The Voice 5 – Winner – Finale Results – 12/17/2013 – Video
It’s finally time to declare The Voice Season 5 Winner! Welcome to the recap, live blog and finale results for December 17, 2013! Who will be declared The Voice?
Rickey.org readers’ predictions for elimination:
Rickey.org readers have yet to get the results wrong this season, so what are they predicting?
It’s looking like good news for Tessanne Chin. Our readers predict the Jamaican singer will be declared the winner of The Voice, as Tessanne leads the poll with a staggering 57.2%. Her victory would make this the first win for Team Adam since Javier Colon brought home the title in Season One. Next in the poll with 26.2% of the vote is Jacquie Lee, predicted to be the runner-up over Will Champlin, who earned 16.6% of the vote to earn him third place. It’s not too late to add your predictions, so head on over and vote!
Let’s get on with the recap and results!
-We kick things off with Carson Daly hyping this as the biggest finale they’ve ever had, but before we can get to all the big acts tonight, we have to recap last night’s show…
Performance Recap: We see the performances and add in backstage footage, as Adam talks about what his teammates mean to him and how much he respects them. We also see some sweet moments, such as Adam telling “Tessie” he loves her after their duet performance on last night’s show. Christina gushes over Jacquie Lee, naturally, and I kind of feel as if Will is already being treated as kind of an afterthought.
-And then we get right into the music…
The Voice Top 20 sing “Tonight Is the Night”: The one thing that I love about The Voice above every other singing competition on TV is that, at the finale, they bring back EVERYBODY. Seriously, everyone who made the live shows is here. Preston Pohl, Stephanie Anne Johnson, Shelby Z, they’re all here. And I LOVE IT. I don’t think there was anything about this I didn’t enjoy. Hell, I even got a kick out of Nic Hawk.
-We return from break with Carson interviewing the judges, starting with Adam, who looks like intercourse in a black suit. He’s hopeful about tonight and proud of his artists. We then cut to CeeLo, who’s blinding me with his bedazzled shirt and bowtie, and he just seems so stoked to even be talking at all, especially after last night. Christina, who has a fondness for the wild bedhead look that I will just never understand, talks about how great it is to have been reunited onstage with the coaches last night (and keeps up her habit of singing her answers/critiques with “And it feels so good”). Blake then talks about getting gifts for the other three coaches in preparation how crazy tonight is going to get. However, he doesn’t actually say what those gifts are. “It’s Christina Aguilera. What can you get her?” Blake muses, theorizing he can only get her “a whole bunch of crap.” Amusing, I suppose.
Jacquie Lee sings “Bohemian Rhapsody” with Caroline Pennell, Matthew Schuler, James Wolpert, Cole Vosbury: The “Bring Back” performance is another of those awesome things I just adore about The Voice, as the finalists get to bring back artists they want to sing with, no matter what team they were on. Jacquie gushes in her VT about Matthew’s voice while adding she occasionally wishes she had a voice more like Caroline’s. She also details her admiration for James and Cole, and it’s all incredibly sweet.
And this performance is much better than it probably has any right to be, given the song choice. Cole delivers a particularly badass guitar solo along with some killer falsetto, and Caroline gets to rock out with the mic stand. THERE ARE NO WORDS.
-After the performance, we throw to commercial on footage of Tessanne being told she’s going to perform with a legend, and she just completely breaks down. Through her tears, she talks about how much the legend means to her and how much she looks up to her, although we aren’t told which legend that person is. I’m guessing Celine Dion. But either way, this was such a wonderfully real moment.
Special Profile of Adam “Sexiest Man Alive” Levine: We get another video profiling Adam’s sexiness in the wake of being named PEOPLE’s Sexiest Man Alive, and it’s all set to Right Said Fred’s “I’m Too Sexy”. It’s a cute video, but I’m kind of over the show continually harping on the Sexiest Man Alive thing. Adam’s good-looking, sure. Now move on, guys.
-And it’s time for our next musical performance, as Tessanne Chin will perform with FIVE-TIME GRAMMY WINNER (seriously, only five?) Celine Dion!
Tessanne Chin sings “Love Can Move Mountains” with Celine Dion: It’s one thing for Celine’s voice to never age a day, but it’s INSANE how little she’s changed physically in twenty years. I don’t know what her regiment is, but at this point, she pretty much exists outside the processes of time. Kind of like John Stamos.
