Television December 17, 2013
'The Voice' Finale Recap: Adam Levine Declares Tessanne Chin the Winner
Tessanne Chin is the “The Voice” Season 5 winner… according to coach Adam Levine. Of course, it's up to America – not Adam – to decide who takes the crown Tuesday night in the heated competition between the top three, Tessanne, Will Champlin and Jacquie Lee.
Monday night saw contestants bringing back their audition songs, teaming with their coaches and singing fresh covers. At this point in the competition, Blake Shelton and CeeLo Green no longer have singers in the competition.
Tessanne kicked off the show with her audition song, Pink's “Try.” After the show she told “Extra,” “'Try' is my message. It is my story. This was me getting up and trying again and it reminded me tonight, 'Wow, you went from trying to doing it, and you are here.'”
She went on to team up with Adam for “Let It Be,” but it was her final performance of Whitney Houston's “I Have Nothing” that sealed the deal for Levine.
“I don't have thoughts right now, I have emotions right now,” he said, adding, “I'm so blown away by what you do, I know in my heart you are the winner of this show.”
Chin confessed that Adam declaring her the winner makes her “skittish.”
“We all want to win, but for him to say that means the world to me because it means he's proud of me no matter what.”
Of course, the Maroon 5 singer has another horse in the race… Champlin! Will offered up a dynamic performance of his audition song, Gavin DeGraw's “Not Over You,” before singing Elton John's “Tiny Dancer” with Adam and later Bryan Adams' “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You.”
What did Adam have to say about Will? “Regardless of the outcome, I really couldn't care less about it because this is a huge massive victory especially because of all the crap you had to deal with on the show… You've won, you're here.”
Will told us backstage, “It had to be energy or emotion [for his final song] and so we picked emotion… 'Everything I Do' is one of the most iconic rock ballads of our time,” noting that he struck a new chord with the song by “singing with the heart not the head.”
With complete effortlessness Jacquie revisited her audition song, Amy Winehouse's “Back to Black.” Later, she took the stage with coach Christina for “We Remain,” Xtina's tune from the “Hunger Games: Catching Fire” soundtrack.
Christina had never performed “We Remain” live before, and Lee was honored to be a part of it. She called singing with Xtina “amazing,” adding, “winning for Christina would mean the world to me because she has been the perfect coach.”
The mini powerhouse closed out the night with Jennifer Hudson's "And I'm Telling You I'm Not Going"
Aguilera exclaimed, “The amount of power you have in that little body is unbelievable… you have what it takes. You proved it to yourself. You proved it to the world.”
Watch NBC on Tuesday to watch “The Voice” crown a the new winner!