It's official: Tessanne Chin, the supple-singing pride of Jamaica, has won Season 5 of "The Voice."
After a hard-fought season, in which, as the coaches often told us, the talent was perhaps the best ever to compete on the show, Chin emerged victorious Tuesday night, beating out her Team Adam Levine teammate Will Champlin, the resilient L.A. son of a rocker, who finished third, and second-place finisher Jacquie Lee, the big-voiced New Jersey teen in whom coach Christina Aguilera saw so much of herself.
Chin's joy of performance was on full display earlier in the show, when she teamed up with a bunch of previously departed Season 5 contestants -- James Wolpert, Preston Pohl, Olivia Henken and Grey -- for her "bring-back" song, "Hold On, I'm Coming," by Sam & Dave. She just wanted to rock out with her friends, she told us, and so they did. Her onstage interplay with Pohl was particularly winning.
Vocal power? Check. We were treated to that when Chin dueted with Celine Dion, apparently her longtime hero, on Dion's "Love Can Move Mountains" -- and more than held her own.
And heart? Well, Chin is all heart, beaming warmth and kindness. Levine said singing "Let It Be" with her on Monday night was like singing "with an angel from heaven." The love was mutual. "A better coach for me I could not find," Chin told her coach before learning she'd won. "You are just a great, solid guy."
But on Tuesday, moments after she'd been handed her trophy and hugged her mom, it was Chin's pure professionalism that was on display. Breathless and stunned, she nevertheless took her mark and sang the song OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder, who also performed Tuesday night, had written for the winner. She kept at it, gaining strength as the confetti fluttered all around her and landing it like a pro, like a winner, like someone who was born to sing.
"You deserve it," rival coach Aguilera, fresh from her performance with Lady Gaga, could be heard telling her.
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