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'The Voice' Top 5 recap: Who sang well enough to make the finals?

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It was one of those nights on “The Voice” when the quality of the singers makes you understand why this singing show is destroying all others in the ratings. Unlike the last few weeks, this week’s live performance show (originally airing Dec. 9, 2013) was only one hour long. Each singer had just one song with which to make their case for a spot in the finals and all five of them represented themselves nicely. There are no bad singers here, but a few still stood out from the rest.

Coach Adam Levine has three of the Top 5 singers. The first two performances of the night were by his artists with James Wolpert starting things off doing his version of “With or Without You” by U2. He did a good job, but that song is a huge load to carry. When you hear James sing it you can’t help but long for Bono’s aching, heartbroken vocals to kick in and that is not a good thing. It wasn't bad, but it might not be enough to get him to the finals.

Next up was Team Adam’s Will Champlin who did Fun’s “Carry On.” It was a great choice for him. The song fit his voice perfectly. His energetic, hopeful performance showed that Will is clearly capable of singing anything and can project emotion into just about any song.

Team Christina’s Jacquie Lee picked a big song to sing when she did Sarah McLachlan’s “Angel.” Instead of trying to mimic Sarah McLachlan’s vocal gymnastics, Jacquie took us to church and gave the song a gospel feel. It was quietly powerful and one of her best performances.

Cole Vosbury from Team Blake got country on us again as he did Garth Brook’s “Shameless.” Sitting at the piano, he was everything you expect him to be, but then he got up from the piano and kicked the power up a notch. It was Cole taken to a whole new level and it was fun to see.

The winner of the night was Tessanne Chin who closed the show with Simon and Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” I have often said that doing iconic songs has proven to be the downfall of many a singing competition contestant, but Tessanne made it her own and gave it a big, powerful vocal shot that the original doesn’t have. It was the perfect exclamation on a very good night.

As I write this piece Tessanne and Jacquie are both in the iTunes Top 10 with Cole and Will currently sitting at #12 and #13 and James at #18. It is clearly going to be a close race to the finals. If I had to make a prediction I would say that the final three will be made up of Cole, Tessanne and Jacquie. We will have to tune in tomorrow to the live results show to find out who makes it to the finals of “The Voice.”

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