The Voice Champ Tessanne Chin on Reggae-fied Beatles Tunes, the Drama of 'I Have Nothing' and the Heart & Adam Lambert Songs She Skipped!

Tessanne-Chin-the-voice“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.”

RELATED | ‘Reality Check’ Examine’s Tessanne’s Path to The Voice Victory, #TeamAdam Sabotage of Will, and X Factor‘s Nauseating Ending!

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.

RELATED | The Voice Season 5 Finale: 15 Additional Awards to Accompany Tessanne’s Win

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!)

Comments (37)

  • What a lovely girl. I wish her nothing but the very greatest success!

    Comment by Lumplestilskin – December 24, 2013 02:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Tess’ career will go nowhere. Unfortunately, as enjoyable and good as TV is, once again, it produced a winner who will NOT become the necessary commercial success that is the one thing the show desperately needs and ASAP!

      Her “coronation song” was terrible when it should have been as memorable as “A Moment Like This,” “Inside Your Heaven” or even the boorish but ear worm “Home.” All of which were HITS! within a week of first being sung on television.

      Tess has already started down the winner’s path of non-success than Candice Glover and Melanie Amaro entered and never emerged.

      Her 15 minutes have 5 left and singing her song on a New Year’s Day float isn’t likely going to let her hit the pause button in extending her fame.

      Comment by Ano Nymous – December 26, 2013 11:55 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • TROLL!!!!!

        Comment by The Seer – December 26, 2013 01:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Tess would have better luck in Europe where they would appreciate and understand the depth and range of her talent. America wants fluff and hysterical barbie lookalikes who all sound the same.

        Comment by dee – January 1, 2014 03:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • If we go buy the album she can be successful.people wait hours for a video game let’s break a record with her first album sale.see

      Comment by everton – December 31, 2013 09:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Lovely interview. Very natural,honest and funny.

    Comment by RD – December 24, 2013 02:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Michael, you hit the proverbial nail on the HEAD regarding there being something wrong with American media (and perhaps to an extent the buying public) thinking a “perfect” singer shouldn’t sell well and shouldn’t or can’t be “commercial”! Even though Adam Lambert is one of (if not THE) best male pop/rock singers alive and is still making inroads, he should already be at top star status in the music biz. When I see some pop stars (whom shall remain nameless here, we KNOW who they are) lip-synch performances left and right and sail to the top of the charts I KNOW it’s due to media hype and promotion.On the Voice this season I was rooting for Tessane. I wish her luck because as Lambert himself said, AFTER the show results is when the REAL work begins!” Thanks!

    Comment by queenrosered – December 24, 2013 03:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Tessanne is a hoot. Thanks for sharing the interview, Michael. Wish it was longer though. Loved it. Also enjoyed watching Reality Check. Melinda was a hoot too. Agree with everything she said.

    Comment by Tyler – December 24, 2013 03:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Just love her.

    Comment by Lori – December 24, 2013 04:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • She’s such a lovely person. I’m so pleased she won, and hope she can stay this grounded even with success.

    Comment by Cassandra – December 24, 2013 06:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Now I really want to hear her sing some Heart.

      Comment by Cassandra – December 24, 2013 06:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Great interview. I really hope Tessanne finds mainstream success.

    Comment by Megyn – December 24, 2013 06:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • No chance of that. Tess is already further out of the public’s mind than Candice Glover.

      Comment by Ano Nymous – December 26, 2013 11:56 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I wonder if Candice will ever release an album or if she’ll get Melanie Amaro’ed. Her release date has already been pushed back twice, and she isn’t even listed under the artists on Interscope’s website. I guess time will tell, but this isn’t American Idol nor X-Factor, it’s the Voice and I have no doubt that Tessanne will release an album in 2014 and hopefully find some success with it, in spite of negative nellies like you. heh.

        Comment by Terry – December 26, 2013 06:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Is Tessane Chinese Jamaican?

    Comment by Mick – December 24, 2013 06:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yes, she is Chinese, and Jamaican, but to us Jamaicans, she is Jamaican. We don’t distinguish. If you were born and/or grew up there, you are considered Jamaican, regardless of your race.

      Comment by Pinky – December 27, 2013 06:19 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I like that clarification. “Out of many one people”. No separation of the races. We don’t roll like that. We all belong to the human race.

        Comment by Sapphire – December 31, 2013 04:11 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • No. She is not “Chinese and Jamaican”. She is Jamaican. Mixed-race Jamaican of primarily Chinese descent, if you want to get technical. Chinese Jamaican if you want to be technical but simple. Calling her “Chinese and Jamaican” is liking calling me “African and Jamaican” because I am black Jamaican.

