The Voice Performance Finale: I Know What You Did With Idol's (Overdone) Songs in the Dark

The Voice Season 5 recap performance finale“Hello, and welcome to The $25,000 Pyramid: The Voice Season 5 Performance Finale Edition! Our famous clue-giver is Carson Daly, and our contestant is ‘Who cares, this person isn’t a superstar celebrity!?’ Let’s get started!”

Carson: “Ummm…Whitney Houston’s ‘I Have Nothing.’ Bryan Adams’ ‘Everything I Do (I Do It for You).’ ‘And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going’ from Dreamgirls!”
Contestant: “Songs that have been ground into the carpet for 12 seasons of American Idol!”
Carson: “No, no, no, think harder!”
Contestant: “Songs that are irrelevant to modern radio! Songs that frighten Jennifer Lopez! Songs used to support a backhanded compliment from Christina Aguilera!”

“We interrupt this program with the following newsflash: The Voice Season 5 may have three contestants remaining, but coach Adam Levine feels he has enough information to call the competition on behalf of Tessanne Chin — even though his second protégé Will Champlin has yet to take the stage for his final performance. Will is being asked by Adam to exit through a back door and collect his consolation prize of Trivial Pursuit: Reality TV Edition and a box of Rice-a-Roni, the San Francisco treat!”

Lord help me, we’re only a few hundred words in, and this recap has already gone off the rails. (OK, OK, maybe it went off the rails while I was writing THAT HEADLINE.)

But pardon my crazy, because tonight’s installment of The Voice — or at least the last half hour of it — made me go all Cypress Hill*, or rather, “Insane in the Membrane.” (*Not a drug reference. Wayyy too square for anything stronger than sauv blanc. Seriously.) For starters, I found myself going bonkers for a rendition of the song that edged out “Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now”) as The Most Overdone Ballad in the History of Reality Singing Competitions. And then the same thing happened with a song that’s already part of a joint custody agreement between Jennifer Holliday and Jennifer Hudson, and really doesn’t need anyone else trying to lay claim to it.

But great talent — and let’s be honest, whether Tessanne, Will and the human firecracker that is Jacquie Lee experienced a stumble or two this week, they’re all pretty flippin’ fantastic — has the power to rewrite rules, to negate conventional wisdom, to make you download ditties you didn’t realize your iTunes wanted. So even though Will is most likely to finish third, and even though I’d personally give Jacquie the Season 5 crown over Tessanne by .00114 of a percentage point, and even though I’m uncertain that “.00114 of a percentage point” is a mathematically sound figure, I’ve got to tip my imaginary hat to every member of the Final 3 (or the Bottom 3, as Xtina likes to call it).

With that said, it’s time to get going on letter grades for the night’s performances:

BLIND AUDITION RETREADS ROUND
Tessanne Chin (Team Adam): Pink’s “Try” — Grade: B | Tessanne being Tessanne, you could count the missed notes on this number on one finger. Unfortunately, though, the former background singer’s energy level dragged throughout the number, almost as if she was directing the “you gotta get up and try, try, try” lyric to some part of her that wasn’t quite revved up to kick off the finale. (Then again, maybe Tessanne was still reeling from the shock of seeing the show’s quartet of mentors willingly tackle “Pour Some Sugar on Me” on national television?) Whatever the case, though, this was one of the Jamaican powerhouse’s most hollow performances: All shiny glory notes, with none of the gooey emotional center needed to truly sell a “diva overcoming heartache” anthem.

Will Champlin (Team Adam): Gavin DeGraw’s “Not Over You” — Grade: B- | I wasn’t sold on Will’s Blind Audition way back in early October because, for starters, “Not Over You” is to songs what uncooked pizza dough is to food — bland and vaguely shapeless — and also because it’s not a great fit with his instrument. Indeed, Will’s voice — which has been incredible on tracks like “At Last” and “Carry On” and “When I Was Your Man” — sounded tight and a little tinny through much of this performance, and worse still, seemed to intermittently taper off and get drowned out by the band. The feedback from Adam and Xtina was about as harsh as it was gonna get for a Voice finale, with the former oddly accusing his own contestant of working so hard that it’s “stressful” and the latter repeatedly referencing Will’s tendency to overthink and his one time in the Bottom 3 (of Adam’s Final 5, during Top 20 week) without ever really commenting on his actual vocal performance.

Jacquie Lee (Team Xtina): Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black” — Grade: A- | Yes, the last 10 seconds got overbaked, but let’s give credit where it’s due: Jacquie was the only member of the Top 3 to dig deeper, take bigger risks and attempt to truly reinvent her Blind Audition cover. Exhibits A-D: The slightly off-the-beat delivery on the second verse; the growly conviction on “my odds are stacked”; the lofty places she took the melody on the “tiny penny” verse; and especially the warm, husky tones on the repetition of “blaaaack” toward the end. Creativity — and a totally authentic, old-school soulfulness — must be recognized. Now recognize it, America!

MENTOR DUET ROUND
Tessanne Chin & Adam Levine: The Beatles’ “Let It Be” — Grade: A- | Call me blasphemous, but I loved-on-top-of-loved the reggae breakdown in the final verse, a risk that paid off and upgraded what was already a very pleasing — if slightly staid — interpretation of the Beatles’ hymn-like classic. The take-it-to-the-church ending worked wonderfully, too, but when Tessanne gets movin’ and groovin’, that’s when my brain presses the Siri button and asks, “When will I get to hear Tessanne on the radio?”

Jacquie Lee & Christina Aguilera: Xtina’s “We Remain” — Grade: B | There were some lovely moments in this collision of Big Diva Voices — but, yeah, my choice of “collision” rather than, say, “marriage” or “intertwining” is telling. There were several instance where one of the gals (my ears think it might’ve been…Xtina?) faltered on her harmonies, and other spots where the cacophanous imagery on the backdrop — firepots! animated forest! the Doctor Who wormhole! — drew my attention from the driving Hunger Games anthem that sounded a lot hookier here than when I’d first heard it on the internet a while back.

Will Champlin & Adam Levine: Elton John’s “Tiny Dancer” — Grade: B- | Anyone who’s ever seen Almost Famous, or had this tune come on the radio during a road trip, knows how fantastically rousing it can be. Will and Adam’s interpretation, though, never reached the anthemic, “I’m not 100 percent sure what the lyrics are about, but DAMN I’m feelin’ em!” heights that Elton’s endlessly crescendo-ing melody promises. Will layered on too many embellishments; Adam came off like his charisma was back in the spinny-chair sucking down a Starbies; and the contestant’s final ad-lib flopped to the mic like a trout on a dock. It wasn’t terrible or aggressively pitchy, it was just less than what it should’ve been, like being given a winning MegaMillions ticket and then buying a lightly used Kia.

FINAL SOLO ROUND
Tessanne Chin (Team Adam): Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing” — Grade: A+ | Before tonight, the idea of me giving any performance of “I Have Nothing” an A+ seemed about as likely as the Barefoot Contessa removing butter from all her recipes or that last Vince Vaughn movie — you know, the one with the preview where the sperm-donor guy throws around the idea of “fatherhood” like it’s a hacky sack — winning an Oscar. I mean, “I Have Nothing” is, as I said earlier in this recap, The Most Overdone Ballad in the History of Reality Singing Competitions: Eight performances during 12 seasons of live voting rounds on Idol, along with renditions during The Voice‘s Season 4, Season 3 (twice!) and Season 2. Tessanne, however, embued the Bodyguard soundtrack cut with such a wicked combination of grace, power, intensity and most of all delicacy, that I had no choice but to give it a perfect grade. Sure, Tessanne’s cover in no way strayed from Whitney’s original. And yes, the falling curtains and eruption of sparks were ordered directly from 1-800-Bombast. But so what? For two minutes or so, Tess’ stratosphere-scraping rendition made me forget all prior versions, made me put aside my cynical disdain, and made me grin and hoot with sheer delight. I can’t pretend “I Have Nothing” will ever be on my personal musical menu, but it doesn’t mean I’m so stubborn that I can’t gobble it up and bow down to the chef, either.

Will Champlin (Team Adam): Bryan Adams’ “Everything I Do (I Do It for You)” — Grade: B | Am I the only person wondering if Will might’ve been fighting a cold tonight? Or maybe dude was just fighting the urge to cold cock Adam, after hearing his coach, moments before he went on stage, tell Tessanne that “I know in my mind and in my heart that you are the winner of this show.” (Ouch!) The opening verse had a slight case of Bowl of Jello syndrome, and Will lost his grip on pitch when he tried to take some chances on the bridge. That final move where he went out into the audience and delivered the last lines to his wife and baby daughter were sweet, sure, but it was most likely a case of too hokey, too late.

Jacquie Lee (Team Xtina): “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” (from Dreamgirls) — Grade: A+ | I can’t honestly make the case that Jacquie’s performance was as note-perfect as Tessanne’s, but before you go all Stern Russian Figure Skating Judge on me and demand a recount on my grades, let me say this about that: In my mind, there’s more to music than correctly executing a series of notes. We’re not talking about making a figure-8 in the ice. It’s not coloring within the lines. It’s not following a recipe down to the tablespoon. And for me, I was gobsmacked by the audacity of Jacquie’s performance — the almost haunted quality of that opening verse, finished off with a robust “ow-ow-ow” that had me nodding my head in approval; the way she dragged the mic stand toward the front of the stage, practically defying the audience to blink, lest they miss a single second; the epic length of the note on “there’s no way I WILLLLLLL” swooping directly into a thunderous “And I aaaammmm…”; the literal explosiveness of those final notes with all the pyrotechnics going off behind her. It all spoke to me — on a gut level — in a way no other performance did tonight. And so, yes, when I spend Tuesday morning cooking up a photo gallery of the best Season 5 performances, I’ll have to rank “I Have Nothing” above “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going.” But when it comes down to which one I’ll play back on YouTube when I’m having a crap day — just so I can get transported to somewhere better, brighter and more electrifying — nine times out of 10, it’s gonna be Jacquie.

Oh, I almost forgot!

The Voice Coaches: Def Leppard’s “Pour Some Sugar on Me” — Grade: SMDH (I could never get past the line “Do you take sugar? One lump or two?” without a piece of my soul flaking off, crawling under the couch and attaching itself to a dust bunny.)

