"The Voice" season five continued Dec. 9 on NBC with the top five performance show. Teen Jacquie Lee, Christina Aguilera's last contestant standing and the youngest hopeful to grace the stage, made a mad dash toward the Dec. 16 finals with a soulful and perhaps slightly overwrought take on Sarah McLachlan's "Angel," the tune otherwise known to much of America as the sad animal song.
During Lee's mentoring session, Aguilera explained the song choice, saying that "it embodies everything both emotionally and vocally that she's going through" as a contestant. Aguilera encouraged Lee to channel her emotion, and took the time to explain how to hone her performances for the studio as well as the stage. Lee was gratified by the guidance, and said it gave her "a good feeling" going into the top five show.
Lee's amped up take on the originally melodic and soft tune was jarring at first, but she settled into a nice, soulful groove. It was a very good performance all in all, though at times it felt like the teen was more screaming than singing and not completely in control of her powerful pipes. It's admirable that she made it her own, but she didn't show quite the level of restraint required by such a tender song.
Still, Aguilera was delighted. Her rambling commentary praised Lee for doing "things I didn't even know you were going to do tonight" and siad she blew her away. She called it Lee's best performance to date and likened it to "a Christmas song" that she wanted to play over and over again. CeeLo Green, the only other coach given a chance to comment, called it "amazing" and "wonderful."
As of 10 PM Eastern time on Dec. 9, the track ranked an impressive number 15 on the iTunes top 400 singles chart, suggesting that Lee is likely to snag her very first download vote multiplier of the season.
To see if Lee advances to the season finale, watch "The Voice" season five top five results show Dec. 10 on NBC.