Jamaican back up singer Tessanne Chin has won the most prestigious singing title in the United States. After a long journey, Tessanne was crowned the season five winner of The Voice.
Tessanne admitted that she was almost at the point of giving up on her singing career before she landed a spot on the NBC singing competition. "I was literally at the end of a road, you know, and coming to a place in my life where I was like, am I going to keep doing this and feeling like I'm not getting anywhere? Or am I going to give this another shot? And thank God, thank God I was able to give it another shot," she said.
Tessanne credits her win to her family and friends back home in Jamaica, along with her new family and friends here in the U.S. And let us not forget, her coach and mentor Adam Levine. “It’s just been an amazing journey and I could not do this without the little island of Jamaica,” Chin said before her final performance. “But I most importantly could not do it without the amazing new family and supporters I have here in the U.S. Thank you for accepting me and thank you for bringing me this far.”
Luckily for Tessanne, Levine decided to change his approach this season, and give his team as much support and guidance as possible. "In the seasons past where I have kind of fallen short in my opinion, if I'm looking at it analytically, it's by not being able to give enough because I've been super busy," Levine explained. "So I tried to kind of thin things out so I could devote most of my time to just get to know these guys and instill them with the confidence that they needed to win."
— Adam Levine (@adamlevine) December 18, 2013
While Tessanne may still be letting the news sink in, I don't think anyone had any doubts that she would be this season's winner, including her coach Adam. “You are just capable of anything and it blows me away," Adam said after Tessanne belted out Whitney Houston's I Have Nothing. "I know in my mind and heart you are the winner of this show.”
When host Carson Daly revealed Tessanne as the winner, she burst into tears and then took the stage for one last performance. Not only did Chin win a recording contract, she will also be collaborating with Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic. When asked how it felt to be the new winner, Tessanne replied: "It is out of body. I feel like, is this really happening, you know? This can't be real. Like unbelievable. Unbelievable."
The sixth season of The Voice will premiere on February 24, 2014, with Shakira and Usher returning as coaches.
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