Your turn. What did you think of the Season 5 performance finale? What were your favorite numbers? Who should and who will win it all? Take our polls below, then hit the comments with your thoughts! And for all my Voice-related interviews, recaps, news and videos, follow me on Twitter @MichaelSlezakTV!



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560 Comments
  1. José Mário says:

    Man, I love Jacquie, damn!

    • sara says:

      OMG, enough with the Jacquie Lee idiocy. Shrieking is NOT singing! This stupidity really does need to end.

      • Sly says:

        I know, but the thing is Tessanne does the same thing when she goes high. And Will, well Will is just Will. Not the greatest night for the Voice. But I’m sure a new season begins on Wednesday, so . . .

        • sd says:

          Tessanne hits high notes but they don’t sound screechy. jacquie sounds good for parts of her song and then she goes high and it just grates. Plus she doesn’t have the soul to carry out the song.

          • Tyler says:

            Agree.

          • ayeh says:

            agree………

          • Terry says:

            thumbs up!

          • gregk says:

            Jacquie has driven my wife and I away from watching the show. In addition to the visually creepy extended wide open mouth screams (begging to be stuffed with a gag), she also seemed to lose her breath at times. Way overdone and forced.

          • Betty Synder says:

            Jamaicans are voting from Montego Bay and all over the Island in an organized way. I think they are doing it illegally and that’s not fair. Let’s report this to the Voice people immediately. The reason Tessanne songs are doing so well on iTunes is because of this illegal voting.
            Truthbeliever

          • pb says:

            Couldn’t agree more.

          • Sorry Betty Synder, but Jacquie’s fans have been doing it all season. They’re voting all the way from Latin America (specially Brazil) in organized groups, skype and buying iTunes gift cards. And so are Will’s fans. So you should not blame it on Tessanne, you should blame the show that allows people to vote multiple times.

          • Tarasa says:

            Agree.

          • Sly says:

            Tessanne grates too — perhaps not as much, but it doesn’t sound good when she goes high.

          • Chey says:

            wow.. I thought I was the only one to think this. I am a singer myself and while Tessanne has lost it for me for the most part…(sometimes pitchy and not delivering convincing performances) and Will is good.. Jacquie Lee does sound screechy.. I think it’s cause she is young and hasn’t come into her voice yet. When she sings lower it’s really good! but when she hits those high notes the screechiness is awful. I guess out of the 3 there are no faves of mine…I am a Will fan..but Caroline who didn’t try huge notes and just sounded sweet was one of my faves..and she is gone. I know America loves JL.. because for her age she belts…but when the belting is screechy she isn’t ready for recordings with that kind of sound. We have to hope that like Danielle who also was someone with an immature and pitchy voice even when she won, JL gets better with experience…even 1 year.

          • RedInDenver says:

            ALSO agree …. I didn’t even watch any of Jacquie’s performances last night. I personally think she has at least a little way to go before she’s really a great singer/performer. Too much screeching, too many theatrics; not enough real emotion.

      • will says:

        You are correct that shrieking is not singing. You are wrong in implying Jacquie shrieks.

        • AlyB says:

          Thank you. People have latched on to that word & throw it out there when there’s nothing of the sort going on. It’s gotten downright nasty & just endlessly repeated by the same people all the way through the comments. It reminds me of the people that laid the label “screaming” on Haley R. and never let up. Jacquie is very vocally talented & I love her voice (loved a Haley too). Obviously others do too or she wouldn’t be here in the final 3. I have no issue with people expressing an opinion on a performer but this weekly pile on bash fest is more like a mindless mob action.

        • the real wendy says:

          It’s more like yelling than shrieking.

          • Debra says:

            Agreed – It sounds like she’s straining her last throat muscle. Carrie Underwood turned into a yeller as well. I watched her on The Sound of Music and recalled when she actually sang a song and didn’t sound like she was straining.

            Will was one of my favorites in the beginning of this season and I feel he lost his way on The Voice. Tessanne just bores me. She’s what? 28? and seems much older by these song choices.

        • Jay says:

          We all hear through our own ears, therefore each of us has a personal opinion of how a singer sounds. You may disagree, but do not tell us we are Wrong. The tone of Jacquie’s (and sometimes Tessanne’s) voice sounds screechy to me. JMO

          • Tom22 says:

            If you told me that Jaquie’s voice sounded like a smoke alarm to you… LOL I wouldn’t argue that it is all a matter of opinion

            I just think it is more of an objective call about whether or not she has the rough sound that goes along with the disagreeably piercing sound some hear.

            That has more to do with a definition of the word “screech” than than what people hear. (although maybe you do hear a roughness up there to go along with the)

            People get irritated with words when they misunderstand you. I tend to think of a screech as rough sharp sound accelerating in volume and initially in pitch. Shriek of an owl. I 10 year old girl might shriek when she sees a spider(related more to a “squawk” which it often used for the lower tone of a raven on m. The 10 year old girl would scream when she didn’t get her way.. a rough sustained sound.. disagreeable but rough.

            Smoke alarm, not owl/alarm bell, not a 10 year old girl on the play ground(or women getting knifed)

            But, just like people can disagree on taste, they can disagree on words.

            Some people see “understand” “comprehend” and “ascertain” as the same word only with the last two sounding stuffy. I’d choose a different one of the three in different particular situations although unfortunately too many people think I’m trying to act in an elitist way if I use “ascertain” when I’m trying to say “If I try hard to peer through the confusing distractions and take clues from the context I can ascertain the intended message” instead of “got you, I understand” or “ok, I can comprehend your argument after re-reading it and you giving me that extra piece of information.”

        • mikezenti@live.com says:

          Jacuie does not shriek, she yells with power and is loud at times to enhance the music, I’ts called SKILL

      • keedoy says:

        you might hear shrieking but she’s there because some people hear music!

        • Sly says:

          True, but whether or not a person controls his/her higher register isn’t just a matter of opinion. Denver is a great city is an opinion, Denver is a city in Colorado isn’t. Both Jacquie and Tessanne have control issues when they go high or loud. They do. Now that might not bother you — and that’s your right, but it happens on just about every song they sing.

          • Jb says:

            Everyone should remember that these aren’t professional singers, especially Jacquie. She said she never had seen a recording studio before the voice… Not bad for 16 if you ask me!

      • bobsaccamanna says:

        I used to like Michael Slezak but this blind, or should I say deaf adulation for Jacquie is maddening, exactly like sara said, she is a screamer and a shrieker not a singer. A+ for her final song? what was he listening to, that song was a total mess from the very first note. If anyone but Tessanne wins tomorrow night it would be a travesty. During the group number I’ll Be There it was like Tessanne and the Pips, two back-up singers and Tessanne.

        • Terry says:

          Yes! To rank Jacquie and Tessanne final performances the same when Tessanne’s was clearly a better vocal (even tho I bleeping hate that song) is unjustifiable!

          • Mary says:

            I disagree, they are two different songs that should and was sung differently. Both did a great job (even though both songs are done to much). The vocals were different, rightly so, but both girls were great. I understand you are not into Jacquie but to say she was out sung is incorrect.
            Both girls are good I would but Jacquie over Tessanne, think with the right song she is more marketable. I would not be upset if either one wins, but I am sorry Will should be third and I am surprise he made it this far.

          • Emma says:

            I agree with Terry, to put Jacquie’s vocal on par with Tessanne’s for their last songs is dumbfounding, Tessanne was way better. And still #1 on itunes this morning I see, with Let It Be not far behind at #3. Way to go Tessanne, I think Adam was right, regardless of outcome, you are the true winner.

          • mikezenti@live.com says:

            Jacquie’s was better. Better moves, better song, better dance, more energy. Yes, the vocals weren’t as clean as Tessanne but I definately prefer (and so should you) Jacquie. Now if only she would give me her number… I thought that song was about me…

        • james heller says:

          got to love couch potato critics who dont know crap about music lmao

        • Nedsdag says:

          Um, Michael? Jacquie MURDERED all of the nuances of her last song. This is a song about a woman who is literally thrown under the bus by her lover and her friends. Jacquie sounded as if her mother took away her Facebook and cell phone privileges. Now if she was older, had some actual life experiences and a middle range, then an A+ is deserved.

          • MC says:

            Funny post. You’re also 100% correct in my book.

          • Mel says:

            omg this is PERFECT.

          • Tenney says:

            Nedsdag that is how I feel about Jacquie too. I think she did great on Back to Black however, on a song like “and I am telling you I’m not going”, because she lacks the life experience that would drive the emotion of the song, she can get into screaming during parts of it as a substitute for the lack of life experience. It also takes away some of the authenticity of the song. That’s not to say that young people can’t successfully sing emotional songs, but to me, Jacquie goes through the motions of how a song like that should be sung (i.e. clench my fists, fall to my knees, etc), but it is still lacking some realness to me.

          • Sly says:

            That last song has zero nuances. It’s one of the worst songs of all time.

          • Carla Krae says:

            Yes, it was a terrible song choice by Christina. Jacquie is too young to get the meaning of the song.

          • rolichan says:

            Bravo, Nedsdag – Nail. Head. Thoroughly hit.

        • Betty Synder says:

          Jamaicans are voting from Montego Bay and all over the Island in an organized way. I think they are doing it illegally and that’s not fair. Let’s report this to the Voice people immediately. The reason Tessanne songs are doing so well on iTunes is because of this illegal voting.
          Truthbeliever

          • Jay H Crow says:

            You cannot vote with an 876 area code.
            The population of the US is about 500 million; third largest in the World.
            Jamaica, a mere 2.8 million people

          • nico says:

            1st of all, there are filters for illegal voting so I’m quite sure those votes won’t be counted. 2nd of all, the same illegal voting is carried out by fans of all 3 finalists…saw tweets from jacquie fans explaining how to hide your ip address to vote multiple times. And furthermore only itunes downloads from a US account counts so Tessanne doesn’t need illegal votes/downloads….America put her at #1 on itunes…again

          • Claudile says:

            Come on Betty Synder. If we could vote we would definitely vote. What we have been doing here in Jamaica is yes having parties to watch the show…but we have been linking all our friends, family, acquaintances in the USA to vote vote vote. And guess what even if Tessanne doesn’t win The Voice…she is already a winner. She has grown immensely during this period…she has been heard by the world…and the world will respond. Blessings to you

          • teri2b says:

            seriously. why is it that you keep hating on tessane, people are doing it for Will and Jac as well.

