And the winner is…
Of course we can’t tell you just yet. But we can tell you that, for those who didn't watch Tuesday's show, you won’t have to wait an entire two hours to find out.
After a Monday night filled with amazing performances, Will Champlin, Jacquie Lee and Tessanne Chin will finally learn whether all of their hard work this season paid off.
Starting off the night on a high note, the top 20 came together to perform “Tonight is the Night” and remind us all why this has been one of the best seasons to date.
Each contestant had one bring-back performance. They were able to get together with four of their friends from this season and sing a song of their choice.
Jacquie Lee banded together with Matthew Schuler, Cole Vosbury, Caroline Pennell and James Wolpert to perform the Queen classic, “Bohemian Rhapsody.” (Although I was on edge about the performance, they were able to pull it off completely.)
Will Champlin joined forces with Cole Vosbury, Caroline Pennell, Austin Jencks and Jonny Gray for “Wagon Wheel.” Tessanne, never to be outdone in the voice department, enlisted some of the competition's biggest voices --namely Wolpert, Preston Pohl, Olivia Henken and Grey -- to perform Sam and Dave’s “Hold on, I’m Coming.”
It wouldn’t be a finale if "The Voice" didn’t bring on some of today’s biggest talent to perform throughout the show (while giving the final three a min to catch their breath).
Mentor Ryan Tedder and his band One Republic, no strangers to the show, performed their newest single, “I Lived.” Celine Dion and Neyo moved the audience with a performance of their newest duet, “Incredible.”
And for the first time ever, Lady Gaga took to "The Voice" stage for her smash hit, “Do What You Want,” with surprise guest, coach Christina. Their performance added a lot more “girl power” to the night, creating a version of the song that we all hope will be available on itunes soon.
But it wasn’t only international superstars who performed while the top three rested. Matthew Schuler, Preston Pohl, Ray Boudreaux, Nic Hawk and Josh Logan performed “Treasure,” giving Bruno Mars a run for his money and making for one of the night’s biggest moments. Shelbie Z. Tamara, Stephanie, Kat and Amber returned to perform the Kelly Clarkson hit, “My Life Would Suck Without You.” Their appearance reminded us all how much we missed all their talents in the final parts of the competition.
Giving the contestants a moment to get personal, the final Voice Confessional gave each finalist the chance o say what it would really mean to win the competition. To each one of the top three, it was summed up in one word…Everything.
Jacquie, Will and Tessanne each took the time to thank their coaches and families, as well as the fans who voted for them each week, for supporting them. Coaches Adam and Christina didn’t even mention how winning would work out in their favor, but stressed how the result would change the life in the best way for one of their contestants.
Tessanne, Jacquie and Will each had a chance to sing with an artist who had influenced them during the competition. Jacquie got a chance to rock out with Paramore and premiere their newest single, “Ain’t It Fun.” Tessanne was moved to tears when she found out she'd be performing with Celine Dion; together, they sang a beautiful rendition of “Love Can Move Mountains.” Will got the chance to sing one of his favorite songs, “Wake Me Up,” with Aloe Blacc.
After all of the night’s excitement, it was finally time to announce the winner of season five of "The Voice." After surviving blind auditions, battle rounds and knock out rounds, and gaining record-breaking votes each week Jacquie, Will and Tessanne finally learned their fate.
Will Champlin won third place, leaving the competition in either Jacquie or Tessanne’s hands.
And the winner of "The Voice" is Tessanne Chin! And Coach Adam gets his second win.
It was amazing to see Tessanne win. In between tears and her amazing reaction of disbelief, she got a chance to hold her trophy, hug her husband and her mother and make Jamaica proud. She sang the song that Ryan Tedder wrote just for her, “Tumbling Down.”
I am proud that Tessanne Chin won, a favorite from the beginning of the competition. There was no disappointment this season … except maybe for coach Blake Shelton, who had his reigning champion title taken away by Adam Levine.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun