"The Voice" 2013 resumed Dec. 9 on NBC with semifinal round action from the top five finalists. Although all of the gifted performers earned praise for their respective vocal offerings, it was Team Adam Levine's Tessanne Chin whose version of a 1970 Simon and Garfunkel hit soared to the top of the iTunes top 200 singles chart.
The soft-spoken, gracious Chin entered the week's competition with her "emotions... running high" thanks to unspoken personal issues. Levine called the storied "Bridge Over Troubled Water" the "ultimate platform for her ability," and Chin appeared ready to fight for her place in the finals, noting that she could "see the finish line" and wanted very much to pull off a solid performance.
Chin was the last finalist to perform, and she did not disappoint. She sang with palpable emotion and passion while retaining near-perfect control of her vocals.
Levine was struck nearly speechless, and rambled for a minute before declaring the effort "probably the most flawless and graceful performance I've ever heard on this show." Blake Shelton said he couldn't disagree with Levine, and declared himself a "big fan."
Chin's beautiful performance earned her not only her first vote multiplier of the season, but also the very top spot on the iTunes chart as of the close of the voting window.
She also scored the praise of several former finalists, including Caroline Pennell and Matthew Schuler, who both tweeted their amazement immediately following the performance. Pennell called the effort "Unbelievable!!!!" while Schuler wrote "I don't even know what to say to you..."
To see if Chin advances to the top three and the Dec. 16 finals, watch "The Voice" 2013 top five results show Dec. 10 on NBC. A host of former contestants will perform, including season four winner Danielle Bradbery and runner-up Michelle Chamuel, season three winner Cassadee Pope, and the Swon Brothers.