"The Voice" 2013 resumed Dec. 16 on NBC as the top three aspiring singers took part in the final performance show of season five. Although all three turned in title-worthy offerings, the night belonged to rising international powerhouse Tessanne Chin, who brought the house down and earned her second consecutive number one hit on the iTunes top 400 singles chart with her cover of a Whitney Houston classic.
During her pre-performance segment, Tessanne said that working with Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine had made her a better singer, and expressed heartfelt thanks to America for embracing her as a contestant. Although she admitted that her initial instinct was to tell Adam "nuh-uh, I'm not doing Whitney" when he told her that he'd chosen "I Have Nothing" as her final song, she accepted the challenge and promised to make it "a tribute" to the legendary departed songstress. She hoped that if nothing else, the effort would help her to "go out with a bang."
Tessanne hit the stage looking stunning in a long, sleeveless red dress. Her take on the well-known monster hit was absolutely incredible, with pitch-perfect vocals that were hauntingly reminiscent of Houston's yet just different enough to boast a uniquely Tessanne flair.
Adam was silent for several moments as if collecting his thoughts. When he finally spoke, he said he had no thoughts, but plenty of emotions. He called her "captivating" and "mesmerizing" and mused that she was "capable of anything." Then in the night's most awkward moment, he called her the show's winner in both his heart and mind, even though his other finalist, Will Champlin, had yet to perform his last song.
Tessanne's track hit number one on the iTunes chart at 10:20 PM Pacific time on Dec. 16, making it her second chart-topper of season five. Her first, a cover of the Simon and Garfunkel tune "Bridge Over Troubled Water," reached number one on Dec. 10, scoring Tessanne her first iTunes vote multiplier.
To see if Tessanne emerges the victor of "The Voice" 2013, watch the two-hour season finale Dec. 17 on NBC.