Tessanne needs an iconic song

Published: Monday | December 9, 2013 Comments 0
Tessanne - NBC Photo
Tessanne - NBC Photo

Egerton Chang, Contributor

As I predicted, Tessanne Chin won through to the final five on The Voice competition on NBC last Tuesday night. All indications were that she would not be eliminated as she had the highest number of downloads on iTunes, ranking 15 for her rendition of Redemption Song. However, all the other contestants also sold well, with the worst being James Wolpert whose Fell in Love with a Girl landed at 48.

Further, Tessanne has the highest number of Twitter followers up to November 24, which is seen in Table 2.

At the same time, a poll conducted by mjsbigblog before last week's performance is highlighted in Table 3. It can be seen that in addition to being one of the favourites, Tessanne was polled as the last contestant who those surveyed wanted to send home.

What gives credence to this poll is the fact that Matthew Schuler, who most said should go home, was indeed sent packing on Tuesday.

It is interesting to note that all Twitter saves, without exception, were sent home the following week. Will James Wolpert be the next to go?

That same article said:

"Damn, Cole Vosbury! He performed Rich Girl first, and he still charted second of all the contestants on iTunes. Oy, that song's pacing was relentlessly boring. But I guess you can't underestimate the power of an iconic hit song. Blake knows how to pick 'em, and I really should just bow down to him and keep my mouth shut."

This only emphasises my call for Adam to find an iconic song for Tessanne. Having said that, perhaps it was strategic to ask her to perform Redemption Song as it surprised me and ranked No. 1 of all the songs - maybe it was the Bob Marley factor.

Yet, I feel that he is playing a dangerous game in continuing to select these reggae songs for Tessanne.

Thank God for her great Jamaican diasporic support.

Table 3: 'The Voice' favourites and who people think should go home

Favourite Contestant

Matthew Schuler 33.33%

James Wolpert 21.92%

Jacquie Lee 20.23%

Cole Vosbury 19.18%

Will Champlin 18.74%

Tessanne Chin 18.66%

Matthew Schuler 15.59%

Who SHOULD go Home

Cole Vosbury 13.60%

James Wolpert 13.18%

Jacquie Lee 12.05%

Will Champlin 7.12%

Tessanne Chin 6.39%

Table 2: 'The Voice' contestants number of Twitter followers

Tessanne Chin: 91,025 overall28,817 since Nov 4


Caroline Pennell: 51,069 38,307

(@caroline pennell)

Jacquie Lee: 50,124 38,920


Matthew Schuler: 47,651 34,738


Will Champlin:36,118 26,995


Ray Boudreaux: 34,210 24,525


James Wolpert: 32,660 26,384


Cole Vosbury: 25,811 20,230


Table 1: iTunes rankings for 'The Voice' contestants

15. Tessanne Chin - Redemption Song

16. Cole Vosbury - Rich Girl

20. Jacquie Lee - Cry Baby

23. Cole Vosbury - Better Man

25. Will Champlin - A Change Is Gonna Come

27. Will Champlin - Hey Brother

33. Tessanne Chin - Unconditionally

34. James Wolpert - I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)

39. Matthew Schuler - When a Man Loves a Woman

45. Matthew Schuler - Story of My Life

46. Jacquie Lee - The Voice Within

48. James Wolpert - Fell In Love With A Girl

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