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'The Voice' Season 5 winner prediction: Who takes home the crown?

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Tonight (Dec. 17, 2013) “The Voice” will crown its Season 5 winner. Going into last night's final live show the odds were pretty even among the final three singers. It was anyone's season to win. By taking a look back on that show, and looking at the iTunes charts, we can predict who will win “The Voice” tonight.

Each of the singers performed three times last night. They did a retrospective where they performed the song they originally auditioned with and they performed a new solo song. In addition they also did a duet with their coach which means Adam Levine pulled double duty.

Going into the night I felt that song choice would be crucial. I don’t think the viewers (and those who vote) will put much weight behind the duets even though both of Team Adam’s duets landed in the iTunes Top 10. It really comes down to the new solo song. To me that is where this competition was won.

Will Champlin’s take on the Bryan Adams classic “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You) was a good choice for him, but to me he seemed to have a few tough moments. Still, he did a very good job of it. Jacquie Lee’s “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” from the Dreamgirls soundtrack was not a good choice. Yes, she brought the drama and hit some serious notes, but it is a song that not a whole lot of people know. Of the three songs last night, it was the least known and therefore may end up being harder for people to connect to. Both singers were good enough to find themselves in the lower half of the iTunes Top 10.

In competitive running they have a thing known as a “kick.” This happens towards the end of the race when a runner kicks themselves into a higher gear in an effort to pull away from the pack. Tessanne Chin clearly knows something about kicking. Last week she shot to #1 on the iTunes charts with her version of “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and she backed it up this week with a brilliant version of Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing” which also went to #1.

With her solo song at #1, her duet with Adam breaking into the Top 5, and both her retrospective song and last week’s song in the Top 20, it is safe to say that she has pulled away from the pack and the viewers have embraced the Jamaican with the huge voice. While Will and Jacquie will both get the 5X multiplier for getting into the Top 10, there is a big differences between barely cracking the Top 10 and hitting #1 with a bullet. Unless one of the other two can amass an enormous amount of call in or online votes, this season’s winner of “The Voice” will be Tessanne Chin.

Tune in tonight to “The Voice” finale to see if I am correct and to watch them crown the Season 5 champion.

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