Say what you want about the remaining three finalists on "The Voice," they're all remarkable singers. And regardless of what Adam Levine's ill-considered bestowal of "winner" on his protege (as reported by ABC News via Yahoo News Dec. 17), even at the expense of his other protege, each one deserves to win the competition. So what can we peruse to attempt to outguess or anticipate the popular vote that will be revealed on Tuesday night (Dec. 17)? Given today's online population and a growing familiarity with all things Internet, it would make at least some kind of sense to think that one might find a few good indicators pointing toward a winner via the world wide web. And if one were to take certain indicators, like social media sites and iTunes downloads, the Internet has certainly chosen a clear winner for Season 5 of "The Voice."
Take a look at Facebook. If one were to judge from the amount of traction the Top 3 finalists have received on the popular site, Tessanne Chin is by far the most "liked" of all. The Jamaican singer has over 400,000 likes on her Facebook page, outdistancing Jacquie Lee, who hasn't even topped 31,000 yet. Will Champlin is even farther behind, posting just over 17,500 on his page.
Over in the Twitterverse, it is a bit closer. Still, Tessanne Chin has a significant lead in the number of followers, clocking a respectable 147,000 followers as of this posting. Jacquie Lee again trails her, posting nearly 104,000 followers. Will Champlin has over 74,000.
Tessanne Chin is again dominant on YouTube. Her last performance on the live finale, a cover of Whitney Houston's "I Have Nothing," saw Coach Adam gushing, “I know, in my mind and in my heart, that you are the winner of this show" in an blatant show of apparent favoritism. That video has garnered over 282,000 views as of this posting. Jacquie Lee's cover of Jennifer Hudson's "And I Am Telling You I Am Not Leaving" has pulled in over 116,000 views. And that's the closest. Next: Will Champlin has a distant third-place video with "Everything I Do (I Do It For You)," which has amassed over 68,000 views.
Song downloads says a lot about the artist and their potential when competing with songs from other artists. Tessanne scored two top five songs from the finale performance show: "I Have Nothing," which topped the iTunes Top 100 Songs chart, and "Let It Be," her duet with team coach Adam Levine. Her cover of Simon and Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water," an No. 1 song last week, reentered the Top 10 as well (as reported by TV Media Insights). Her third song from Tuesday night, "Try," broke the Top 20. She placed two more songs in the Top 100, giving her six in all. Will Champlin placed two of his three songs, "Everything I Do (I Do It For You)" and "Tiny Dancer" in the Top 10, but his third song, "Not Over You," fared the worst of all songs of the night (No. 52). He would have four songs in the Top 100 overall, as did Jacquie Lee, who had one song from the finale performance show, "And I'm Telling You I Am Not Leaving," break the Top 10. Her two other songs from the night, "We Remain" (with Christina Aquilera) and "Back To Black," placed No. 19 and No. 30, respectively.
So will Tessanne Chin be the ultimate winner of Season 5 on "The Voice?" If the Internet is any indicator, she will be.
But professional oddsmakers at Bovada.com gave young Jacquie Lee the edge with the best odds to win. Can she pull it off? Given that the iTunes songs don't count toward bonus points for the finale, she just might have a fighting chance to be the Season 5 winner.
And although it would serve Adam Levine just desserts if Will Champlin were to somehow pull off a dark horse victory after his coach tossed him so effortlessly under the bus, it looks like it is not to be.
"The Voice" airs its two-hour season finale results show and crowns its fifth winner starting at 9 p.m. EST on NBC Television.