Tessanne voted into last 12 of ‘The Voice’

Tessanne Chin's memorable performance on Monday night has earned her a Top 12 spot on NBC's 'The Voice'

Tessanne Chin’s memorable performance on Monday night has earned her a Top 12 spot on NBC’s ‘The Voice’

by Jodee Brown

Jamaicans are breathing a collective sigh of relief as multitalented songstress, Tessanne Chin has advanced to the final 12 of BC’s hit talent show, The Voice.

The Kingston-born singer was one of two from her team headed by coach Adam Levine voted past the first phase of the live performance round, joining American singer, James Wolpert. Both Chin and Wolpert were spared of the agony of being amongst the three singers left to face Levine, as he was left with the choice of choosing between Preston Pohl, Will Champlin and Grey.

Ultimately, it was Champlin who received the vote of confidence from Levine to move on.

Prior to the voting, Tessanne and her teammates performed a rendition of the Capital Cities song, Safe and Sound to rousing approval.

Tessanne earned her votes following a moving, high octave performance of Many Rivers To Cross, the classic single by her mentor, Jimmy Cliff. She was considered by many analysts to be the headline performer of the night during her set Monday. Additionally, her rendition of Cliff’s song charted as high as 27th on the iTunes charts prior to the end of voting Tuesday morning.

The Top 12 will perform on Nov. 11 and Nov. 12 respectively as they compete for eight spots in the next phase of the live performance phase.

Tessanne closes first live show on ‘The Voice’ with a bang

Tessanne Chin hopes with your vote to make it to the final 12 of 'The Voice' following her first liver performance on Monday night..

Tessanne Chin hopes with your vote to make it to the final 12 of ‘The Voice’ following her first liver performance on Monday night..

by Jodee Brown

Make no mistake, Tessanne Chin is not on The Voicejust to represent Jamaica, she is a mission to become the newest universal sensation to come out of the island after her most stunning performance yet on the NBC talent show Monday night.

Tessanne, already a fan favorite on The Voice after progressing through a blind audition, a battle round and a knockout, left no doubt regarding her legitimacy as a top contender to win the talent show with a flawless set during the show’s live performance round. Following nine performers and a bevy of anticipation, the Hideawaysinger showcased herself as not only as arguably the best performer of the night, but tapped into her undoubted superstar potential that looks certain to be fulfilled, regardless of the show’s outcome.

Adding a bit of ‘yard’ flavor to the proceedings,Tessanne paid homage to one of her biggest mentors, legendary Reggae singer, Jimmy Cliff by performing his greatest hit, Many Rivers To CrossHaving performed covers of pop hits by Kelly Clarkson, Emeli Sande andPink in previous rounds, her switch to a more familiar sound only ingratiated her with audience members and judges that much more, belting out every high note effortlessly and leaving every bit of emotion on the stage.

Though several of her supporters and herself were moved to tears following this set, the judges were not surprised by her effort, particularly judge, Christina Aguilera.

“As amazing and incredible as that was, I was not surprised. I knew you were capable of those soaring vocals, I am a fan,”

Her coach, Adam Levine spoke just as much to her character as her talent, suggesting she has a ‘golden soul’ and is a ‘wonderful human being,’ while fellow judge, Cee-Lo Green even broke into Jamaican patois while expressing his satisfaction with the performance.

Now it is up to the viewing public to decide whether that performance is worthy of advancing as fans will have until 11 a.m. (Eastern Time) Tuesday morning to vote for Tessanne. Persons are allowed to vote on The Voice’s official website (www.thevoice.com) or to call 1-877-553-3710. Each person is allowed a maximum of 10 votes.

You can also go to iTunes and purchase a copy of Tessanne’s Many Rivers To Cross cover, which also counts as a vote.

The Voice returns Tuesday night with 10 more contestants before an elimination show on Thursday night reveals which 12 of the 20 competitors will move on further in the live rounds.

