Jamaica’s Tessanne Chin powers into The Voice top five
CALIFORNIA, United States, Thursday December 5, 2013 – Jamaican songstress Tessanne Chin moved closer to winning NBC’s hit talent show The Voice after advancing to the top five on Tuesday’s live eliminations show.
Once again the 28-year-old singer did her country proud in more ways than one with a powerful performance of Jamaican reggae legend Bob Marley’s classic “Redemption Song”.
Her outstanding cover of the song earned a standing ovation from her coach and mentor Adam Levine, as well as enthusiastic applause from the live show’s audience.
Singer/songwriter/actor Levine, who heads the award-winning band Maroon 5, said that everyone in Jamaica must be "so proud" of Tessanne, adding: "People now understand the potency of Marley and the potency of Tessanne tonight."
The Jamaican songbird chose Katy Perry's “Unconditionally,” which she dedicated to her parents, for her second performance, winning more applause and kudos from her coach.
"Your ability is just off the chart," Levine said.
Levine's rival coach Blake Shelton nevertheless said it all.
"You're a world class vocalist," Shelton told Tessanne. "You can sing with the best vocalists in the world. I haven't seen anything quite like you on this show."
Tuesday night’s hour-long broadcast was packed with class acts from the moment American Idol alum- turned-superstar Kelly Clarkson opened the show with "Underneath the Tree".
Tessanne went on to join fellow contestants Jacquie Lee and Matthew Schuler to deliver "You Got the Love" by Florence and the Machine.
The suspense then started to build as show host Carson Daly named Team Christina Aguilera's Lee to the top five.
The Voice season one alum Xenia returned to the stage alongside Blake Shelton to sing "Silver Bells" and shortly afterwards Shelton's sole remaining protégé Cole Vosbury advanced to the competition’s next round.
An anxious Tessane was obliged to keep her cool through another performance, in which guest Nuno Bettencourt joined contestants Vosbury, James Wolpert and Will Champlin to sing the Extreme hit "More than Words." Tessanne’s patience was rewarded moments later with the announcement of her spot in the top five.
The top six took to the stage together one last time to sing the Christmas favourite "Oh Holy Night," following which Champlin took the fourth available spot on the December 9 show, leaving Schuler and Wolpert vying for the all-or-nothing Twitter instant save.
Wolpert claimed the save and a place in the top five, sealing Schuler's elimination and maintaining an odd trend: each week of season five, the contestant eliminated was the contestant saved by the previous week's Twitter instant vote.