          • Confused much says:

            “The reason she is doing well on ITunes is because people are voting illegally”? You ever stopped to think that maybe there are many people who like her who aren’t Jamaican? Or perhaps there are several Jamaicans who live in the US (what educated people like to call the Jamaican diaspora) who also vote? And tell me, what is illegal about PURCHASING a song from ITunes? Did the Voice take steps to ban other persons outside of the US from liking the performance and choosing to buy it? It is the producers’ responsibility to ensure that if they so choose they take the steps to filter and limit votes to a geographical area when you have such voting mechanisms as ITunes that is open to the world. It is not the responsibility of Jamaicans who want to lend support to Tessanne by buying her songs to show that we love her.

          • S. says:

            Jay H., the US doesn’t have 500 million people, it’s 319 million. Your point still stands but let’s not go making up numbers. Claims about outside US voting happen when an Idol singer is from the Philippines too. It’s just not the case, but people like to tell themselves that’s why a favorite lost. Some outside fandom must’ve caused it by cheating. There are laws about voting competitions on tv. The fine print in the credits explains it. They’re not just casually allowing improper voting, folks.

          • I just want to ask this: So what if people were voting from other countries, why the hell is America the only place that should be allowed to vote for this? I live in the US and voted myself, but why on God’s green earth does it matter what country a person is voting from? If Americans were going to vote for people simply because they are American then Tessanne would have no chance, do you know how small Jamaica is??? This isn’t voting to elect the next president! It’s a singing competition! And furthermore, do you know how much people in Jamaica have to pay to get NBC on their televisions? It’s not a basic cable channel, yet another thing Americans take for granted! NBC is fine taking the money of people that want to view their programming in other countries, but God forbid they want to have their voices heard and make their votes count. #endrant

          • mikezenti@live.com says:

            Back to Black was the song I meant. I wasn’t referring to the onne where she shreiked. But I guess I wrote it in the post like I did. Jacquie is just so pretty I think she should have one regardless of anything.

        • Emmster says:

          Yes, I’m sad to say that I seriously start doubting Michael’s reviews as well. I don’t mind if someone disagrees with my taste (and I wasn’t always 100% behind his favorites in the past). Though in regards to Jackie’s singing, one must have a serious hearing problem (or be otherwise impaired), in order to give her such a favorable review. Her screeching actually hurts my ear drums and it makes the hair on my arms stand up (and not in a good way…).

          • MC says:

            Last night Jacquie had problems with pitch control on every song. She was definitely in third behind both Will and Tessanne imo. I don’t really have a dog in this fight, but I think Tessanne was easily the best vocalist of the night. My fave from this season is Holly Henry, but Tessanne is the one I admire the most of the finalists.

        • Carla Krae says:

          Agreed. Jacquie yells. And she keeps doing it, she won’t have a voice in a few years. The vocal cords are a delicate biological instrument.

      • prettyp says:

        Well said!

      • AlyB says:

        Calling an appreciation of Jacquie’s voice “idiocy” & “stupidity” is ugly & unnecessary. I didn’t care for Sarah last season and often said I didn’t get it but never called her fans idiots or stupid. People like different things vocally. You don’t get the appeal. Fine. This entire Jacquie bash fest is the idiocy on parade.

      • Better Sundays says:

        Turn-the-volume-down screechiness aside, here’s my biggest issue with sweet li’l Jacquie: unlike the “maturity” which the coaches keep putting her on a pedestal about, I actually see her immaturity bleeding through her performances. Although there’s a lot of heart in her performances, there’s not a lot of soul there. There’s an ocean of diff. Hence, she always comes off as unreal to me. Not unlike the Little Miss contestants with make-up, stockings, and high heels. Like she’s playing a part, and that part is a Mini-Xtina. Whether she’s belting out a screechy note or kneeling onstage or abusing the mic stand, it’s like Jacquie is putting up a front when she’s up there, instead of letting her true self shine through her songs. And that passion that comes with experience and wisdom, which she clearly does not have.

        • Maymay says:

          I could not have expressed that better myself. I agree 100% and I wish Slezak read your comment.

        • Mary says:

          I can understand where your coming from, but in all fairness Tessanne has more experience than Jacquie. She shouldn’t be penalized for being young. People on this message board are comparing apples to oranges. Both girls are great singers I just think Jacquie is more marketable. Tessanne is more seasoned and this show has made her old, even though she isn’t if you know what I mean.

          • Claudia Hodge says:

            She isn’t being “penalized”. I for one am tired of teens winning on potential. She isn’t quite there yet – it’s not her fault that she’s young, but her lack of life experience, especially on a song like And I’m Telling You is really apparent. I think she has massive marketbility but I haven’t bought one song of hers yet & I won’t until she can put a little soul into her voice. Of course, it won’t matter to teens – they buy stuff like Selena Gomez & Justin Bieber, but those of us who actually love MUSIC & not autotune are wanting a winner who is ready NOW.

          • Tyler says:

            I don’t think “the show has made her [Tessanne] old. It’s a cultural thing. She’s Jamaican. I’ve known Jamaicans and they appear much more MATURE than Americans. If she acted immature and all that for her age–then people would be complaining about that. Tessanne is fine. I think it’s you people that need to grow up and accept her for who she is.

        • Tenney says:

          I made a comment similiar to this about Jacquie, but you said it better. I think Jacquie is an incredible singer and, without a doubt, has what it takes to be very succcessful, but her maturity doesn’t match up with the songs that they are giving her so when she performs them, it kind of lacks a little bit of heart and soul. She tries to make up for her lack of experience by doing some screaming (only at times does she scream, not throughout a whole song) or theatrics like clenching her fists, falling to the floor, or knocking the mike stand.

          That being said, if Jacquie wins, it would not bother me. She is a great singer with a ton of talent.

        • Carla Krae says:

          +1. Couldn’t say it better.

      • abz says:

        Sometimes I really enjoy Jacquie’s voice. Angel was her best performance IMO and she did an amazing vocal on that. But other times she can start off a song very nicely and just ruin it with her screaming. It really is so annoying and the fact that the coaches keep encouraging her and not ever bringing up that she needs to work on the screaming is just ridiculous.

        • Tyler says:

          Exactly. And I blame Xtina for that. She’s not doing Jacquie any favors. IMO Xtina is a terrible coach. Adam may not always say that right things but IMO he’s a much better coach.

          • Kimbo says:

            LOL you hardly need to say “imo” when just about all your comments consist of you being blatantly anti-christina. And if anything, hardcore team adam.

        • Taylor says:

          That is absolutely correct. Jacquie might do one or two lines alright at the beginning but then after that it is constant screaming. And she does it consistantly with every song. It has nothing to do with her disconnect from emotions because of her young age. It is her constant screaming to the extent of ruining each and every song she sings that is the problem.

      • Jamdung says:

        The squeaky screamer Jacqui need to go home as she can’t sing. I honestly think that had she have a coach like Adam or Blake that she would have had a better chance of winning. Yes, she’s only 16 and has good potential but she not only needs voice training but also a good coach/mentor.

      • gailer says:

        Thank you @sara, I feel nothing but embarrassment over someone that young and inexperienced singing the songs she sings

      • Linda says:

        You’re an idiot. Learn proper grammar and then you may chime in. Your jealous and a hater of Jacque Lee. Move on, because regardless of the outcome, she has advanced to the very end. She’s already a winner!

      • Keith cooley says:

        The potential of Jacquie Lee is just off the charts. I feel she can take her voice to any style, format and be a new horizon star.

    • Laura G. says:

      Umm….no. She needs to learn how to sing in a lower key. That high key she so loves to sing in hurts my ears.

      • Cassandra says:

        Agreed, when she is in a lower register her voice is quite pleasant, but the minute she starts going for those high notes, her entire tones changes into something that gives me a headache.

      • Angie_Overrated says:

        She’s not singing in higher keys. If she went much lower we’d be in dude territory. Her voice is pretty deep for a lady. But she goes a bit Disney-princess-with-a-megaphone on us.

    • MSJ4321 says:

      After I turned off the volume b/c she hurt my ears, all I could focus on was the weird faces Jacquie was making tonight when she sang. All that over-singing takes its toll.

  2. Sara says:

    Jacqui killed it in her last number. Tessanne will win though

    • ajintexas says:

      It will be a real problem for the show if Tessanne wins. Jacquie is marketable. Tessanne, not so much.

      • sd says:

        Marketable for who exactly? People who can stand shrieking.

        • Tyler says:

          It is 9:19 p.m. in Calif. and Tessanne is already at #3 on iTunes with I Have Nothing. How is that not marketable?!

        • Mel says:

          You mean, Jacquie is only 16 so record labels can take her and make her do whatever songs and whatever style they want to push her to do, whereas Tessanne is an experienced singer, knows what she wants and will fight for how she wants her career to turn out, not just go along with whatever they tell her to do.

      • Ted says:

        Why is that a problem?? The money on this show is made from the show itself, NOT from the profits generated by album sales….

        • ajintexas says:

          You fail to grasp my point. The show may be successful from a ratings standpoint, but they have yet to produce a single winner that has been hugely successful, unlike AI. Time may tell with a few past winners, but Tessanne will never be a superstar in the US. Just not going to happen. Maybe she wil get a second shot on The Biggest Loser like Ruben Studdard though.

          • sd says:

            Cassadee is not doing so bad–she’s been in the top 100 on itunes for months now and is doing well on Country. The Voice is trying to do better at promoting their artists–that’s why they bought back Cassadee, Danielle and Michelle last week. They’ve also hired the very prolific, successful songwriter, OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder (the one who produced/wrote Beyonce’s latest single) to write a coronation song for the winner which is something The Voice has never done. If Tessanne does win, she’ll be getting that extra boost because she’ll have a song that technically could get played on radio.

          • PB says:

            Cassadee Pope is doing well, but the show has nothing to worry about. It may not be my cup of tea or maybe yours, but Danielle Bradbury is going to be huge. Give it a couple of years and this criticism will be moot with Danielle and Cassadee sticking around. I like Michelle and she has potential but her future is probably a bit more murky.

          • Angie_Overrated says:

            Except that Cassadee Pope and Danielle Snoozeberry are selling a lot of albums. And you don’t necessarily have to be Kelly Clarkson or Jennifer Hudson to be successful in the music industry. There are tons of people in the music industry who do quite well for themselves without being household names.

