Though Jacquie Lee gave Tessanne a run for her money, the pride & joy of Team Adam ended the night with a powerful performance that could secure her victory.
The Voice kicked off its two-night finale Dec. 16 with two hours of killer performances from the finalists — Tessanne Chin, Will Champlin and Jacquie Lee — as well as a few special guests! Though Will put on a good show, it quickly became a showdown between the two remaining ladies, and HollywoodLife.com is declaring Tessanne the winner.
Jacquie Lee Triumphs With ‘Back To Black’
The night began with Tessanne doing coach Adam Levine proud. Her performance of Pink‘s “Try” was a little low-energy, but she sang it well; and for what it’s worth, it was the same song she used during the blind auditions. All in all, it was a nice reminder of just how much the three finalists have been through.
Also harkening back to his blind audition song, Will took the stage next, performing Gavin DeGraw‘s “Not Over You.” I’d put his performance on par with Tessanne’s — solid, but not a mind-blower.
Now for the crazy part: relative underdog Jacquie blew both of the previous finalists away during her solo moment tonight. Returning to her own blind-audition roots, Jacquie absolutely nailed Amy Winehouse‘s “Black To Black.” I was pleasantly surprised with the whole thing.
Christina Aguilera & Jacquie Lee ‘Remain’ On Top
Next came the duets between the mentors and their contestants, beginning with Adam and Tessanne. As expected, their performance of The Beatles‘ “Let It Be” was basically harmonious crack. Two powerful voices, two wonderful humans — I wouldn’t have changed a thing.
But that crack looked like crap by the time Christina Aguilera and Jacquie were done with their follow-up performance of “We Remain,” Xtina’s original song from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack. (Seriously, though, when did underdog Jacquie become a major contender in this fight?)
Adam returned to the stage with Will for a terrific performance of Elton John‘s “Tiny Dancer,” which I’ll never be able to hear without remembering that Phoebe on Friends thought the lyrics were, “Hold me closer, Tony Danza.” (End of rant, my apologies.)
Tessanne Chin Wins Everything With ‘Nothing’
The final round of the night was when each contestant really got a chance to shine. Tessanne took on the Whitney Houston classic “I Have Nothing,” and the result was pure magic. Countless fans, including Debra Messing, lavished Tessanne with praise on Twitter; the former Smash star tweeted:
SOBBING listening to Tessanne Chin sing Whitney Houston’s ” I Have Nothing” Oh. My. God. Downloading ASAP #VoiceFinale
— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) December 17, 2013
Will stepped up to the mic next, lulling the audience with an extremely heartfelt cover of Bryan Adams‘ “Everything I Do.” It was good, but honestly, I’d pity anyone who had to follow Tessanne’s final performance.
Jacquie ended the night with an on-the-nose performance of Jennifer Holliday‘s “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going,” obviously chosen by coach Christina. The performance was solid, but as far as last impressions go, I still say this final round went to Tessanne.
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— Andy Swift