WASHINGTON, December 17, 2013–After three months of blind auditions, battle rounds, knockout rounds and live performances, “The Voice” has named its top three contenders.
The finalists are the 28-year-old Jamaican-Asian singer Tessanne Chin, 16-year-old Jacquie Lee from Colt’s Neck, N.J. and Will Champlin, the 30-year-old singer-songwriter son of Bill Champlin from the band Chicago.
Last night “The Voice” kicked off its two-part finale with some amazing performances from the contestants. But Adam Levine stirred up a little controversy by announcing Tessanne Chin the winner after she knocked it out of the park with her rendition of Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing.”
We can certainly understand Levine’s enthusiasm for Tessanne Chin, but he is also the coach for Will Champlin. Imagine how hard it must have been for Champlin to hear his coach declare his allegiance to Chin right before taking the stage.
Despite looking eerily like a mini-me version of Levine, last night Champlin was told in no uncertain terms that his coach is rooting for another to win.
After Champlin did Bryan Adam’s song “Everything I Do (I Do It For You),” Levine summed up his performance by saying:
“You’ve won already. There have been so many other mini-victories for you that I can’t see any negatives in the fact that you are here in the final three,” he said. “Regardless of the outcome, I couldn’t care less about it. This is a huge, massive victory… I’m just happy. You’ve won. You’re here.”
That Champlin is a winner for just making it to the final round may be true, but hearing it from his coach and mentor had to be unsettling. It felt like the equivalent of a kindergarten soccer team awards ceremony where everyone gets a trophy just for showing up to play.
This certainly is not the issue with Christina Aguilera’s contestant Jacquie Lee.
Christina consistently gushed with praise for Lee. And after watching Lee sing Amy Winehouse’s song “Back to Black,” it is easy to understand why Christina is so enthusiastic about her young charge’s talent.
At this point it is a given that Will Champlin will come in third, but the winner of the battle of the two divas is still very much up in the air. Perhaps this is why Levine put all his support behind Tessanne Chin. He knows the contest is between her and Jacquie Lee.
Levine also knows that how his own huge fan base votes could be the difference between Chin winning and coming in second.
Ultimately the real winner of “The Voice” this season has been the TV audience. That will be even more evident tonight when guests Lady Gaga, OneRepublic, Celine Dion and Ne-Yo take the stage to perform on the final show of the season.
And unlike contestant Will Champlin, we will happily accept an award for just showing up.
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