This is a vocal pairing made in Heaven, as Tessanne more than holds her own with Celine, who’s all too happy to rock out and do some crazy vocal flourishes. A damn good performance. And I like that they were given an upbeat song, since the usual M.O. for pairing a contestant and a legend is to give them some huge ballad to sing at each other like it’s the Battle Rounds.
Twitter Filler: We get tweets from fans impersonating the coaches, and some of them are really good, actually. The CeeLo dude is borderline uncanny. Suze Orman even drops in on the festivities with her awkward Christina Aguilera impression, which is hardly an impression at all (she fans herself with money).
-And we keep the music going! Carson references the winner’s single Ryan Tedder has written and says we’ll be hearing it later (good, so it wasn’t axed after all). But first, it’s time for Tedder’s band to perform their new single…
OneRepublic sings “I Lived”: I don’t love the song, but it sounds like the kind of track that’ll grow on me with repeat listens, particularly if it winds up on the radio and ends up being a hit. It’s not a bad song at all, but I think Tedder is going a bit too hard with the vocals, and it’s hurting the performance. I still think OneRepublic is a pretty underrated band though. I still listen to the “Waking Up” album fairly regularly.
Profile of CeeLo Green’s Wacky Wordplay: Kind of a random video, but it’s funny once it becomes a “poetry book” of CeeLo’s best lines, with relevant chapters such as “Big Words” and “Life Lessons”. However, my big takeaway from this video is just how insanely good-looking Christina has been this season. Whoever has been dressing her deserves some kind of award. Just achingly lovely. And while we’re talking about fashion, I kind of love CeeLo’s Undertaker hat.
Ray Boudreaux, Preston Pohl, Matt Schuler, Nic Hawk, and Josh Logan sing “Treasure”: I enjoyed this far more than I probably should have, but something about “Treasure” just gets me every time. Such a great throwback song. And these guys make a pretty good group. I felt like I was watching The Sing-Off for a minute with how well they were working the stage, crowd, and vocals together at various points. So…group name suggestions?
Will Champlin sings “Wagon Wheel” with Jonny Gray, Caroline Pennell, Austin Jenckes, and Cole Vosbury: Poor Josh, Kat and Ray. I feel like they’ll be picked last for kickball. But it makes sense why Will picked these four, as they fit this song and performance beautifully. They really could be a band and totally find success together. Hell, they’re already playing instruments as it is (with Caroline rocking that hardcore tambourine action). I just thought they gelled together so perfectly. Such a great performance.
-And now Carson is in the Sprint Skybox with the parents of the finalists. Jacquie’s mom says she’s so thankful for the long journey they’ve had together, and is so happy to have these moments and memories. Tessanne’s mother says she’s proud of her, and the nation of Jamaica is as well. Will’s father says that they’ve all been proud of Will for years, but now they have more company. (Oh that’s just PRECIOUS)
Profile of Christina Aguilera’s Random Singing: She really DOES sing a lot during rehearsals and critiques. Not that I blame her. Hell, if I had a voice like that, my life would be an opera for how I’d sing every line. We also get some silly line flubs from Christina that shows how quirky she occasionally can be (in an endearing way). I’m going to miss her come Season 6. Seriously, it hurts my SOUL how lovely Christina is. And how much Ed Sheeran looks like Rupert Grint.
Jacquie Lee and Paramore sing “Ain’t It Fun”: I love me some Hayley Williams, and she and Jacquie fit together wonderfully. In fact, Jacquie is such a natural performing this kind of music that I’d argue this should be the avenue she takes, post-show. This was really great, and I’m not sure I was even expecting it to be. But I was really impressed. Oh, and their dancing is adorable. Seriously.
Kat Robichaud, Stephanie Anne Johnson, Gray, Shelbie Z, Amber Nicole, and Timyra-Joi sing “My Life Would Suck Without You”: Not as good as the boys’ performance, but then, they were fewer of them, which made for a less cumbersome performance, as all six of these girls had to divide time fairly evenly. But it was still a pretty good performance, all-in-all. Really, I was just glad to see Kat again.
-Carson then throws to a video package of the finalists taking a trolley tour of Universal Studios, including a stop at WHOVILLE?! Oh come on! I wanna go! The Grinch is there and everything! I mean, yeah, it’s the creepy Jim Carey version, but I’ve seen creepier while waiting for the bus. At the end of the tour, Carson gifts the finalists with brand new Kias. Will calls dibs on the Sorento SUV because he has a little girl, while Jacquie takes the Optima, and Tessanne chooses the Four-Wheel Drive. You’ve never seen someone so happy to win a car as Tessanne Chin, although Jacquie is a close second.
