"The Voice" 2013 resumed Dec. 9 on NBC as the top five finalists hit the stage to perform for a chance to join the top three and compete in the Dec. 16 finals. Bringing his A-game and an uncharacteristic burst of enthusiasm to the table was Team Adam Levine's Will Champlin, who earned praise for his passionate rendition of Fun's "Carry On."
During a group breakfast and mentoring session with Levine and fellow semifinalists Tessanne Chin and James Wolpert, Champlin said he was "thrilled" to be part of the Maroon 5 frontman's team. Chin paid him a high compliment when she called him "a walking instrument" and praised his ability to push all of them to strive for perfection.
Levine explained that his song choice for Champlin would allow him the chance to "do big things vocally," and encouraged his student to "fully commit" and let go. Champlin was delighted with the selection, and explained that it "symbolizes my journey in life." Levine predicted that the talented aspiring vocalist would "blow people away" with his performance if he maintains the correct frame of mind.
When he hit the stage to perform live, Champlin looked sharp in a silver suit jacket. Although there were a few off notes here and there, he sounded quite a lot like Rod Stewart, and the joy of performing was present in spades. The effort made him significantly more likable and emotionally accessible, and may well earn him a spot in the finals.
Levine said he was "really proud," and praised him for having fun and showing off his rarely revealed smile. CeeLo Green appreciated how Champlin was "all swaggy up there" and loved the song choice. Blake Shelton praised him for "opening up" his heart to the audience and termed his enthusiasm "exciting."
To see if Champlin advances to the top three or finds himself excused from the season five competition, watch "The Voice" 2013 top five results show Dec. 10 on NBC.