          • Chuck Finley says:

            Yet you three STILL miss the point. I am not talking about people”doing ok for themselves”. Until this show produces a Carrie Underwood, it will never be at the level of AI, and I hate that show. Cassadee Pope is an opening act right now, and as I said time may tell with a couple of people, but so far the talent that wins this show has gone pretty much nowhere in comparison to AI.

          • Angie_Overrated says:

            I didn’t miss the point. Your point is simply not worth humoring, Chuck.

          • Libertine Rouee says:

            Xenophobic much?

          • shelly slyfield says:

            you need a live

      • Teeny Bikini says:

        Yes, Jacquie is cute and young – if that’s what you mean by “marketable.” But she has failed to demonstrate what kind of artist she will be. The only song that even came close was Stompa. The rest was derivative, played out, not-exactly-current songs I’ve heard a billions times before. I’d say she and Tessanne are equally marketable on that front.

      • Ginger Snap says:

        Marketable isn’t a very meaningful term. Marketable could be Jamaica. It could be an international audience which includes places other than the United States. Which means that Tessanne can be more financially successful than any of them because she appeals to a broader market which doesn’t include anglo Saxon teenagers.

        • Andrew says:

          I agree to this.. She has crossed many borders and have brought in an increase in viewership outside of the US. There’s no need to worry about her marketability

          • ajintexas says:

            And you base this statment on what exactly? The stats you pulled out of your butt before you typed this? I would love to see an actual link that proves this in any way.

          • Angie_Overrated says:

            Umm… there are tons of stories talking about Tessanne’s appeal across the US border. It’s called Google, Chuck/AJ. And stop being so vile towards others. Bullying is so 90s.

          • Lee says:

            Apparently Texans are still living as if it were the 90s. LOL. They have yet to grasp 911.

          • I’m Brazilian and I love her… she probably will be more successfull here on LatAm then any other contestant

      • Sarah says:

        Could not agree more! Tessanne will end up like “winners” before her…being placed in the Voice audience while struggling to get a single marketed.

        • Kaba says:

          I’m sorry but this is such an absolute piss reason to justify why Tessanne should lose.
          If you are regarded as the best, known for being the best, are nothing but the best, regularly demonstrates why you’re the best, and maintains the fact that you ARE the best.
          Why the hell should you lose on these shows? Silly.
          Here’s the MAIN difference between Tessanne and Javier or Jermaine. Tessanne is written off as meh for her age when she and Michelle Chamuel are literally the same age. And Tessanne seems to give off some motherly effect.
          It’s a shame to see people sacrifice excellency for marketability.

        • ajintexas says:

          The truth hurts so many people’s feelings here. Tessanne is too old, too niche. For all that her voice is, she sings raggae. Good luck ever going far in that genre. Just to be blunt, I don’t think Americans will connect with her because she is a package that is just all over the place and that accent just doesn’t fit her.

          • Kimbo says:

            Tessanne isn’t even 30. How old do you think the woman is?

          • Angie_Overrated says:

            Yes, cuz Whitney Houston and Pink are straight up reggae. Dude, do you have any idea how stupid you sound? Btw, Will is older than Tessanne. And now the accent doesn’t fit her because she’s Asian. Oh god, the ignorance is just appalling here.

          • Kaba says:

            I wonder how many people are Michelle Chamuel fans that are claiming Tessanne is too old for the industry…
            They’re the same age. So that ought to be a good laugh.

          • teri2b says:

            you are entitled to your opinion, but if reggae is not so popular then why is it that all of the Americans rapper or whatnot try to do it. Where you think Rap got its genes from. Stop hating and give people a chance.

          • The Beach says:

            By your logic I suppose you believe that even though she is American and speaks with an American accent that Julie Chin shouldn’t be a successful host because she is Asian. Jeez, what ignorance!

          • Funny Face says:

            Get your head out of your A**! Jamaica’s National motto is “Out of Many, One People” because Jamaicans aren’t just black people with dreadlocks. As a Jamaican born woman of mixed race who is often told that she’s Puerto Rican, I despise when people tell me I don’t look Jamaican. You have your preconceived notions of what a person with that accent must look like and that makes you downright ignorant.

      • prettyp says:

        Why? Because Jacqui is American and Tessanne is not .

        • ajintexas says:

          Somewhat, but moreover she has always been a backup singer for a reason.

          • Angie_Overrated says:

            Are you trying to be offensive, or are you merely ignorant?

          • The Beach says:

            So I suppose that means Melinda Doolittle and many others who began as backup singers should only remain backup singers and not even try their hand at solo success?

          • Didi says:

            I guess nowadays it’s a negative thing to actually learn, train and perfect your craft and work your way up through the ranks. The new cool thing is to go on a reality show and become an insta-famous “singer” just based on your youth and looks without being ready for it (both emotionally and technically) or putting any effort into it.

      • Claudia Hodge says:

        Tessanne isn’t marketable, just like Pink isn’t marketable. Oh wait, some of us like adult singers & actually buy their music.

    • Ginger Snap says:

      Sorry JL didn’t kill it. See Jessica Sanchez and Jennifer Holiday American Idol Season 11 for a killer performance of I’m not going. And what a 16 year old with a real range and power can do when she wants to belt a song.

      • bobsaccamanna says:

        agreed here too, I had forgotten about Jessica Sanchez version of that song, so much better than Jacquie’s. Every time I heard that screeching tonight I couldn’t help but think how nice it would have been if it were Caroline and her beautiful, powerful, and pleasant to listen to voice instead of Jacquie’s ear piercing wails.

  3. TC says:

    Still not sure how you can even remotely place Tessane in second. She’s clearly the most talented and polished of the three. I still don’t get the Jacquie love

    • analythinker says:

      Ditto.

    • Cathi says:

      Tessanne Should Be Polished She Is An Accomplished Artist. She has already recorded an album in Jamaica. Jacquie Lee should have the chance to make a name for herself. Unbelievable. ….

      • sd says:

        We did that already with work in progress Darlene last year. No need to repeat. Jacquie needs to work on her singing and unlearn some of the bad habits she got from Christina.

      • trimaran12 says:

        almost all the successful contestants on these shows have some legit experience. get over it. no one hops out of the shower and blows us away on the stage. it’s such a myth.

        • Tom22 says:

          Ditto from me. If it isn’t commercial it is performing in countless school musicals and regional talent shows, rodeos, weddings etc. If anything, people who only released a record but haven’t been up and center on stage before an audience have less experience, not more than the “amateurs”

      • Ash says:

        Hate to break it to you but most of the people who are on this show have some sort of experience heck cassadee had a successful band for years before she went solo on the voice

    • Teeny Bikini says:

      Michael, is not even pretending to be objective. That’s how he does it. We’ll get the “real” low down from Melinda.

      • MSJ4321 says:

        TOO true.

      • The Beach says:

        I thought the same thing, Teeny. There is no way Jaquie deserved an A+ for that performance. I groaned when I heard the song choice (thanks, Christina) then cringed as the song progressed and she missed more and more of her notes. I usually agree with Slezak but when it comes to Jaquie he grades with his heart and not his ears…sorry, Michael.

      • Tyler says:

        Teeny, it’s been a pleasure reading your posts. I hope Slezak reads them too and actually understands what you’re saying.

      • Angie_Overrated says:

        Yeah, I was happy to see Melinda gave him the smack down on Will’s tragic performance from last week. She was just like, “NO! No further discussion required.” I love her. She’s hilarious. And so damn talented.

      • Mary says:

        His blog is through his eyes. You do not have to agree nor does he need to be objective. Just because you disagree does not make him inaccurate. People hear and see different things when listening to music, it moves us in different ways. It is okay different strokes for different folks. He prefers Jacquie over Tessanne, not the end of the world. You don’t have to agree with him but man people could be a little respective when disagreeing with him.

        • Tom22 says:

          He also has a big conflict between getting his article out quickly and taking the time to listen to the songs a few more times and reflect on them before he shares his thoughts.

          He needs to meet deadlines and reach the most readers because, after all he is trying to earn a living. I don’t doubt that he is truthful with his opinions, but I just wonder sometimes if he’d write something different after a night to sleep on it.

          THAT however would be a different standard for a recap . Is the question, “what were your impessions of the performances while watching the show as it was aired”

          Or is it

          What are your impressions after viewing the live performances a second and third time, this time on your computer with a good pair of audio headphones that will give a far richer sound than most TV set ups (even the surround sound settings are usually designed for movies even on the “music” setting)

          To me, the single viewing is too effected by my level of attention and distraction in the house or a whether or not I had a thought about work etc. When I can play each peformance after a deep breath and a “ok , lets hear it, I’m ready” I feel like I’ve given the peformances a more fair shake BUT like I said, that is a different standard and not how most people form their opinions.

          I’m not saying my way is right.. just that is the way I personally prefer to do before sharing my own thoughts.

      • mikezenti@live.com says:

        Which Michael? Who’s Melinda?

    • keedoy says:

      some people dont like tesanne, just how you guys dont like jacqui. She might be talented for you but not to everybody, thats why they love jacqui =)

  4. ZisforZombie says:

    Serious toss up this season. And guess what…I would be happy with any one of them winning. They all rocked it.

    • AlyB says:

      Yes. This. I really do like all three & will be happy for whoever wins & disappointed for the other two. That said, I don’t think Will quite rose to the level of the powerhouse girls tonight. I like him for different reasons than powerhouse vocals. I love his rasp, the way he can breathe life into a lyric and the sensitivity he can evoke but he needed to slay something tonight. I thought he did well but the song choices didn’t give him the grand slam he needed.
      .
      I have to say I find the incessant Jacquie bashing beyond irritating. I downloaded both Tessane & Jacquie’s songs and love them both. Tessanne has a spectacular voice but Jacquie has strong vocals too and the most development potential so she’s getting my voting support for the win. I’ll be willing to at least listen to anything these 3 end up putting out in the future though I think I’ll be most inclined toward Will & Jacquie’s choices.

      • Mudpuppy says:

        Face it they are all going to make money

        • AlyB says:

          I really hope so. The exposure on the show gives them a platform & a win is a definite boost. It’s a tough business though and extremely difficult for even the most talented people to derive lasting success. I do wish them all well and if not the stardom of their dreams, at least the ability to support themselves doing what they love. They’re all good enough to deserve a shot.

  5. analythinker says:

    I Have Nothing is already #11, And I’m Telling You #60, Everything I Do #61…

    • Teeny Bikini says:

      Really. Wow. That was fast. I can’t find Jacquie yet… I guess it’s still too early…

      • analythinker says:

        It’s #3 now, with her duet (with Adam) in #10.