The Voice Confessional: It’s the final confessional of the season, and the artists talk about what it would mean to win The Voice, and who they’re competing for. We also hear from the coaches, who speak poignantly about their acts. It’s a lot of the same stuff we’ve been hearing all night, but it’s still touching how much Adam and Christina have come to care about their artists, and it’s equally moving to see just how badly each of the finalists want this.
Celine Dion and Ne-Yo sing “Incredible”: Seriously, does Celine Dion just not have to answer to time? She looks AMAZING and sounds more or less the same now as she did fifteen years ago. It’s insane. I’m not crazy about the song, but both Celine and Ne-Yo deliver on the vocal end of it. In a big way. So no complaints from me. I think I’m generally too grumpy anyhow, so might as well find the positivity, even in the things I’m not necessarily loving at the moment. (Let’s see how long the optimism lasts! Currently taking bets)
-Back from break and Carson talks with Ryan Tedder about the winner’s single he co-wrote, and he explains that he didn’t necessarily want to write a big victory, “I climbed the mountaintop” song. He wanted to write “a real song” that the winner could release as a legit single. He also reveals that he’ll be working with the winner after the show, starting in January. And now, back to music!
Will Champlin and Aloe Blacc sing “Wake Me Up”: I love this song, but it’s bordering on oversaturation at this point. Of course, that has no bearing on this performance, as both men sing the hell out of it. But as good as Aloe Blacc is, I actually found myself wishing Will had this song to himself. He hasn’t had a whole lot of opportunities to do more folksy arrangements in the competition like this, and I really enjoyed the nuance he got to display in his voice. It’s always been there, but it came out more prominently here. Loved it.
-We return from break with Carson thanking the hundreds of crew members for their work. And then we head on to the next performance…
Tessanne sings “Hold On, I’m Coming” with James Wolpert, Preston Pohl, Grey, and Olivia Henken: EVERYBODY LOVES JAMES! And it’s easy to see why, particularly when Tessanne’s VT includes a quick clip of “A Case of You,” which is my pick for performance of the season. “Hallelujah” was good, and “Bridge Over Troubled Water” was great. But I just felt like James set a standard that was never matched for the rest of the season, not even by himself. But enough about that. This performance was really fun, as James awkward, nerd-swag moves are incredibly endearing. I even found myself enjoying Preston’s weird “hey baby” catcalls. I also feel I would be remiss if I didn’t mention just how up-to-the-task Olivia and Grey are when it comes to matching Tessanne’s vocal power. I solid group performance, although I admit I enjoyed the others better.
Carson: “I can’t wait to hang with Preston at the wrap party.” I don’t think Preston is waiting for the wrap party.
Profile of Blake Shelton: And we close out the coach profiles with Blake’s silliness, primarily his awful, nonexistent dancing skills. We see Nic Hawk teaching him “The Naked Chicken,” Blake rocking the moonwalk, and then doing some line dance moves in front of a mirror in a little skit that is basically a Blake body-double reenacting the choreography from Footloose. Absurd. And tremendous.
-And now it’s time for our last musical performance before we learn our winner…
Lady Gaga sings “Do What U Want”: By Gaga standards, this was fairly subdued from a theatrical perspective, but it’s a great, great vocal. She looks ridiculous in the gold dress with the ridiculous shoulder pads, but she more than makes up for it with how solid she sounds.
AND HERE’S CHRISTINA to join in on the duet! And this basically becomes a Battle Round, as they use their voices like axes against each other. It gets a bit over-the-top towards the end, but it kind of reminds me of two best friends singing their asses off during karaoke at a bachelorette party. They even finish it off by drinking champagne and smashing the glasses. Good times.
-After the performance, Gaga talks about how excited she was to get the call to perform on The Voice, and said she’d do it if Christina would do it with her. This is apparently the first time they’ve met, and Christina is thrilled, talking about how much she respects Gaga’s artistry as well as her genuine personality. I now both want and expect a duet to come out soon with these two.
-And now it’s time for…
-Carson asks the finalists what they want to say to their coaches. Jacquie fights back tears talking about how much she loves Christina beyond this show. She’s grateful for everything Xtina has taught her. Will reflects on the wild ride he and Adam have been on. Lastly, Tessanne thanks Adam for all that he’s done for her, saying she couldn’t have found a better coach.
-And now we reveal the finalist in third place…
WILL CHAMPLIN finishes in third place!