        Comment by Nina Nais (@nina_nais) – January 1, 2014 07:16 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Love her. Yay 2 vids this week! Thanks!!

    Comment by Teeny Bikini – December 24, 2013 07:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • She is so likeable! Love her accent, could listen to her for hours. Thanks Michael. Merry Christmas!

    Comment by Terry – December 24, 2013 07:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Michael, you have done the best interview with Tessanne Chin. Your interview gave us a insight of how she got to the top. The first time Adam herd her sing, he told her she could win the voice, your interview took us step by step to how he couch her to win. I hope she keep him close, he could help her when she need someone to help her with difficult choices.

    Comment by BJ – December 25, 2013 03:20 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Love her and glad she won but what exactly where they smoking? The laughter just seemed fake.

    Comment by Bobby Milford – December 26, 2013 09:33 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • No mention of her duet with Celine? Major fail Slezak.

    Comment by Ryan – December 26, 2013 11:17 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • She looks so much prettier and younger without the Voice makeup/costume/camera team. Not sure if it’s just getting rid of pounds of makeup or old lady outfits, but she looks SO much better this way.

    Comment by Amie – December 26, 2013 04:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Just curious but why didn’t he ask her why Tessanne didn’t bring Donna back for her group performance on the finale? She even mentioned how close they were so it was kinda weird that was no explanation for that oversight.

    Comment by Miss O'Ginny – December 27, 2013 04:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I think the finale was only for the top 20.

      Comment by Larry – December 27, 2013 07:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Miss O’Ginny, you think it’s the *contestants* that “bring back” competitors for the group performances on the finale??? How much power do you think the contestants have anyway? As you can see from Tessane’s exit interview with Slezak, they don’t even choose their own songs from week to week.

      Comment by Nina Nais (@nina_nais) – January 1, 2014 07:20 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Somehow this interview look so fake to me, Michael’s laugh just ain’t real. Hmmmm !! not convinced. but I know Tessanne is all real and genuine here, you go Tess, you deserve this win, despite what other people think…. If you put your trust in God, NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR YOU. You can do anything, once you put your mind, heart, soul and GOD in it…

    Comment by greg – December 27, 2013 08:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Tessanne Chin already has a great family & married life; grace & beauty on the inside and outside; and the good will & favor of her native countrymen and international fans. Her vocal abilities have made a lasting impact globally – not only by winning Season 5 of ‘The Voice’, but by leaving outstanding video-taped performances, which will be remembered and replayed for years to come. She also walked away with US$100,000; a brand new 4-wheel drive Kia auto; a recording contract with Universal Music Group, and royalties from some of the sales of her iTune songs. Moreover, she has a good chance of attaining a very lucrative singing career in 2014 and beyond. Congratulations Tessanne!
    “Count your many blessings, name them one by one, and it will surprise you what the Lord hath done” (Johnson Oatman Jr. 1897). As 2014 approaches, I pray that we all could be so blessed!

    Comment by PhilPhat – December 28, 2013 09:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Great comment. I got into the voice late into the season. I always thought she had an unfair advantage over the other contenders because of her musical background in Jamaica. In any event, I found her to be phenomenal; she has GOD on her side; she is very humble; she will do great in mainstream American music industry. I wish her all the best.

      Comment by Sapphire – December 31, 2013 04:19 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • What a lovely person, inside and out. Wish her all the best!

    Comment by JM – December 29, 2013 11:46 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Indeed, JM, she is lovely both inside and out and she worked hard to win this competition! May she reach the success that she most definitely deserves!

      Comment by My Alter Ego – December 29, 2013 05:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Great Interview!
    Hope you are interviewing Alex & Sierra too

    Comment by Becky – December 30, 2013 03:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I was a Jacquie fan first and foremost and her performances did it for me the most overall, but Tessanne DOES have a great voice, she is VERY talented (she did catch my ear all the way back at her audition as one to watch), and I hope she has a ton of success. It’s always a tricky thing, so we will see, hopefully she makes it. She seems very nice.

    Comment by HTGR – January 4, 2014 01:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • And much congrats to her on the win.

      Comment by HTGR – January 4, 2014 01:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I know I’m way behind on this, but what a fantastic interview! I had no idea how funny Tessanne is. Hilarious! I loved the part about trying not to choke on the confetti. Please bring her in as a guest on Reality Check sometime!

    Comment by cjc – January 14, 2014 07:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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