        • Teeny Bikini says:

          Wow!! I wonder if she will get extra points for the Adam song too.

          • Terry says:

            Let It Be was beautiful, my favorite duet of the night by a mile.

          • AlyB says:

            Tessanne I Have Nothing #1
            Adam & Tessanne Let It Be #7
            Adam & Will Tiny Dancer #14
            Jacquie And I’m Telling You #15
            Will I Do It For You #18
            Tessanne Try #29
            Christina & Jacquie We Remain #31
            Jacquie Back to Black #41
            Will Not Over You #76

            It bears to note that Tessane’s Bridge Over Troubled Water is still charting at #25
            I think their total iTunes sales count toward these last vote totals somehow but I’m not sure how that works. With that in mind, unless there are a lot of people voting that aren’t buying the iTunes, I think Tessanne has this in the bag. There’s still time for Will and Jacquie to climb into the top 10 & get the bonus but I don’t think they’ll knock a Tessanne off the #1 spot on the chart.

          • AVL says:

            The official Voice voting rules state:

            There will be no iTunes Bonus available to the artists in connection with voting for the finale episode.

          • Teeny Bikini says:

            Oh, I see. Thanks :)

        • Sara says:

          Well she must have fallen back bc she isn’t #3 now. Tessanne will win and Adam will try and make it seem like he really wanted Will to win to cover for the crap he said last night. There is no denying he had a very talented team and he is a good coach but man, what he did was not cool on any level. Any level. Don’t care if we all knew it to be true, you don’t say that although his actions this whole time has spoken volumes

  6. TracieM72 says:

    A+? Seriously? You gave that caterwauling shriekfest by Jacquie an A+? It almost made my ears bleed…. She definitely needs to learn the art of subtlety. Not every note needs to be at a 10 decibel. I’m guessing Christina was likely not the Coach to learn that from. Tessane should win. If she doesn’t then I have no idea what people are thinking, it is no contest.

    • Canadian Fan says:

      +1000

    • BC says:

      I think that song was meant to be oversung and that’s probably why Xtina gave it to her. Maybe?

      • TracieM72 says:

        It would be one thing if that was the only song she did that on, but it’s every single song. SHE is just overdone all the way around

        • Tyler says:

          Teeny, it’s been a pleasure reading your posts. I hope Slezak reads them too and actually understands what you’re saying.

        • Mary says:

          Let me guess you don’t like her style of singing. Both are equally talented so your remark about it being no contest is quite frankly rude. All the contestants are talented and all of them deserve to win. IMO.

          • TracieM72 says:

            Well, that is your opinion and you are certainly entitled to it. MY opinion is that it is no contest. I would never listen to Jacquie on the radio and never buy her music. I find her shouting at me in song form to be unappealing and grossly overdone. I think Tessanne blew this competition away, she never had a mis-step and is consistently topping the iTunes chart because she is singing the type of music people want to listen to (i.e. with dimension and perfect pitch – not just beginning to end singing loudly which does not a great note make). So, to me, it is no contest. I’m sorry if you feel that is rude, but it is my opinion of the performances and I believe I’m entitled to it.

    • sara says:

      Thank you! I cannot believe how many people are fawning over this shrieking banshee. That is not singing. I actually feel sorry for the people who seem to think it is.

    • TwinkleDot says:

      Totally agree with you!! “Caterwauling” is the perfect way to describe that hot mess of a song. I’m sorry, I’m sure Jacqui’s a lovely girl and she does have a nice voice when it’s not shrieking all the freakin’ time. I just can’t forgive her for what she did to “Angel” the other week. Team Tessanne all the way!

    • Teeny Bikini says:

      I don’t usually mind her um… obsession with high notes, etc. but tonight was just ridiculata. I could not stop wincing during Back to Black, especially at the end and the last song was tortured.

    • StupidPeopleShutUp says:

      You took the words right out of my mouth. I agree with every word you said. She’s a very talented girl–extremely talented–but she’s very young, she oversings and everyone of those songs, particularly the last one, was much too big for her. Giving it an A+ only illustrates the problem with competitons like this. She is way too young to be singing this kind of material.

      • interestedobserver says:

        Someone finally said it. Jacqui Lee singing Back to Black is like Metallica doing It’s Not Easy Being Green. Song choices do matter.

      • TracieM72 says:

        I do agree that she is talented and could have a great future, but she needs some vocal coaching (real coaching that focuses on the subtlety of her strengths). I think having Christina as a coach was likely a disservice to Jacquie. Christina tried to coach her into being a mini-Xtina and she could definitely get there, but every song doesn’t have to have the high pitch, long, drawn out power notes from beginning to end. A song should build to that and it makes it all the more powerful. Christina just wanted to have as many of those moments as possible and only picked songs where she could include them. There was no range to Jacquie’s song choices, each song sounded exactly like the last. She’s very young and very talented from a vocal standpoint, but I think she needs some work on range and on subtlety.

      • Tom22 says:

        The material can sometimes be turned to a different meaning than the actual lyrics. It needs to be a coherent meaning start to finish and at least pull on some words if not the full sentences.

        You also need people listening who don’t take things as literally and are more inclined to take statements figuratively based on tone of voice etc.

        Jordin Sparks was similarly young and inexperienced but did an absolutely wonderful performance of the song with what seemed more like a daughter forgotten as a divorced Dad. (a dad how left her and her mom behind and found a new love to devote attentions to.. some of which were petty shallow types of attentions)

    • The Beach says:

      Hey Michael. put down the wine and re-listen to Jacquie’s last song. You might want to seriously rethink that A+.

    • lala says:

      That song was too mature for Jacqui. She screamed and kicked but it didn’t convey the emotion needed to make me believe. B for effort and bravery.

  7. Cathi says:

    Does anybody know that Tesla none has already recorded an album in Jamaica?

    • analythinker says:

      Yes. So has Will, and Caroline. I’m sure Austin or someone else has too. Not in Jamaica, though.

    • BC says:

      Most of The Voice artists have recorded an album before. Caroline, Will, Kat, Olivia, etc..

    • Cip says:

      What’s your point Cathi? That doesn’t take away from the fact she is clearly the best. There are no rules on The Voice that say you cant record an albumn in order to enter the contest. Just look at Cassadee Pope

    • sd says:

      Caroline had an ep that was showing up on itunes albums in the top 200 during the show. This whole they already have an album out is getting old and tired now. The Voice accept people who have music biz experience. The Voice winner Cassadee Pope had a band and opened for Fall Out Boys and toured with them BEFORE she won her season.

    • Teeny Bikini says:

      Yes, most of the contestants have albums. It’s not against the rules.

    • matt says:

      I wonder if this means Cee-Lo could be a contestant next year lol

  8. Rex Master says:

    Jacquie for the win!

  9. Canadian Fan says:

    Tessanne won the night hands down. She will be crowned the winner tomorrow for sure. Well deserved!

  10. Scarlett says:

    They are each special in their own way but, man, Tessanne! I think she deserves the win. “I Have Nothing” is a powerhouse of a song and she blew me away with it.

  11. CA says:

    Tessanne or Jacquie!

  12. Mark says:

    These contestants deserved better song choices, instead of retreads that have been performed to death on this and similar shows. All three sang very well-especially in the final round, but it was all so predictable. How much better would an Adam and Will dueling piano rendition of Honky Cat have been? Adam and Tessanne doing If I Never See Your Face Again? Jacqui doing something by Gin Wigmore? It was all too safe, too predictable, too unimaginative. We deserved better. They deserved better.

  13. Jeremy says:

    I’m a Jacquie’s fan from the beginning but sorry, And I Am Telling You did not deserve an A+. Christina seriously screwed her up with all of the song choices. Now, Tessanne’s gonna take the title home (she’s worth it anyway). Good job, Christina.
    Arggg, I’m so pissed right now.

  14. Em says:

    For some reason, I felt like Jacquie was at her worst tonight. “Back to Black” was SO screechy, I couldn’t really get past it. I haven’t hated her all season but tonight, I just didn’t see why I would even begin to like her. Maybe that’s a little harsh, but not one of her best nights. I thought she did “Back to Black” better in her blinds, IMO. And her song with Christina seemed a little off.
    Tessanne was fantastic in every song she did tonight. I love Will, and he did great, but I feel like the two powerhouse women are really going to outshine him, which is a shame.
    It’s weird, because I haven’t been a huge Tessanne fan before, but tonight they had songs which really made her shine, which is what you need for a finale (drrrr.)
    Okay, time for me to step off of my soapbox.

    • Teeny Bikini says:

      This WAS her worst night. Her inexperience definitely showed tonight.

    • The Beach says:

      Was it just me or did the end of Back to Black go on…and on…and on…and on?

      • Tyler says:

        It wasn’t you and yes–it did.

      • bobsaccamanna says:

        and so did Christina’s critique after Back to Black ..on and on and on and on and on ..the more she talked, the more I couldn’t stand a performance that I already couldn’t stand before she started talking

        • Tyler says:

          LOL. And did you see how she slammed Will after he sang his first song? You’re too much in your head. Bottom 3. Xtina really showed her true colors tonight.

          • Mary says:

            Wow I guess you don’t like Xtina. I don’t think she slammed Will but she was trying to find a nice way of saying that song was not good. If she had said it sucked you would of bashed her for being to mean. Adam’s critique was not that great for Will either and he went on and on about Tessanne but nobody gave him grief. I find it amusing how many can’t be objective when opinions differ or if they do not like a certain coach they take it out on a contestant. Maybe that is why there aren’t successful winners. Just a thought.

          • Tyler says:

            I don’t think I’m the only one who doesn’t like Xtina so I’m not sure why you’re surprised. I think certain coaches like Xtina make a huge impact on their contestant’s performance. So it’s not like we’re taking it out on the contestant because the coaches had a lot to do with the performance too. And I find it interesting how some people who like certain coaches are incapable of seeing when a contestant is being slammed by another coach.

        • matt says:

          Yes, and did you guys know that Jacquie Lee is only 16? I kept forgetting that, I was glad Christina reminded me.

          • rolichan says:

            wait… WHAT?! she’s only 16??

            WHY DID NO ONE TELL US?!?!?!

            i’m actually sadly glad that this season is over. looking forward to the return of shakira and her honest hips.

