Update: Jake Worthington finished as the runner-up on The Voice. Not quite the $100,000 winner, but still quite the rebound from where he'd been.
Talk about a helluva comeback. After not making it past his first blind audition last year, Jake Worthington returned and soared to the Top 3 of The Voice this season. The La Porte native's audition wasn’t close to enough for the judges a year ago, but after respectfully asking what he could improve and doing just that, he has stolen the hearts of audiences across America.
At just 18 years old, this country music star in the making turned three chairs with his deep, wholesome voice and endearing southern twang. And now he's on the verge of possibly winning it all.
All three of the songs Worthington performed Monday night are already in the Top 10 charts of iTunes.
Whether you haven't tuned in yet or are a reality TV addict, there's a lot to catch up on and relive. Worthington's run is full of highlights and memorable moments. Let's take another look at the hometown hero's journey with the grand finale looming Tuesday night.
The Blind Auditions
Worthington's journey began with a sweet, sweet rendition of Keith Whitley's “Don’t Close Your Eyes" and some light-hearted banter between Adam Levine and Blake Shelton, with Shelton finally landing La Porte's man on his team.
Round 1: Up against Lexi Luca, Worthington gains the unanimous favor of the judges to move onto the next battle with "It Goes Like This".
Round 2: Worthington goes up against a fellow member of Team Blake Tess Boyer in this execution of “Have a Little Faith in Me." Try to imagine putting your game face on against such a southern sweetheart.
Worthington is sent to the next round without no hesitation from the judges after nailing Jake Owen's “Anywhere With You”.
The Live Shows
Week after week, the public vote never doubts Worthington's raw talent as he sings “Anymore” by Travis Tritt, “Run” by George Strait, “Hillbilly Deluxe” Brooks and Dunn, “Good Ol’ Boys” by Waylon Jennings and "Heaven" by Bryan Adams, which reached the iTunes Top Ten chart.
Worthington's reprise of his original audition “Don’t Close Your Eyes” somehow got even better. He also got the chance to sing a duet with coach Blake Shelton, really heating up “A Country Boy Can Survive.”
For his last song before the finale, Worthington gave his all in “Right Here Waiting” by Richard Marx.
What's wild is that all three of the songs Worthington performed on Monday night are already in the Top 10 charts of iTunes. You’re convinced he just has to be the winner now, right? Well check out the other finalists — Christina Grimmie and Josh Kaufman — before forecasting an easy victory.