-He seemed to expect it, as did the crowd. Still, a hell of a run for Will. He gets a standing ovation from Adam. And now, the final result…
JACQUIE LEE finishes in second place!
TESSANNE CHIN is the winner of The Voice 5!
-This reaction belongs in the pantheon of great winner reactions, right up there with Fantasia Barrino breaking her shoe. She completely breaks down and hugs Adam, and then her family, before kissing her husband, and the entire time she just has this huge “O” reaction on her face, mouth agape as if she really didn’t think she had a shot at winning. Such a wonderful response. And we now hear the winner’s single for the first time!
The Voice winner Tessanne Chin sings the winner’s single, “Tumbling Down”: It’s a decent song, although I wouldn’t have thrown that shade on Idol winner’s singles if I were Ryan Tedder, since I don’t see this as being any appreciably different from the standard “climbed the mountaintop” winning moment songs. Sure, it’s about relationships, but it still feels like a coronation song. Not a bad thing though, as it’s a pretty good fit for Tessanne, who sings the hell out of it through her tears, and even throws in some body rolls (which amuse Adam). The confetti rains down, and it seems to really be sinking in: Tessanne Chin has won The Voice! She celebrates as her mother sheds tears, and it’s just such a beautiful winning moment.
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-And that’s a wrap on The Voice 5! Tessanne Chin wins The Voice! And Adam Levine wins his second Voice title! Also, we now have more female winners than male (although I’m not sure that’s a statistic anyone really gives a damn about at this point)! So what do you think of this result? Did the right act win? Sound off in the comments!
-That’s it for me! Thank you to EVERYONE for hanging out tonight! I’ve had an absolute blast tonight, and an even bigger blast getting to cover this season of The Voice when my schedule allowed for it. It’s been a total pleasure interacting in the comments and reading your thoughts.
Check back for videos of the night’s big moments and performances, and be sure to stop by tomorrow as I’ll be live-blogging The X Factor USA Top 3 finale, and then following it up on Thursday night as we declare a winner!
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I will confess; I did not watch this show live. I've been following the YouTube clips after the show (the most critical parts), because I was too chicken to watch live. I'm a jinx magnet (yes, it does sound delusional to believe in superstition); because usually when I watch shows like this, bad things happen; and I knew what Tessanne was capable of, and I wanted to leave the show alone and let her do her thing.
I have seen all 6 contenders who swung all 4 chairs around. I consider that a benchmark for every test going forward. Tess was the second-fastest of the entire audition (20.8 seconds). She was the 2nd-fastest to spin 3 of them (10.3). The only one ahead of her was Matthew Schuler (9.3, 8.8), because he delivered the money shot at the very beginning (acappella).
Dirty shame, though, that he ran out of gas. You have to find a way to make the very best of what you're given. He didn't, and that is why he fell by the wayside. Otherwise, the championship would have been one for the ages.
Need another reason why Tess deserved to win? She swung her first chair around in 8.9 seconds! It took 1:01 for Will to swing his first chair (he turned 3), and Jacquie 1:21 (she got 2). She had a huge advantage on them right from the very start! The only ones who could have given her problems (Matthew, above all), had problems of their own that exposed their weaknesses, and they all fell.
Unanimous approval from all 4 coaches, superiority in delivery when challenged by another contender. making the best of every song given to her, stamina (I've seen many an 'American Idol' contender clearly run out of gas down the stretch), and coming through when it all matters, especially in the clutch. She out all 5 parts together, and that's why she won. There was once a site, called 'Reality News Online' (and its satellite site, 'Foxes on Idol'), where someone named David Bloomberg (who used to run the site) examined why an 'Idol' contender won or lost. I'd bet good horse money he'd agree with me as to why Tess won and why she deserved to win.
guys, hear Will's originals and Tessanne's.. now make the decision for yourself on who will be a better artist ;)
Sorry, but Tessanne did NOT deserve to win - she was not consistently strong in her performances. The duet with Adam on the Beatles' "Let it Be" was weak, and if all her performances had been taken into consideration by "America" she would not have won. Jacquie likewise was not consistently strong throughout the competition, and it seems that she was at her best when she was doing the harder, up-tempo stuff which only takes a minimal amount of talent. Will was consistently strong during the whole competition, despite muffing a few words on one tune. He is an all-around performer, not just a singer - and this should've been taken into consideration even though the show is the VOICE. Will got robbed, plain and simple. Tessanne needs to go back to Jamacia and stay home; she is already a star there. No doubt Will, will land a contract with some label, as will most of the final 20. I'll be looking for albums from Will, Ray, Cole, Austen, Preston, James, Nick, Jonny, and Matthew. Maybe a few others.