      • abz says:

        Nope it wasn’t just you. This is why I hate reprises. It’s 50/50. They can either do it better the second time around or ruin the first good impression they gave with the song and I’d say with all three of them, I thinkthey did them all better during the Blinds.

  15. Kaba says:

    Pardon me while I go on my seasonal Adam rant finally. He’s been keen to hide his true colors this season. While I can understand and agree with anyone’s discontent with Christina’s frequent (yet much more…controlled?) bitchiness to other contestants outside of her team I refuse to beat her up over her flaws like I do with Adam. Of ALL 5 seasons I have never witnessed any other coach throw their own contestants under the bus like Adam does. In fact, he’s the only one that ever does it. We ALL heard that “Winning isn’t what truly matters” speech he gave Will, right? The same speech he gave Katrina Parker, and Casey Weston back in seasons 1 & 2? Just for the sake of propelling the person he’s more invested in. Let’s look back to earlier just this season when Donna Allen was given the kiss of death that comes with age-ism when he paired her against Tessanne? Yeah, ridiculous. I honestly feel like Will was only ever truly treated like he was on genuine equal footing with his contestants when he was on Team Christina for that one week. I’ll never say I can applaud or condone Christina’s bitchiness, but at least she believes in the integrity of her own singers and evidently respects them a LOT more than Adam at least to the point where you won’t expect her to throw her own under the bus. She can bitch out all the other teams she wants so long as she isn’t blatantly intending to throw her own in the trash.
    Jeeze

    • JM says:

      For once, we agree, Kaba.

    • sd says:

      Well maybe Will can take comfort in the fact that you don’t have to win one of these shows to succeed. Look at One Direction who came in third in their season of the X Factor.

    • Teeny Bikini says:

      This. It is absolutely despicable.

    • Kimbo says:

      Kaba. You’ve said it ALL.

    • Remember when they had to assign judges points to each of the artists, and everyone else gave their artists 50/50 or 51/49 but Adam gave 65 points to Javier and 35 points to Casey? Lol. He plays favorites.

      • Kaba says:

        Oh my God I know. That was the 1st moment when I knew I couldn’t stand Adam as a coach. Actually it was the week prior to that evil he pulled when he admitted he was choosing a weaker person to save for the sake of making Javier win.

    • sd says:

      Simon on American Idol used to do this all the time–pronounce who was the winner and who was going home. The difference of course, was that he was not a coach for any of the singers on the show but a judge of them all. Ceelo did the same thing with Caroline when he pretty much critiqued her Leaving on a Jet plane. But this is not the first time with Adam–He bought up the flaws in Will’s performance and kept bringing up James’ cold a couple weeks. It’s just his personality.

      I think he genuinely is not putting much stock in this competition being the be all and the end all in an artist career and knows winning or losing it won’t mean much to someone like Will. What he sees in Will is a workhorse who’s going to have a music career because he’s determined to have one. Plus this was obviously a way for Will to get publicity more than anything else because he has plenty of connections due to his father’s band Chicago and could easily get a record deal at any point in time.

      • Kaba says:

        See, I don’t see what exactly there is to defend about what Adam just did. If he doesn’t see it as the be-all end-all then he wouldn’t be so insisting on promoting Tessanne over Will and would just manage to be as fair with both of them as he can manage. Rather, he legitimately can’t help but contain his excitement for Tessanne winning. Awesome, but if this is how you’ll treat your other contestants, no. And this is something he does all the way back to the battle rounds.
        I would never compare CeeLo being constructive to Adam being painfully subjective. I don’t understand why a coach shouldn’t be criticizing their own contestants if it’s necessary. That’s essentially encouraging excellency, don’t mind that.
        What Adam does is just despicable.

    • Charlie says:

      While I love Tessanne, and believe she deserves the win this season, I was shocked that Adam didn’t even try to disguise his blatant favoritism! His choosing of Tessanne over Will immediately reminded me of Haymitch choosing Katniss over Peeta (HG fans).

      • The Beach says:

        Wait til Adam has kids. He’ll probably play favorites with them too.

      • Mapa says:

        will is the true winner! He made it this far despite constantly being thrown under the bus by that joke of a coach

        • Angie_Overrated says:

          Yeah, except that Tessanne smoked the competition tonight. No one stands a chance after what Tessanne did tonight. I said last week that Tessanne merely has to refrain from pooping herself on stage to win this. Not only did she not poop herself, but she’s #1 on iTunes and totally killed it tonight.

    • bobsaccamanna says:

      and a few weeks earlier he threw James under the bus too, but this week with Will, it was blatant. Listen Adam lost all credibility on this show the moment he said that James was so good he could sing with Queen. If Freddy Mercury hadn’t all ready been dead that comment would have killed him.

      • Kaba says:

        And I’m mad again. I agree so much.
        To hell with Adam! I say we spartan kick the man into a maximum security prison cell then hide the key in the endless abyss that is Judith Hill’s hair.

    • matt says:

      I concur, well-said Kaba, Christina is a much more loyal coach than Adam. i think they are opposites that way, Christina is too loyal, and Adam not nearly enough, always picking favorites, as you say.

  16. Angie_Overrated says:

    Congratulations to Tessanne Chin, the winner of season 5 on The Voice!

  17. ajintexas says:

    If Tessanne wins it will be another Jermaine Paul situation. Witness Protection Program level of fame.

  18. Sara says:

    Tessanne!!! I had goosebumps and tears from I Have Nothing. Wow. Amazing! And Let it Be?! I did not see the little Reggae twist coming and it was perfect! Tessanne for the win, hands down!

  19. Andrew says:

    Well it was a good season congrats to team Adam and Tessanne for the win.. Good song choices for a change for Adam… Btw she’s already #11 and 24 on itunes looking like another chart topper for her

  20. tvpeong says:

    I love you Michael. Truly do. sometimes I don’t even watch some shows and just depend on your recap. But no sir…not at all was Jacquie was on the same level as Tessanne, or even Will tonight. Jacquie has a great voice but both songs were too big for her. Tessanne might as well have just dropped the mic and closed the show with that performance of I Have Nothing. Jacquie will have her day but tonight was not it.

  21. ETG says:

    There is no question that Tessanne has the best voice of the three finalists. However, I think that Jacquie’s age and the fact that she sounds like every other artist that young people are listening to will propel her to the win. Needless to say, I will not be buying any of her music; when I hear her sing, it is like the treble is turned ALL the way up and the bass ALL the way down. There is absolutely no depth or richness to her voice, and her nasally twang would rival any that I hear in country music. Nevertheless, I am convinced she will win.

  22. Kaba says:

    Anyways, lemme say something about tonight more:
    Round 1 went to Jacquie for me…minus the last 10 seconds when she decided to show people what it actually sounds like when she actually screams in a song.
    Round 2 went to…..I hated them all. I literally was able to power through “Let it Be” thanks to that reggae breakdown…that ought to been longer.
    Round 3 was Tessannes with Jacquie following QUITE closely.
    I felt like I was watching American Idol.

  23. I thought Jacquie won round 1, Will kind of won round 2, and Tessanne won round 3. I was shocked that Tessanne was able to get me on my feet for such an overdone song as I Have Nothing. I thought it was the best rendition of that song I’ve seen on reality tv, even better than Vonzell’s or Leona’s. I really liked Jacquie Lee’s version of I Am Telling You, but unfortunately, Jennifer Holliday, Jennifer Hudson, Lakisha Jones, Jessica Sanchez, Bianca Ryan, and Tamyra Grey all sang it better than her.

  24. Denise says:

    My husband (who does not watch any of the singing competitions) came from the other room to see Tessanne singing “I Have Nothing”. His exact words, “Damn, she can sing!” I agree, no one has ever been able to do that kind of justice to a Whitney song.

    • Angie_Overrated says:

      That rendition of Whitney was DOPE! Most of these singing show contestants fall flat on their faces attempting Whitney. Tessanne was… words fail me. Tessanne is amazing. It was right up there with the best of the best. I’m so happy for her.

      • ajintexas says:

        Dope? The 90′s called and want their stupid word back.

        • Angie_Overrated says:

          And here I was thinking we were discussing the show, not tossing around attacks for no apparent reason. Have anything to add about the performances, or are you just here to be a jerk?

        • bobsaccamanna says:

          If the 90′s take their word back then we will have to come up with another word to describe you ajintexas, and that would be a shame, because dope fits you so perfectly.

      • Terry says:

        I liked when she said she decided to make it a tribute to Whitney, I think that helped tremendously for her to hit it out of the ball park! I don’t even like that song because it’s been done to death on these singing shows but I found myself applauding Tessanne with a huge smile on my face. I’ll be very disappointed if she doesn’t win tomorrow night.

  25. Angie_Overrated says:

    I was so happy with Tessanne’s duet with Adam Levine. She sounded awesome, we got some reggae funk infused Beetles, and Adam missed his high note not once, not twice, but three times! It was a smashing success on all fronts.

  26. Teeny Bikini says:

    Oh, Michael, you just can’t help yourself, can ya? The last half of Back to Black was a pitchy, screechy mess and I Have Nothing – karaoke not-at-its-best. It’s probably the most ordinary rendition I’ve heard of that song. I give the show an F for ALL of the song choices. “I’ll Be There” – was a hot mess. I really wish they hadn’t. And it was really hard to vote for Tessanne when she negates all of her last 4 weeks of coolness with the banal, played out, ever-so-80′s power ballad nonsense. I have no idea what kind of artist she wants to be. She sounds fine on I Have Nothing – I just find it hard to hear that song at all. Disappointed….

  27. Sara says:

    Seriously Adam you say Tessanne is the winner while Will is about to perform? You know you can think that and obviously tell Tessanne that …but telling America before your next contestant goes on is crappy. Also giving him that Bryan Adams song? He wanted him to lose. He knew will’s momentum is picking up…ugh

    • Laurie says:

      You need to give Adam more credit than that. Maybe he gets to see vote totals from week to week, knows Will is lagging behind the girls and wanted to drum up some last minute pity votes for him, whilst making Tessanne fans complacent by declaring her the winner already.

      • Sara says:

        No actually I don’t. Whether or not he was getting pity votes still doesn’t account for him to say that. Like I said, fine tell her that, but not the world before your other singer goes on stage. Tacky. No other way to call it…

    • Teeny Bikini says:

      “but telling America before your next contestant goes on is crappy” 1000% agree with this. So so disrespectful and underhanded and *unnecessary*.

