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
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
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