@diegodelotero eres de Leon
Everyone DOES love James :)
And I agree with Nick, A Case of You was the best performance on The Voice this season.
Thanks Rickey for all you do..... Now, in about an hour I'll be watching the show when it airs here, however, ALWAYS love & rely on your recap...:) Kudos' to Tessanne who is well deserving with that incrediable voice....... Great bottom three, very talented contestants & enjoyed this season immensely!!!! :)
One final note: Rickey.org readers had a 100% accuracy in predicting the results this season. You guys are so good!
Wow those tweets from Will's wife are entertaining. Just got done reading some of them. Everyone knew Will was treated like the red headed step child on the show anyway. It doesn't matter Mrs. Champlin that he didn't get his dream duet. He did GREAT regardless. Plus Will did awesome on his other performances. I know it's not fair. But life isn't fair. Will has come so far from being the underdog to the top 3. He is a Champ to us his fans. I'm sure doors will be open for him now. Now I'm thinking Will could of done really well on Blake's team. lols His whole "Champford and Son" duet was grrrrreat!!!! lols
Congrats again to Tess! Congrats to Jacquie! and Congrats to Will ! Thank you Nick for your entertaining recaps!
@rickeyThanks for the updates! See ya next Voice time!
@MichaelEdiger Wrong on 4 points: One: If the people didn't think so highly of her duet with "Let It Be", that duet would not have sold its way to as high as #2 on the iTunes tracking chart, one spot behind her rendition of Whitney's "I Have Nothing". Two: When the deadline for championship voting came, EVERY SONG Tess sang on the show was still in the top 200 of that chart, and 4 of them were in the top 20. Three: Will lost the battle round, was stolen by Christina, lost the knockout round and had to be stolen back by Adam to survive; in other words, he incurred scars even before the live rounds came, and it was only because a couple of stronger contenders ran out of gas that he survived; yet Tessanne beat her battle opponent easily and knocked off a girl who also turned all 4 chairs in the audition, and proved every week that she belonged in the championship, let alone on top. Four: Although I have to watch all the 4-chair-turners again to see who got the fastest unanimous approval, it took 9 seconds for Christina to hit that button after Tess started singing, and another 1.5 seconds for Cee-Lo and Adam to follow, and another 10.5 seconds for Blake to make it unanimous; 21 seconds in all, which is fantastic; not to mention that she was the ONLY 4-chair-turner left in the competition (Will turned 3 chairs and Jacquie only 2).
I don't know if I said it before on this board, but I'll say it again: Simon once said to Tamyra that you are as good as your last song. Tess came to the live rounds 4th on the betting line, with the bookies thinking that 3 others might outlast her. Unfortunately, Matthew and James ran out of gas, while Tess sailed to crunch time error-free; and only then was it time for both she and Adam to turn up the heat, sending one song to #1 at iTunes at the most critical time; the week before the championship.
If the observations are true, Jacquie oversang at least once throughout the rounds, probably in an effort to keep up with Tess. Unlike in the spring (where he lost 2 of his contenders in one night on a bad hand, with some dubious song choices for them), Adam played his cards, and both he and Tess had Christina's number and Xtina knew it. That's why she gave Jacquie the hail-Mary song (Jennifer Holliday's 'Dreamgirls' song), and it didn't exactly work out.
Though Will tried to make a charge at the end, Tess had already passed him, by far, as being the first contender this cycle to hit #1 at iTunes. His scars at the beginning, being bounced from one coach to another and back again, made the decision easier for Adam, as far as who was the stronger contender in his camp; and clearly it was Tess. If I didn't know any better, I think he did his research at YouTube, and found out he had a contender who had as much musical variety and versatility as he did. Probably why she chose him, because she also likes rock, plays guitar, and writes or co-writes songs, for herself and her sister Tami. In other words, she is more of an all-around performer than even Will! QED.
Your shallowness, if not abject bitterness, is quite revealing. "Go back to Jamaica and stay there"? You're right, though, that she is already a star there; but she wants a bigger international following, and not just on Twitter. What bigger platform than the biggest talent competition in all of the Americas, the only one available to her because the Caribbean has no competition like it? Or are you bitter because this country validated her worthiness of the title? Or are you bitter because together, both she and Adam taught everyone how to win this thing? Or are you bitter because of the gratitude Jamaica is showing, not only to Adam, but for this country for having once again recognized the talent pouring out of that little island?