  28. El_Kaws says:

    Jacquie needs to more credit. She’s seriously phenomenal.

  29. Johnna says:

    Jacquie was a hot damn mess.Singing I have Nothing was a joke.You need rhythm heart and soul to sing such a power ballad,all of which she does not possess.T-Chin FTW.As much as I like Will I think he is fighting for third.Please for all that is holy do nor let screaming mimi who thinks yelling lyrics are singing.Jacquie winning would be a damn disgrace and i’m so sick of these little teenage wannabees winning the voice without ever really paying their dues before success is bestowed upon them.

  30. Laurie says:

    Tessanne and Jacquie were both great. Will… well… he was pretty underwhelming. One of the girls should win. I’m thinking Tessanne (that’s honestly the BEST I’ve ever heard Whitney sung on one of these shows), but both are worthy. Jacquie’s second performance was excellent, too.

  31. abbyhope says:

    i think Will was the most talented *musician* left in the competition, but vocally, Tessanne has been amazing all season. Jacqui has a bright, bright future and I wish her well… but, assuming Will has no (real) chance tomorrow, I so hope that Tessanne takes the title and takes my radio by storm! :)

    • ETG says:

      I like Will because he is a musician and an artist, as well as a pretty decent singer; my problem with him, though, has been that ALWAYS thinks that “higher note = better” and that is just NOT the case!!!! Several times this season when I thought he had a performance in the bag, he BLEW it by losing control on a sky-high note that he did NOT have to attempt. I just don’t get it.

  32. Kimbo says:

    This night was brought to you by the word “gimmick”.
    Because if I have to hear: 16, Jamaica, or “Your daughter” one more time tonight I’ll just off the Golden Gate.
    Seriously, all 3 of them have an annoying gimmick that I’m tired of being thrown at me. While I understand Tessanne is from Jamaica…I just. want. to. hear. her. SING.
    Jacquie is 16, we get it.
    Will is the underdog with a cute cute daughter. That doesn’t mean we need another “Who I Am” staging gimmick ploy to give him votes. Damn.

    • ETG says:

      Hahahaha!!!! Yep, there has been more schmaltz this season than Schlitz ever had in their beer…..

    • Angie_Overrated says:

      I agree with your assessments on the gimmicks for Jacquie and Will, but for Tessanne I think the reggae thing is more her musical identity rather than a silly gimmick. I really enjoyed her reggae take on “Let it Be.”

      • Kaba says:

        I admit I pushed it with Tessanne and reggae. More specifically, just the fact that she’s from Jamaica has been bludgeoned into our heads. Reggae is a musical style, awesome. We don’t need tidbit reminders of her being Jamaican, it almost (for me) made her come off as a parody of herself when we kept being reminded about Jamaica. But that was just bound to happen, c’est la vie.

      • Kimbo says:

        Or we can instead have my name mistakenly swapped around. Lovely.

      • matt says:

        I hope she doesn’t pigeonhole herself into reggae only after the show. Her voice is much too good for that. Unless it’s true soul reggae, like Bob Marley, and not that dancehall crap.

    • Teeny Bikini says:

      @Kimbo. Get out of my head :) You are literally reading my mind… This show annoyed on a lot of levels.

    • abz says:

      Agreed. So happy this season is almost done so I never have to hear about how Jacquie is 16 years old or how she’s the youngest singer or any of the repetitive nonsense that constantly comes out of Carson’s mouth!

  33. Kevin says:

    Mini Selena Gomez needs to learn control. All the song choices made feel tonight is thankful for the great song choices Alex and Siera choose on xfactor. And xfactor is barely watchable.

    • Kimbo says:

      I’m trying to figure out what isn’t redundant about telling a 16 year old they need to learn control. Because they’re known for control in the first place? Oh

  34. CK says:

    I’m rooting for Tessanne, but I do feel like Jacquie was given a disservice with “And I’m telling you”. Let’s be honest, that’s a shout number. Don’t even approach that song if don’t sound remotely good shouting, because you pretty much have to shout 80% of the song. Jacquie, unfortunately, comes off as extremely screechy when she shout-sings. And I’m not going to even touch the horrible cuts that they made for Tessanne’s and Jacquie’s songs to make time for questions from twitter and that awful coach performance. “I Have Nothing”s second verse, to me is one of the highlights of the song, and the cut of “And I’m telling you” was just awkward at best. It was like they decided, “ok, let’s use both of the highpoints of the song, including the one added in the movie, but let’s not put anything between to bridge them”.

    • Teeny Bikini says:

      That song needs to be sung by a woman, not a girl. *All* of the meaning was lost.

      • Tom22 says:

        Jordin Sparks did a wonderful reinterpretion of it from a girls perspective.. maybe a girl left behind by a father who divorced her mother etc. People aren’t locked into lyrics so literally…
        …but, I don’t think Jaquie brought anything at all to the song really. There are ways but they didn’t happen to me either.

  35. Kaba says:

    I seriously had a hard time enjoying tonight considering I knew the songs in advance and was nothing but fearsome for Tessanne and Jacquie. Thankfully both delivered…but I seriously couldn’t bring myself to enjoy it in the moment.

  36. Sergio says:

    Can someone tell me the webpage to check the itunes chart?

  37. Douglas says:

    Adam just throw will under the bus, so disrespectful. anyway, congrats tess, another winner, another flop.

  38. Angie_Overrated says:

    I agree with all the grades except the A+ for “And I’m telling you.” I give it an A+ for effort, but no, it didn’t work for me. A 16 year old white girl should not be attempting that song. It requires a husky soul sound that most white women never have (but occasionally they do), and certainly no 16 year old in the history of human vocal cords will ever have. I thought Jacquie did a fine job, but I was kind of grinding my teeth hoping it would end sooner rather than enjoying it.

    • Kaba says:

      Hmm. I wonder how you felt about Jessica Sanchez’s take then. Not for argument’s sake, just to see if she did it justice at least.

      • Angie_Overrated says:

        Jessica Sanchez NAILED it. i did not expect her to, but she was awesome. Again, I think she was a bit limited by her age (cords like hers need to age like a fine wine), but I’d give her performance a solid A. Ms Sanchez is a vocal freak of nature, and I say that as a term of endearment.

        • Kaba says:

          Amen to that. While I’m not arguing that the song wasn’t a bad idea in theory for Jacquie (being 100% honest, in my pre-finale song choice anxiety I imagined this being a duet for Jacquie and Christina just last night…so I was pretty amazed that I semi-predicted this) her voice just isn’t developed in the right areas for it. Though, that isn’t me saying that she can’t eventually grow to suit the song. Her voice gives indications of being well suited to that kind of music and I believe age will give her an amazing gift. Quite honestly, if Jacquie worked hella hard on developing her voice in the next 4-5 years I can imagine it being better than Tessanne’s. But this song just didn’t…idk. I liked and hated it while being scared for her through the entire song.

    • Teeny Bikini says:

      @Angie_Overrated. LOL! So how do you really feel? No, she did do a “fine” job – by “fine” to you mean dreadful ;) It’s hard to get the meaning of the song unless you’ve been “through something.” If you know what I mean?

      • Angie_Overrated says:

        Well, “fine” in the way I’m sure I can do a “fine” job yodeling. I mean, I’m sure I could if I really needed to, but you wouldn’t want me on top of the Matterhorn, let’s just put it that way. It was “fine” in the sense that it was mostly competent.

  39. The love affair for Jacquie is so disturbing. How they let her close the show with that note missing screamfest after Tessanne killed Whitney in every nuance, pitch, and warble is beyond me. Adam threw Will under the bus. And everybody lost with horrible old song choices tonight. But Adam gets a second thumbs down for making Let It Be reggae in a silly gimmicky performance of a song that he knows is sacred ground.

    • Teeny Bikini says:

      Thank you. I didn’t really like Let It Be for the following reasons: a) Adam, b) a guitar solo, c) totally contrived reggae thing. I really like that song stripped down. I think she plays guitar. All she had to do was stand there and play guitar and sing. Be it was just so overdone for me. And thumbs down to gimmicky reggae. Boo to that.

  40. Kaba says:

    I’m literally so sick and tired of Adam’s antics that I pretty much wish Tessanne was on another team so I wouldn’t have to give him his “coach win”. It’s exactly how I feel with Alex and Sierra on Xfactor and Simon. Nonetheless, I refuse to let my disdain for a coach come in the way of who I enjoyed.

    • bobsaccamanna says:

      @ Kaba. Funny you should mention Alex and Sierra, I hadn’t been watching X Factor at all this season because the judges make it so unwatchable, but a few weeks while channel surfing I happened to pop in on it while Alex and Sierra were singing You’re the One That I Want from Grease. They are incredible I wish I had been watching all season, just my opinion but I think they are better than any of the final three on The Voice.

      • Kaba says:

        Their body of works are infinitely better but I’m not so sure I’d count the top 3 out yet…except Will.
        I think they’re all on equal footing but Alex and Sierra definitely have a better perceived view because they blend well and have perfect chemistry that spills over into their performances amazingly.

  41. albean99 says:

    I just can’t take the diva songs. Will may not win but he’s my favorite and I thought he was solid tonight. I kind of wish he’d done At Last again but maybe it sold too many on itunes previously. I’m hoping for Tessanne if not Will & loved her duet with Adam. Jacquie was too screechy again (and I used to love her) plus Christina gets on my last nerve so hoping she doesn’t win.

  42. Sty Lin says:

    3 words: Jessica. Freakin. Sanchez.

  43. MM says:

    Jacquie is by far the best 16 year old in the competition.

  44. analythinker says:

    No one even thought of doing a stripped-down acoustic performance for the finale. I don’t understand the need to go big all the time. Singing it slow actually shows people’s VOICES more.

    • Angie_Overrated says:

      That’s my criticism of all these shows. It’s always about being big in nearly every single performance. It drives me NUTS! I don’t want to hear glory notes in “Angel” or “Bridge over Troubled Waters.” So inappropriate. I blame it not on the performers, but rather on the game itself.

      • Kaba says:

        Amen. I’m honestly amazed stripped down performances weren’t abused. From the looks from patterns of previous seasons, stripped down performances are the most heavily rewarded performances even if the person doesn’t have the most amazing voice. They’re just infinitely more intimate.

      • analythinker says:

        Yeah. Didn’t the producer notice how quicker slower songs climb on the charts? (James’ A Case of You and Cole’s Let Her Go came to mind.)

