Are you guys nervous? We’re kinda nervous. It all comes down to tonight’s performances as The Voice'stop 3 artists — Tessanne Chin, Jacquie Lee, and Will Champlin — battle it out for the title of Season 5 winner.
So far, the Vegas odds have Jacquie winning it all, with Tessanne a close second and Will a long-shot, but we say it’s still anyone’s game. Sure, Jacquie has been basically been untouchable, but Tessanne nabbed the number 1 spot on the iTunes charts last week and has been delivering some incredible performances. Meanwhile, Will came out of nowhere it seems and should definitely not be underestimated.
These three aren’t the only ones showcasing their talents tonight — their coaches will put their money — and their mics — where their mouth is and show their mentees how it’s done. Tomorrow, we’ll also get an idea of how each artist’s hypothetical debut album would sound when they sing original songs composed by OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder. It’s not the first time The Voice has done original songs in the finale, but it is the first time they’ve turned over the reins to a hitmaker like Ryan.
It should be an exciting performance finale and we’ll be following along here, live, so check back often for updates!
The Coaches (Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, and Cee Lo Green) Perform "Pour Some Sugar on Me"
All of a sudden I can see why Christina was so irked about James getting to sing "With or Without You" last week. Not that we don't love some 80's butt rock — it was just like karaoke with really high production value. However, we have to say for probably the gajillionth time that Christina looks amazing.
It's the first song we ever heard her sing, and um, we gotta say, we got a little teary hearing her sing it again on the finale. However, we can't help but recall P!nk's unforgettable performance of this song at the AMAs. Even though Tessanne's vocally incredible here, she's a little boring on stage when you have Ms. Alicia Moore to compare her to.
Adam wasn't bored, though. "Everything you do just draws me in," he said. He "revels" in everything she does and that she's made him want to be better as a musician. On top of her immense talent, Adam says Tess is one of the most genuine people he's ever met. Cee Lo is also super proud and commends her evolution over the season.
Celebrating Will's resilience, Adam has Will singing his Blind Audition song. Will's always been at his best for us while playing an instrument, so we would have loved to see him behind the piano or on the guitar for this one. Boy can wear a suit, though. He can also kill it with the vocal runs just as well as Tess or Jacquie.
Coach Adam celebrates how hard Will works, though it stresses him out how hard he works, but it also inspires him. Will has been "the pinball" of the season, being bounced from coach to coach, but he's maintained his confidence and overcome the biggest hurdles in the competition. Former coach Christina also celebrates his amazing journey, but doesn't express any regret choosing Matthew Schuler over Will in the Knockout Rounds.
Christina recalls the first time she heard her little lion cub Jacquie roar to this song, then turned around to see a tiny 16-year-old girl. We had actually forgotten Jacquie's audition, but it's all coming back now. She's very good, but she can't touch the pain behind a song like this. Also, while we get where she was going at the end, it bordered on screechy. #sorrynotsorry\
Despite the fact that she's made comparisons to herself, Christina brushed that off and focused on Jacquie's talent. She also celebrated the fun she's had with her little protégée. Imploring the audience and viewers, Christina tells us Jacquie's a gem and the real deal. She talked so long nobody else had a change to get a word in edgewise!
Tessanne Chin and Adam Levine Perform "Let It Be" by The Beatles
A match made in The Voice heaven, Tessanne and Adam have a little love fest over each other before hitting the recording booth for their take on the Beatles classic. They have some cute moments together in the package where he expresses being nervous to sing with her because she's so talented and she professes to nerves about singing with the "Sexiest Man Alive." So cute. We love the little surprise reggae break near the end of the song. You can tell they had a blast together.
Christina Aguilera and Jacquie Lee Perform "We Remain" by Christina Aguilera
Leave it to business-savvy Christina to choose her own song from a movie currently in theaters for her duet with her mentee, Jacquie! You know how chocolate and pizza are both really good but you would never want to have a slice of pepperoni pizza dipped in chocolate? Jacquie and Christina's singing together is kind of like that. Though these two both have incredible voices, we're not sure they go together. Also, did we detect some big pitch issues?
Adam Levine and Will Champlin Perform "Tiny Dancer" by Elton John
This is totally one of our favorite songs ever. Adam and Will's voices mesh as well as Christina and Jacquie's don't. They're honestly such a good match, Will should just join Adam on the road and rename the band Maroon 6.
Tessanne doesn't want to try to outsing Whitney, just pay tribute. Not singing "I Will Always Love You" is a good start. She also has the chops and brought the drama the song needs (the sparks flying behind her helped in the drama department as well.) We can definitely see this girl playing to a huge sell-out crowd.
Carson asks Adam to gush some more about Tess. He doesn't have thoughts anymore, just emotions. Despite the fact that the song is "sacred ground" Adam was overwhelmed by her performance even in rehearsal. Every single time she performs, he's left wondering where the ceiling is with her and is blown away by her talent. Regardless of the outcome, he knows she's the winner of the show. At this point, we'd be hard-pressed to disagree.
Adam wants Will to go out on an epic note, so he gave him the ultimate power ballad. Um, but we were a little bored, even though it was a good performance. His coach, who just got done saying Tessanne won, is now saying Will won because he's here. Is this going to be one of those things where everyone gets a participation trophy? Blake, who's been uncharacteristically silent this evening, says he likes that Will was a little more reserved in his vocal delivery this time and gave a "solid, really good performance."
This is a lot of song for most singers, but for someone Jacquie Lee's size and age it's a huge undertaking. She did do an incredible job, but you can still hear the youth in her voice at points and it's a little distracting. But really, definitely her best performance of the night.
Christina was speechless. If anyone ever doubted her or said she wouldn't make it in this competition, this was her moment to say, "Yep, I did it." Blake says that her evolution on the show has been amazing, and that her pairing with Christina is one of the best in the competition's history.
Who do you think will win, based on tonight's performances?