Season 5 of “The Voice” has been a wild ride for many of the contestants and it all comes to a head this week as the final three singers perform live tonight (Dec. 16, 2013) in one last effort to win our votes before a champion is crowned tomorrow night. Here we take a look back at how our three finalists made it to tonight’s show.
Will Champlin had a rollercoaster of a season. During the blind audition round we found out that Will’s father was a member of the legendary rock band Chicago so not only is he looking to build his own career, but he wants to step out of his father’s shadow. For his audition he sang Gavin DeGraw’s “Not Over You” and got Adam, Cee Lo and Blake to turn their chairs for him. He decided to go with Coach Adam Levine. During the battle rounds he was matched up against James Wolpert to sing “Radioactive.” Adam chose to keep James, but Coach Christina Aguilera decided to steal Will and gave him new life. In the knockout rounds Xtina matched him against Matthew Schuler. He lost that battle, but did well enough that Adam stole him back.
The live rounds got off to a rocky start for Will. Coach Adam had to save him in round 1, but from there on he found his groove and never faltered as the public voted him through each week. Now the talented family man is just a few songs away from realizing his dream.
Nobody traveled further to audition for “The Voice” than Tessanne Chin who is from Kingston, Jamaica. Having been a backup singer for the legendary Jimmy Cliff, Tessanne was looking to step out of the backup role and into the spotlight. During the live auditions her version of Pink’s “Try” turned all four chairs. After a ferocious battle between the judges she chose Team Adam.
Tessanne won her head-to-head against Donna Allen in the battle rounds then dispatched of Ashley DuBose in the knockout rounds. The viewers have felt the same way about Tessanne as the coaches, and have voted her through in every round. Her version of “Bridge Over Troubled Water” went to #1 on the iTunes charts and has given Tessanne some serious momentum going into tonight’s finale.
Jacquie Lee may only be 16-years-old, but she has talent that goes far beyond her years. Her road to “The Voice” finale was a little bumpy at first as the New Jersey native did Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black” during the blind auditions and only got one chair, Christina, to turn around. Sometimes one is all you need. Jacquie quickly showed that the other judges might have erred in not turning around when she beat Briana Cuoco in the battle rounds then took out Anthony Paul in the knockout rounds with a version of “Stompa” that showed off her vocal skills and let everyone know she might have a little chip on her shoulder.
As the live shows unfolded, Jacquie regularly wowed the crowd with the rawness of her voice. She has an ability to infuse emotion into her performances and brings a pain to them that defies her age. Week after week the viewers voted her through. Her version of “Angel” last week was may be her best performance to date. Jacquie seems to be hitting her stride at exactly the right time.
Tune in tonight to see the Top 3 each take the stage twice as they sing one last time for our votes, tweets and downloads on the finale of “The Voice.”