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Tessanne on final stretch

Published:Wednesday | December 11, 2013 | 12:00 AM
Tessanne delivered a mind-blowing rendition of 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' on 'The Voice' on Monday. - NBC photo

Davina Henry, Staff Reporter

Tessanne Chin is one week away from being crowned the winner of this season's 'The Voice' competition. The dream that so many Jamaicans and others had in mind for the powerhouse singer is now within grasp.

Tessanne is just one performance away from a recording contract with Universal Music Group and US$100,000 (J$10 million).

Tessanne has been one of the top contenders since this season's inception. Since strutting her heels on to the stage for her blind audition, where she performed a rendition of Pink's Try, Tessanne had all four judges pleading with her to join their team.

In the end, it was Adam Levine who Tessanne chose, and, under his tutelage, she has blossomed into one of the most talented performers the show has ever seen. With her latest performance single, Bridge Over Troubled Water, holding firm at the number-one spot on the iTunes chart this week, there was no doubt Tessanne would advance to the finals.

Having successfully conquered the blind audition, it was on to the knockout round. Tessanne duked it out with fellow Team Adam competitor Donna Allen and, in the end, it was Tessanne's dynamic and powerful rendition of Emeli Sande's Next To Me that secured her a place in the upcoming knockout rounds.

By this time, the #teamTessanne and #teambreadandbutter supporters were dominating social media. Tweets such as "Tessanne, you represented Jamaica at a supremely world-class level" and "I don't see anyone beating her this season" followed Tessanne's advancement into the live rounds.

The live rounds propelled Tessanne's likeability and voting power after amazing performances of songs such as Many Rivers to Cross, Unconditionally, and Underneath It All and, once again, created a social media firestorm. Tessanne's ability to transform songs into emotional anthems has led to an increase in fans, with her performance singles often climbing up the iTunes chart.

As her popularity soars, Tessanne's booking and performance prices appear to be increasing at a similar rate. In a recent interview with The Gleaner, booking agent Jerome Hamilton stated that "her popularity has increased in Jamaica, and she is certainly more relevant as a Jamaican artiste. The world is being introduced to her. Her appeal has grown and we have seen it in the number of persons requesting her. I can safely say her fees have gone up already."

Tessanne was the first name announced to advance to the finals. Earlier in the night, she told host Carson Daly that advancing to next week's finale would be an honour and a chance to change her life.

Joining Tessanne in the finals are Jacquie Lee from Team Christina and Will Champlin from Team Adam.