“The Voice'”s Jake Worthington, Josh Kaufman Grab iTunes Bonuses

Update 2: Voting is officially over, and “The Voice” semifinalists Jake Worthington, Josh Kaufman and Kristen Merlin have all secured iTunes vote bonuses.

The positions at 12PM ET were as follows:

3. Jake Worthington – Heaven
4. Josh Kaufman – All of Me
6. Kristen Merlin – Foolish Games
12. Josh Kaufman – Love Runs Out
14. Jake Worthington – Good Ol Boys
19. Christina Grimmie – Hide and Seek
28. Christina Grimmie – Some Nights
33. Kat Perkins – Let It Go
48. Kristen Merlin – Gunpowder & Lead
57. Kat Perkins – Chandelier

Update: A third contestant has positioned herself to win an iTunes bonus.

Kristen Merlin, that contestant, entered the top ten with “Foolish Games.” Currently #9, the song joins Jake Worthington’s “Heaven” (#4) and Josh Kaufman’s “All of Me” (#7) in the group set to receive a 5x multiplier on its iTunes “vote.”

No song by Christina Grimmie and Kat Perkins will reach the top ten this week.

It took roughly three hours for two “The Voice” semifinalists to enter the top ten on iTunes Overall Single Sales chart.

And one achieved the feat for the first time this season.

Jake Worthington, that contestant, debuts in the iTunes Top 10 courtesy his emotional cover of Bryan Adams’ “Heaven.” Already #9, the recording is a virtual lock to remain in the Top 10 when the voting closes at 12PM ET. As long as it does, it will be subject to a 5x vote multiplier.

The second contestant poised to receive an iTunes bonus has become a regular in the upper reaches of the iTunes chart. For the third time in four finals opportunities this season, Josh Kaufman has advanced into the iTunes Top 10.

His latest entry is “All of Me,” which reached #10 at about 1AM ET. As long as it holds in the top ten, and it almost surely will, it, too, will be subject to the iTunes multiplier.

Other recordings are also working their way towards such a bonus. The closest thus far is Kristen Merlin’s “Foolish Games,” which is currently positioned at #14 on the chart. Jake Worthington’s other number “Good Ol’ Boys” and Josh Kaufman’s second pick “Love Runs Out” follow at #21 and #22.

A bonus recipient in each of the past two weeks, Christina Grimmie first checks in this week at #35 with “Hide and Seek.” Grimmie’s tunes tend to make late runs, however, so she will likely pull far closer to the top ten in the coming hours.

“Some Nights,” her other performance, follows at #50.

Kat Perkins’ “Let it Go” claims #54, while Kristen Merlin’s other song choice “Gunpowder and Lead” is #73. “Chandelier,” another Perkins pick, is positioned lowest at #91.

Written by Brian Cantor

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