Tessanne Chin is the pride and joy of Jamaica as she stands poised to win The Voice Season 5 tonight (unless fellow contenders Jacquie Lee and Will Champlin have anything to say about it). However, if she does take home the title, it won’t be due to a heavy influx of Jamaican votes.
Why? It’s not for a lack of fans in her homeland. Unfortunately for the Jamaica native, friends back home aren’t eligible to vote for the winner. Much like the presidential election only votes from the 50 nifty United States, plus D.C. and the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico, are eligible according to The Voice’s official rules. Though Tessanne has said folks back home are able to watch the show, they can only lend their support with positive thoughts (and maybe a few iTunes downloads).
But don’t let that knock the fluff off your dandelions, Jamaican fans. Even without a strong island voting bloc to boost her up, Tessanne has a strong shot at the win, having nabbed two top 5 spots on the iTunes charts. She also had the strongest performances last night.
No more was that evident than when the former Jimmy Cliff backup singer performed alongside Jacquie and Will on the Jackson 5 hit “I’ll Be There”. Sounding like a total pro next to two amateurs — top-seeded amateurs, sure, but still nowhere near Tessanne’s level — we couldn’t have been more sure she was the winner than in that moment. While early Vegas odds hailed Jacquie as the favorite in the competition, after Monday’s rounds, we’re pretty confident in predicting Tessanne as the winner.