Or are you bitter because you think the floodgates are now open for every international competitor to come to the U.S. to compete? She is not even the first non-American to win a talent competition like this in this country. We've had one or two on the old 'Star Search' (with Ed McMahon hosting); and I don't suppose you watched last summer's 'America's Got Talent', did you? Did you know that we've had international contenders on 'American Idol', particularly in the 7th season (one Irish, one Aussie)?
No, I suppose not. Did you know that Tess wasn't even the most accomplished contender in this cycle of 'The Voice'? Her resume doesn't even come close to what E.G. Daily has on hers, going as far back as 1978!
@JavisAnthonyPerez I did not watch this season live (I am ridiculously superstitious), but with regard to Preston Pohl, I watched his audition at YouTube, and I would have to agree with you. I hope the raspiness in his voice wasn't his undoing, because it hardly ever stopped singers from becoming stars before. Word has it that a bad song choice (either one given to him or one he chose; namely, B.o.B.'s "Nothin' On You" with Bruno Mars) did him in.
Someone at another board mentioned that he should have chosen Cee-Lo instead of Adam. I agree. For one, the song he chose for his audition made him a good fit with Cee-Lo. For another, the sooner Wolpert and Tessanne joined Adam, his team became the Group of Death. Apparently, those who couldn't keep up with Tess and James were quickly dispatched. Who knows? He might have easily made it to December with Cee-Lo, given how fast Cee-Lo went broke.
@RickeyI often picked who I thought would go home, even though they were possibly my favorite. Do you have the numbers on the discrepancy between the two polls?
@Rickey finally I can say I am part of sth that was actually successful!
@ArchieSue Thank YOU for reading and commenting! :)
@greglw3 just the number of hits/visitors
@greglw3 Tumbling Down
@ArchieSue Way to be a good sport! :)
@tonytank7777 Whatever! Maybe the Mega Million lottery is rigged too... SMH! Give it up!
@tonytank7777VOTING WAS RIGGED, ITUNES WAS RIGGED, TV WAS RIGGED, WIKIPEDIA WAS RIGGED, AMERICA WAS RIGGED, EVERYTHING IS RIGGED!
MY LIFE, OMG, RIGGED
@tonytank7777 bullcrap tony!
@cookymonzta @MichaelEdiger One thing that proves to me you are lacking in musical knowledge and taste, is your idea that Tessanne "is more of an all-around performer than even Will!" Have you forgotten that during the course of the competition, Will played piano, guitar, bass, and banjo - and that he also writes? Of course you don't know these things because you are so focused on Tessanne! Will performed a variety of musical genres as well. And he did each one of them equally well. No, your opinion is quite un-informed. Any true musician would laugh in your face at such a remark. Will is the real deal. Tessanne should've stuck with being what she is - a background vocalist. Anyone can learn to play a few chords on a guitar - and I never saw Tessanne play, either during the competition or in any of the little snippets they ran on the artists.
Sounds like you need to get a life - who in the hell times the seconds it takes to turn a chair??? You've nothing better to do with your time?? Must be nice. Some of us have to WORK at a real JOB and don't have the time to waste on such trivial matters as "how many seconds did it take Christina to turn her chair for Tessanne???"
Get a life, kid.
@cookymonzta @MichaelEdiger No need in your quite nasty reply. I merely stated my opinion- my very well-informed opinion. I watched the entire season of the Voice, so have a very good idea of how every one performed throughout the competition. Furthermore, I am a vocalist myself, and have performed for well over 40 years. I know what I like, I know what's good and what's not. No, I'm not bitter at all - again, just stating my opinion. Usually I don't waste my time on the "talent" contests on TV, as most of the contestants lack any talent. This season of the Voice had great talent, I will admit - and as a musician/singer/songwriter, I know what I like and I know what is good versus what is mediocre. I doubt you have any education or much knowledge of music at all, from the remarks you made.
By the way - are you Jamacian?????
And did you happen to see Tessanne on Kelly & Michael shortly after she won? What a smart-ass attitude she had.
I don't begrudge anyone bettering themselves - be they American or not. But at least let's be honest and admit that Tessanne was not the best of the bunch.
@Rickey@cookymonzta@AdrianS Point taken. I was using an indirect analysis, based upon the opinions of many that they would have done better with Cee-Lo, especially in the case of Preston, for whom his choices and style would have been better suited, and maybe Cee-Lo would have gotten it right this time and given him better advice. But alas, Preston was in a team with the heavy hitters, and couldn't measure up.
