Tessanne Chin, the 28-year-old Jamaican singer that dominated "The Voice" throughout Season 5, was crowned the fifth winner Tuesday night after a star-studded finale that included performances by Lady Gaga, Celine Dion and Ne-Yo, OneRepublic, Paramore, and the rest of "The Voice" finalists. There was no real surprise in the win -- it seemed like the natural next step, the inevitable outcome of having a confident and charismatic singer stepping into her rightful place.
As ABC News reported (via Yahoo News) Dec. 18, Tessanne, who was one of Team Adam (Levine)'s proteges, won a recording contract with Universal Music Group and $100,000, not to mention the incalculable honor of having won "The Voice." She became the fifth person to do so, the third straight female artist (after Cassadee Pope and Danielle Bradbery) after two males won the first two seasons (Javier Colon and Jermaine Paul). Tessanne Chin's victory gave Coach Adam Levine his second win overall as a mentor, his first win since the inaugural season. In coaching the Season 5 winner, he also broke Judge/coach Blake Shelton's streak of three straight coaching wins.
Made all the easier for the Maroon 5 frontman since he had two finalists in the season finale (Tessanne and Will Champlin) and Team Blake had zero. Team Adam competed with Team XTina (Christina Aguilera) and her lone protege, Jacquie Lee.
When host Carson Daly revealed the final voting results, Will Champlin placed third. Jacquie Lee, the 16-year-old powerhouse singer, had been the oddsmakers choice going into the Season 5 finale.
But most favorable odds or no, Tessanne Chin took the title.
"The Voice" results finale was a group songfest -- nobody sang alone (except for OneRepublic and, of course, Tessanne at the very end, when the winner got to perform her first single). All three finalists performed "bring back" songs, where they chose fellow finalists to sing songs with them. Jacquie Lee and her Season 5 crowd (Caroline Pennell, Cole Vosbury, James Wolpert and Matthew Schuller) performed Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody." Will Champlin and crew (Cole Vosbury, Caroline Pennell, Austin Jenckes and Jonny Gray) performed Darius Rucker's "Wagon Wheel." Tessanne Chin and her bunch (Preston Pohl, James Wolpert, Olivia Henken and Grey) did Sam & Dave's "Hold On, I'm Comin'."
The Top 3 also performed duets with celebrity artists. Will Champlin sung an Avicii tune, "Wake Me Up," with rapper/singer Aloe Blacc, Jacquie Lee performed alongside Paramore on their hit, "Ain't It Fun," and Tessanne Chin helped out Celine Dion and Ne-Yo on their latest single, "Incredible."
Ryan Tedder, who sat in as mentor earlier in the season, and his band, OneRepublic, were also on hand to perform "I Lived."
The final song of the night was also Ryan Tedder's. Tessanne tearfully powered through it after her eyes flew wide with shock upon hearing she was the winner of "The Voice." The winner's song (written by the aforementioned Tedder), "Tumblin' Down," seemed to be a nice pop song with chart potential, although Tessanne's emotional rendition might not have helped sell many copies.
But that didn't matter. The copy for sale was pre-recorded. And she had won "The Voice."
"The Voice" returns in February 2014 for Season 6. Season 4 judges/coaches Usher and Shakira return to their swivel chairs while Cee Lo Green and Christina Aguilera take the season off.