In the end, The Voice achieved what it set out to do at the beginning of the season. It found the best singer.
On last night’s season finale, Team Adam’s Tessanne Chin was crowned as the winner after a nail-biting performance finale that was simply too close to call. While many fans and insiders alike predicted that the show would come down to a showdown between Tessanne and Team Christina’s Jacquie Lee, opinions were split about which one would win.
I believed that Jacquie Lee had a significant advantage heading into the results episode, as she had a younger fan base and also was given the advantage of performing last on Monday night.
On Tuesday morning, things had changed dramatically, as a couple of Tessanne’s song selections from Monday had charted on iTunes, giving her voting totals a significant push.
On the finale itself, Tessanne joined her fellow contestants for a group performance and then remarkably joined Celine Dion (yes, Celine Dion!) for a duet. The duet itself was the first indication that Tessanne was being given the rub as the season’s victor and what was especially interesting to note was the fact that it almost seemed like Dion (who later performed again on the show with Ne-Yo) was allowing Tessanne to take the lead.
For her “Bring Back” group performance, Tessanne invited fellow Team Adam members, Preston Pohl, James Wolpert, Grey, along with Olivia Henken from Team Christina to join her in a cover of “Hold On, I’m Coming.”
Finally, the moment had arrived. After her fellow team member, Will Champlin was eliminated, The Voice winner would either be Tessanne or Jacquie.
In the end, the combination of Tessanne’s strong singing from her blind audition to the battle rounds, to the knockout rounds and finally to the live shows simply could not be topped as Carson Daly declared her as the winner of the show’s fifth season.
I had the chance to catch up with Tessanne on the red carpet, immediately after she won. I asked the prerequisite question about how she was feeling and I also asked her if Usain Bolt would be jealous that another Jamaican name will be dominating the headlines in the country. I asked her about her initial decision to go with Adam Levine as her mentor since their styles don’t really mesh at first glance and that he traditionally has very strong teams resulting in a much tougher path to the finale. She told me what the best part of winning was and then our roles got reversed as she interviewed me.
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