diet fraud if you listen to her.

This season we’ve also ranked our picks in order of likelihood, not just up to the semi-finals but also up to the final. Are you ready to see who finished first on our countdown? All you have to do is click on the photo gallery above (or go here for direct access). Then hit the comments with your own list of the top performers.

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