I have no doubt about your insight and expertise here; because I have read some of your blogs, on-and-off, ever since Fantasia was making her run at the AI3 title in 2004. :-) Some people are STILL irritated by that outcome, but she has fared very well ever since.
You need to scratch the idea that Team Adam was the "group of death". Seriously, three members of that team made it all the way to the Top 5 and potentially the Top 3. That's not the "group of death". The "group of death" is Team Ceelo, where your dreams go to die the moment you select him as your coach. Cole Vosbury made it to Top 5 arguably because Ceelo dumped him in the Knockouts. Also Preston had many chances to shine, but time and time again, he chose the wrong songs after his blind audition. It was obvious in the first live show that his audtion was a fluke and Adam chose wisely in saving Will.
You guys should consult me regularly because I am the expert. Thanks.
@AdrianS Alas, Adrian; the consternation over the final outcome still prevails, and I think it is because many people believe (A) Tess had too much of an advantage, and (B) Adam threw some of his other contenders under the bus:
Here's what I believe they are thinking:
(1) Tessanne's résumé is all over YouTube, dozens upon dozens of clips out there (not including video and audio footage related to 'The Voice'); and as far as I have seen (because I don't think for a second that I found them all), far more than anyone else in the competition; with the likely exception of E.G. Daily;
(2) Her overwhelming presence at YouTube made it that much easier for Adam to conclude that he might just have the winner on his team, because I'm pretty sure he saw clips of as many songs of hers as he could find;
(3) Her songs at YouTube made it so much easier for Adam to work with her and for him to come up with ideas and a strategy for her; while for his other contenders it was a lot harder because he didn't have nearly as much pre-existing material from them.
As unfortunate as it may be for one or more contenders in Adam's camp, once James chose him and then Tessanne followed, his camp became the 'Group of Death". I cannot find fault in Adam for slowly moving most of his cards on the table toward Tess (if that was the case), because it was as much his job it was hers to win this thing; and one slogan stood out above everything else: 'Adapt or die.' In the end, he concluded that she was the strongest one in his camp, the one who stood the best chance of beating whoever was left in all the camps, even his own. It was the job of the others in his camp (and I might add from the other camps as well) to adapt, even to overcome her overwhelming presence at YouTube, and convince Adam otherwise. They didn't. And her presence at YouTube (which undoubtedly helped a lot of people answer the question of why they should vote for her) was not against the rules; otherwise they would have had to disqualify a lot of people from all 5 seasons.
Someone in Will's family wanted Cee-Lo; someone at YouTube said Preston should have gone to Cee-Lo. Now, after the fact, being that his camp ran empty before December, I must agree. But they will find their way in the industry, one way or the other.
@MichaelEdiger@cookymonzta Nice try; but there are musicians out there who don't see it your way (far from it); a couple of whom were on that show's panel and many others; and whether you like it or not, the opinions of non-musicians matter as well, because they are the listening and buying public; all of which can easily make your opinion, even if based on "40 years" of experience, completely irrelevant. You made it quite obvious you didn't like Tessanne, with your "Tessanne needs to go back to Jamaica and STAY HOME" comment. Did I not read that correctly? And by the way, did you not read at the top of this forum that I did not watch any live broadcast of 'The Voice'? I stopped watching live talent show broadcasts since AI10. I only watched a few after-the-fact YouTube clips of 'The Voice' 5th season, and read a few blogs to follow the action; and yes, I paid close attention to Tess because I knew what she was capable of. Seems to me, though, you were even more invested in this show than I was, watching the whole season as it happened. But didn't you say that you usually don't waste your time with shows like these? Which is it?
Nice try, though. But believe what you want to believe. Some may agree with you; others believe otherwise (many of whom made their point last week and in the weeks beforehand). That does not change the fact that she won it ON THE STAGE. As it should be.
@cookymonzta @MichaelEdiger Just as I thought- a non-musician making decisions on who's the better singer. I won't bother you any more. I never said I wasn't OK with the outcome, rather just voiced my opinion. Never said I didn't like Tessanne, or that she wasn't a good singer. Just not the best, IMO. Yeah, you still need to get a life if all you have to do is watch these so-called talent shows and time turning chairs. And big deal about your record collection. No doubt it pales next to mine. Find someone else to bash. Your comments aren't worth any more of my time.