  45. Kaba says:

    Also, while I am a big Jacquie fan this season. I saw EVERY ounce of fear in that girl’s face when she missed her first big note in “Back to Black” and she then proceeded to only slightly hit her other big notes before finally getting back into the groove of the song toward the end..then making it weird. Like…I saw her leg shaking as she sat down.
    We Remain was nice, the message is nice. The song is nothing memorable tbh, top 10 on itunes fodder. Not that exciting for a performance on these shows. Then “And I Am Telling You”. I liked it, but it doesn’t suit her voice, if we’re going to go for songs from the American Idol playbook she ought to have sang “I Who Have Nothing”. It just feels more in her range.

    • Angie_Overrated says:

      Yeah, I was rooting for Jacquie, but tonight was not her night. She wasn’t terrible, but I think both of the other finalists left her in the dust. It was most painfully apparent when they sang the Jackson 5 song. She just flubbed the entire song while Will and Tessanne sounded like professionals. I think — honestly — what she needs to do is study piano or another instrument. I think her biggest problem isn’t actually her voice, is that’s she’s a bit lacking in musicality. Zeroing in on pitch would be one major way to fix her problems vocally.

    • Kimbo says:

      I wouldn’t give her that song at all. o.o

  46. John says:

    I’m sorry…I don’t get the A+ for Jacqui. She got to the end of the bridge and completely dropped the momentum. If she had the intensity and power from the end through the entire song, I would get it, but she didn’t. The song’s not really believable from a 16 year old either. That’s not to say she’s is not a great singer, because she is, but that wasn’t a flawless performance. Jacqui won round one, but Tessanne won rounds two and three.

  47. JM says:

    Adam is a douche bag for declaring Tessanne the winner right before Will went on. Tessanne was embarrassed by the statement and then cut to Will looking sooo sad right before the commercial. And as if that wasn’t enough, Adam goes on to say that making it to the finale was a win for Will, because he’s been through so much (including the knockout punch Adam just gave you). Argh!!!!

    Round 1 Winner: No one. Thought all three were problematic. Methinks there were sound/technical issues, because they kept grabbing their earpieces.

    Round 2 Winner: Will. Loved that rendition of ‘Tiny Dancer’.

    Round 3 Winner: Tessanne by a mile. NO ONE, and I repeat, NO ONE has ever done that song justice like Whitney–until now. Blew. me. away.

    I don’t mind if Tessanne or Will wins, but Jacquie really doesn’t deserve it.

    • ETG says:

      I’ve never liked Tiny Dancer, but that was Will’s best performance tonight because he reined it in.

    • Teeny Bikini says:

      You had me at “Adam is a douche.” :) I agree.

    • Angie_Overrated says:

      Adam = douche. It’s a mathematical fact, like pi = 3.14159.

      Agreed on round 1 and 3, but I think round 2 was pretty evenly matched with Tessanne and Will. They both sounded polished and impressive.

      • Kaba says:

        Adam is the culmination of everything you shouldn’t look for in a coach. Packaged into 1 giant problem. Next season is going to piss me off, I just know it. After Tessanne wins contestants are going to be practically throwing themselves at him.

      • JM says:

        ‘Adam = douche. It’s a mathematical fact, like pi = 3.14159.’

        LOL!!!

  48. Leondre says:

    Well that was disappointing…

    I was hoping for a big showdown between the final 3, but instead we got Tessanne dominating, OK preformances from Will, and Jackie screaming and screeching. And Adam should have found something else to say to Will instead of saying he’s basically not going to win.

    Anyways, congrats to Tessanne. I actually think Will will place second ahead of Jacquie. There were way more negative comments about her preformances on twitter than will’s

  49. Inigo says:

    people keep using that word, “screechy.” I do not think it means what you think it means.

    • Angie_Overrated says:

      Yeah, I’ve learned to tune that one out finally. The people who keep throwing down the “screechy” card have no clue what they’re talking about. There are a lot of legitimate criticisms you can level Jacquie with, but screechy is not a legitimate one.

      • sd says:

        I’m not a singer so maybe it’s the incorrect term but Jacquie has a tone of voice that gets shrill as she goes higher. It sounds very thin and not that pleasant. That high pitch sound is what I’d describe as a screech if someone was talking with that tone which is why I use it to describe her voice.

        • Angie_Overrated says:

          It’s just “harsh.” She’s lacking some finesse and breath support. I am a singer and I know exactly what she’s doing wrong. The good news for her is she’s young and the problem she’s having with the thinness you describe is actually a very easy problem to fix. She’s a young, talented woman and she’s gonna have an amazing voice in the next year or two. A good voice teacher can fix all of this quickly.

      • S. says:

        You’re the one with no clue what you’re talking about so quit acting like your opinion is fact. Some of us saying “screechy” have musical training and it’s our opinion she’s got technical issues with her vocal performance. Deal with it. You’re the one in charge of deciding what is a legitimate criticism? I’ll know to ask you the next time I criticize or get criticized. I’d love to know your view on the legitimacy of it. I don’t know that Jacquie realizes the problem she’s got. Surely she’d have been told it by now. Why haven’t they said something? I think Xtina’s passive aggressive. She’d like a female to win who isn’t gonna offer as much competition in the market place.

        • Bri says:

          I’m one without musical training and even I can recognize that “screechy” is the utmost idiotic term to use to describe her vocals. It sounds juvenile to describe it like that, almost as if you were in a fit of rage that you couldn’t summon up a more educated word to define the problem with some of the notes she hits.
          Especially considering EVERYONE knows what a genuine damn screech sounds like, it just sounds so stupid. When I think of a screech I think of pterodactyls, falcons, dying birds, etc. Not the vocals of a 16 year old girl with a subjectively grating upper register.

    • ETG says:

      I wouldn’t use the term screechy to describe Jacquie; to me, it is a more tinny, nasally sound, and it is REALLY irritating!!!!!

    • albean99 says:

      Alright, what’s your definition? To me it’s screechy when it’s painful to hear. I like Jacquie’s voice until she gets to that point and she does get there way too often.

      • Angie_Overrated says:

        I think “abrasive” is the word you want. An example of a screech would be Will Champlin on last week’s “Carry On” performance. Will really redeemed himself tonight though. He sounded great.

        • albean99 says:

          I don’t agree about Will being screechy but okay. Still think Jacquie gets there whatever you call it. :)

          • Angie_Overrated says:

            Well, you asked what the definition of screechy is. I gave you a perfect example. I can’t help it that you don’t like the facts. :)

        • Mary says:

          My TV must of been off because I thought Will’s first performance was all over the place. He sounded off and the last performance was a little better but still not great. His duet was good. I never understood why Will made it this far. 1st round I gave to Jacquie, 2nd Will and Adam, and third a tie between Tessanne and Jacquie. I enjoyed Jacquie performance a little more than Tessanne only because I am so sick of that song. She sang it great but I ended up tuning it out.
          Would of prefer a different one for Jacquie too.

    • Ginger Snap says:

      I’m not going to use the words screaming or screeching. It’s what Melinda says – sing on pitch. And everything doesn’t have to be sung like you have a borderline personality disorder. Sing on pitch and stop the drama. Because at some point in every song JL starts to sound like nails on a chalkboard.

  50. Kaba says:

    Seriously…Adam ruined the entire finale for me when he pulled that bull he’s notorious for pulling.
    I’ve never seen one coach pick “chosen one”s as much as Adam does. And it’s not like he even makes the effort to look like he isn’t picking favorites.
    Seriously, screw replacing Christina, just replace Adam with Usher. Usher’s better than him anyways.

    • JM says:

      Okay, I’m going to check my temperature, because this is the second time I’ve agreed with you. Usher is MUCH better than Adam.

      • Kaba says:

        When I’m fully invested in someone for a season I’m more biased than Michael at his worse. Pardon me insanity for this entire season, I was probably overall more wrong than right but too stubborn to acknowledge myself for being wrong (except for last season. I’ll sooner be killed in battle than admit that Michelle wasn’t the best that season).
        Seriously though, there need to be SO many more Usher’s on the show. He gives great song choices (generally) and just cares so much more for his contestants while heavily encouraging camaraderie.

        • LLL says:

          My problem with Usher is his focus on R&B contestants. Combine that with Blake’s focus on country music, and I’ve got a lot of yuck to suffer through each show.

          • Kaba says:

            Except Usher powered to the finale with an indie-rocker covering top 100 itunes hits that were anything but R&B songs.
            His team was rounded out with 1 R&B artists who shouldn’t have been there in the first place.
            So I’m not sure I can agree about his focus on R&B vocalists

          • LLL says:

            Kaba, you’re probably right. I of course remember Usher’s success with Michelle, but I guess I thought he picked a bunch of R&B singers during the auditions that were eliminated during the various non-live rounds.

        • Tyler says:

          @Kaba: Well, Adam must be doing something right because all 3 of his contestants were in the Top 5 and two of them are in the Top 3. And don’t give me that crap that he had talented contestants. Xtina had Matthew yet still managed to get him disposed of in the Top 6.

          • jones says:

            Still going to say it and it’s not crap.
            Adam had more talented contestants. And he had way more since the beginning that should still be here if not for the 3 artists per coach rule for the live rounds.
            Comparatively Blake, CeeLo and Xtina’s artists are weaker.

          • Kaba says:

            Because that justifies his regular habit of picking favorites and then openly throwing other hopeful contestants under the bus? Okay, he’s doing something right. Doesn’t mean he did anything to warrant respect after that. Especially considering nobody is happy about him doing that.

          • Kaba says:

            ” And don’t give me that crap that he had talented contestants.”
            I don’t even understand what you’re trying to say with this sentence. Why would I say he had talented contestants as if to say the other 48 hopefuls aren’t talented in their own respects? Maybe if you’d said something, idk, more intelligent like, “He had more 4 chair contestants” or, “His team was composed of mainly singers with preview performances”. Then I suppose you could shut me down on that, but…..?

        • JM says:

          That’s okay. I’m sure the artists appreciate your loyalty. BTW, I love Michelle, and she should have definitely won last season.

    • Usher, Skakira, Christina, and Blake is my dream panel. Though I might even replace Blake with Miranda :)

      • JM says:

        I don’t know about Shakira. I was very happy at first that she was on the panel, but then her strategy and song choices weren’t that great. But that was only one season so let’s see how she does in the next one.