Watch Tessanne’s full performance of Many Rivers To Cross here.

Tessanne heading to live performance round on ‘The Voice’

Tessanne Chin once again established herself as a serious contender to win NBC's 'The Voice' with a strong performance to advance to the live show segment of the talent competition

Tessanne Chin once again established herself as a serious contender to win NBC’s ‘The Voice’ with a strong performance to advance to the live show segment of the talent competition

by Jodee Brown

The momentum garnered by accomplished Jamaican singer, Tessanne Chin continues to build as she advanced to the live performance round of the popularNBC talent show, The Voice Monday night.

Much like the battle round, Tessanne had to compete against a member of her own team, led by Adam Levine, to advance. This time, however, this would be a one-on-one matchup rather than a joint performance, like she had with veteran pop/jazz singerDonna Allen two weeks prior.

After a less-than-stellar practice session, Tessanne was determined to give her all and then some as she took on American singer/songwriter, Ashley DuBose in the knockout phase. After DuBose gave a very commendable rendition of Train’s hit song, Hey Soul SisterTessannewas left with the task of one-upping her formidable opponent with a rendition of Kelly Clarkson’s chart-topping hit, Stronger.

Any trepidations prior to her performance were immediately knocked down for the count as Tessanne’s strong vocal clarity, breathing ability and stage presence were on point throughout the nearly two-minute set.

The Jamaican singer’s ability to own the song in the moment and rise to such a challenge effortlessly made her stand out in the judges’ minds, with judge, Christina Aguilera particularly amazed, stating she ‘made it sound easy.’ In the end, Adam Levine decided to stick withTessanne, giving her clearance to advance to the live performance round, which kicks off in November.

As she prepares for this all-important stage of the competition, she is promoting her newly-released single,Anything’s Possibleone of the standout songs on theChimney Records-produced Rising Sun Riddim.

Tessanne Chin vs. Ashley DuBose (The Voice 2013 – Knockout Round)

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Tessanne seals spot in knockout round of ‘The Voice’ with stellar performance

Tessanne Chin has every reason to smile after advancing to the knockout round of 'The Voice' after edging out Donna Allen during their performance on Monday night.

Tessanne Chin has every reason to smile after advancing to the knockout round of ‘The Voice’ after edging out Donna Allen during their performance on Monday night.

by Jodee Brown

Versatile Jamaican songstress, Tessanne Chin is through to the knockout round of the popular American talent show, The Voice after winning a tightly-contested battle round against veteran American pop singer, Donna Allen Monday night.

Chin and Allen, both standouts on the show mentored by elite singers, Adam Levine and Ryan Tedder were surprisingly paired together during the battle round, in which they had to perform a rendition of Emeli Sande’s hit song, Next To Me together. As expected, they gave a rousing, emotional rendition of the song and made it extremely tough for Levine and fellow judges, Christina Aguilera, Cee’Lo Green and Blake Shelton to choose between them.

Allen’s powerful, raspy voice immediately stomped her authority on the song while Tessanne’s smooth, sultry vocals effectively added the balance and extra charisma necessary to make the rendition come off flawlessly. Following their two-minute rendition, tension arose as the judges lauded them on their performance.

While Shelton gave the edge to Allen, Aguilera and Green both cited Tessanne’s clarity in their decision to give her in the edge. Ultimately, it was the coaches’ decision, and Levine ended up choosing Tessanne to move on to the knockout round, where she will compete against another member or her team for the right to move on to the highly-anticipated live performance stage.

Despite Allen’s exceptional performance in a losing effort, none of Levine’s rival coaches opted to use one of their two steals to take her on board to the next round, to the surprise of many. For his part, Green cited patches in Allen’s voice during her performance as a reason for not opting to take her on.

Battle Night 2 on The Voice will air live Tuesday night at 8 p.m. on NBC and 7 p.m. (local time) on RETV in Jamaica, with TVJ showing a delayed broadcast at 9 p.m. local time.