@MichaelEdiger@cookymonzta No, I am neither a musician nor am I from Jamaica. What you like and what you THINK you know what is good may be one opinion; fortunately the opinions of many others prevailed here.
My taste in music here is irrelevant here, though I have a record collection 38 years deep, crossing quite a few genres. I knew, from David Cook's 3rd song in the round of 16 at AI7, that he was the most dangerous of the bunch, and he sure proved it. I knew, from hearing Scotty's voice in AI10, that he was the one most likely to win. I'm no different from anyone else, because not all of my picks win. At least I'm okay with that, because I understand that it is par for the course when it comes to talent shows like this. Clearly you are not okay with this outcome, and should be the one who needs to get a life. I have one, thank you.
Why so focused on Tessanne, you say? Because I knew, long before she entered this contest, what she was bringing to the table more than any other contender with the exception of Donna Allen (who was years past her prime) and E.G. Daily (a very long career); and I knew how dangerous she was. You should go to YouTube and see her material. My guess is you didn't, because she is no background vocalist; and yes, she writes and plays guitar; but it was her decision not to play, and focus on her SINGING, which is what THE VOICE is all about.
And why did I make issue of the speed at which the coaches were sold on the contenders who auditioned? Because it is no different than a job interview (which is essentially what this is); it is called MAKING A FIRST IMPRESSION; and it is not limited to the audition. For just about everyone who remained, they had to keep making that 'first impression' right to the very end; and in a pressure-filled situation like this, it does matter how quick one makes a first impression. Matthew Schuler knew this (he came storming out the gate with his acappella opening), Tessanne definitely knew (she picked very well to put her vocal chops on full display), a few others knew; but another 30 seconds, and Will would have been going home; another 5 seconds, and Jacquie would have joined him. They cut it real close there. Song choice mattered here, more than at any point in the competition.
I may not be a musician, but I know, from my years of running, that STAMINA matters as well. Who has the ability (physical and mental) to endure the strain of performing day-in and day-out, week-in and week-out? Unfortunately for Matt, he ran out of gas. His entry in the championship would have made it one for the ages. For Will, he was in trouble right from the start; losing both the battle and knockout round (and should be lucky that Adam stole him back), having to make a mad dash to get to the championship, but he was well behind Tess by then; and Jacquie, who has time enough in the future to improve, expended a lot of effort trying to keep up with Tess as December came.
At that point, Adam had to decide; with whom should he pour his best efforts in making a champion, who had the best chance of winning, who was the strongest, who showed the greatest potential, who made the best of every song he or she chose or was given, and who made the best first impression, toward him, the other coaches, the audience and the viewers? It was no contest; it had to be Tess. Just as first impressions mattered, Simon Cowell's quote to Tamyra Gray mattered; that you are as good as your last performance.
Will is a good musician, no doubt (I've seen his videos; you should see the many dozens that Tess has); and I'm pretty sure his father (who was an artist himself) has connections within the industry; but just as people like to use a worn-out cliché, saying, "there are a lot of women like Tessanne out there already" (in my opinion, not from what I am seeing today, and not for quite a while), there are WAY more people just like Will waiting to get their foot in the door. And I'm sure James Wolpert (one of the top 4 bookies' picks to win; the other 3 were Matthew, Jacquie and Tess) will find his place in the industry, though I'd bet the farm he will be the lead singer of a band.
One more thing: I saw Tess on 'Kelly and Michael', and she was never the smart-ass you seem quick to make her out to be. AdrianS is right; you just never liked her, period, and chose to see her through a prism. Fortunately the people saw it differently, even those who liked a few others more, yet saw what I saw from who remained, and agreed on who deserved it more.
I think I have proven my case for Tess as a deserving winner here, in more ways than one, and I don't have much more to add. I leave you to your annoyance with the outcome.
Dude clearly you just don't like her at all. Tessanne won the show fair and square, no one cares about what you do and how much knowledge you have in music. But that doesn't mean you have to trash other singers like Tessanne herself who clearly has been consistent week after week and delivered great performances including Bridge over troubled water and I have nothing. Sure many other singers could've taken the title instead of her but they didn't and have given poor performances that led to them getting sent home. And also I've seen her Kelly and Michael as well and how in the hell did she come off having an attitude? There is no need to be negative and say she wasn't the best of the bunch when yet she was one of the better vocalists of the season. And as for Will I get what you're saying and I understand you're upset but let's just be honest here Will never really had a shot at winning as it was clearly gonna be between Tessanne and Jacquie.
@mamashmoiNot really reggae, kind of pop-ish