“Do you trust me?” That’s a question Tessanne Chin found herself frequently answering (in the affirmative) in conversations with coach Adam Levine during her winning run on Season 5 of The Voice.
Indeed, in her freewheeling TVLine interview, the Jamaican powerhouse reveals she was initially reluctant about her mentor’s choices on everything from her Battle Round cover of “Next to Me” to future iTunes smashes like “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and “I Have Nothing.”
Still, as Tessanne learned, it’s one thing to be a “rock chick” in real life, but it’s quite another to use song selection to showcase one’s range and win over a massive audience on a reality singing competition. “A great song is a great song,” she explains.
Press play below to hear about the tracks Tessanne considered (but ultimately rejected), her initial (hilarious) response to being matched against fellow diva Donna Allen in the Battles, what had her distracted during her duet with Caroline Pennell on “Royals,” and her unique take on The Voice‘s terrifying SwayBots. (And for upcoming, in-depth Q&As with Jacquie Lee, Caroline Pennell, James Wolpert and more, follow me on Twitter @MichaelSlezakTV!)