TODAY.com has my finale interview with our Season 5 champ, Tessanne Chin. Click here to read the article. And as a bonus, here’s a picture of me and Tessanne backstage right after she won, that she graciously took with me. Congratulations, Tessanne! (Stay tuned over the next few days as I post my interviews with Will, Jacquie and more!)
She’s been the winner of The Voice for maybe 24 hours, but you can already pre-order Tessanne Chin’s new album.
The same night that the Jamaican vocalist from Team Adam was crowned the winner of NBC’s hit singing competition, up went a listing in the iTunes store for her first album under Universal Republic Records, the label associated with The Voice. It offers fans the chance to pre-order the still-untitled album, and shows a release date of March 25, 2014.
Only one track is listed so far: “Tumbling Down,” the song that Tessanne performed during Tuesday’s Voice finale, which you can watch here.
That track was co-written by OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder, the show’s new in-house songwriter and producer, who told Carson Daly during the finale broadcast that he expects to continue working with Tessanne starting in January.
If it’s a quick turnaround for Tessanne Chin, that might be because NBC is turning around The Voice faster than ever before. An ad during Tuesday’s broadcast announced that Season 6 will begin on Monday, February 24 – just over two months from the Season 5 finale.
Should the date listed on iTunes hold true, that means that the search for Tessanne’s successor will begin a full month before she releases her first album under her winning record deal.
If you’d asked fans a few weeks ago who they expected to see in The Voice’s finals, they might not have said Will Champlin.
But the 30-year-old singer and musician from Team Adam has been the show’s most improved performer week after week, and he capped his miraculous run on Monday night with some of his best work.
Will’s second attempt at his blind audition song, Gavin DeGraw’s “Not Over You,” was a vast improvement on his first take, which he credited to being more relaxed.
“I didn’t sweat it,” he explained to BFTV on the red carpet. “I felt relaxed. The blind [audition] was cool, but I definitely was like probably like stiff as a board. Tonight I was loose.”
He followed that up with a duet with his coach, Adam Levine, and then a heartfelt version of Bryan Adams’ ballad “Everything I Do (I Do It For You)” which ended with a spontaneous moment shared with his wife and young daughter.
“That was just kind of in the moment,” Will explained.
As for the song choice, “[Adam and I] just kind of landed on the same page. We were going through other songs and they were cool, but they just didn’t hit the epic quality of something like this. We’re both kind of like, ‘They’re not big enough.’ And that’s when I was like, ‘You thinking what I’m thinking?’”
Described by Levine as the “pinball” of the season for how he was saved twice by two different coaches during the pre-taped rounds, Will broke out during the live playoffs and earned America’s support. He’s only been in the bottom of the results once, when he edged out Team Blake’s Cole Vosbury for the last spot in the finals.
Audiences have had the chance to watch him evolve over the weeks of live playoffs, and see so many different sides of him, whether it’s being the only musician still left in the competition, or being the first male artist in the show’s history to perform Etta James’ classic “At Last” – in an iTunes-charting performance, no less.
And while he may not be the favorite among the remaining artists, Will’s coach and his fellow finalists weren’t shy in their praise of his talent and his incredible work ethic.
“No one works harder than Will,” said Levine, before telling him, “I’m most proud of you in a way, because you’ve really overcome the biggest hurdles in this competition.”
“Will has come out of his shell,” added his teammate, Tessanne Chin. “Believe me when I tell you he works very hard. There’s not a moment that Will isn’t practicing, that he’s not vocalizing, there’s not a moment that he’s not figuring out an arrangement in his head.”
And said Team Christina’s Jacquie Lee, “Will has such a big heart. He’s not good at the mushy stuff, and he makes an attempt every week, and I love him for that.”
Regardless of who wins The Voice on Tuesday, Will has earned his way to some much deserved recognition. You can follow him on Twitter (@willchamplin) and tune in tonight to see him on The Voice‘s two-hour finale, beginning at 9 PM ET/PT on NBC.
Happy Season 5 finale week, The Voice fans! I’m not doing any special articles for today because there’s only so many “who’s going to win this” articles you can do, but I have compiled three posts detailing each of our finalists’ journey to the last round, for those of you who want to relive most of the ride.
You can find them at Fan TV:
- Will Champlin’s Road To The Finale
- Jacquie Lee’s Road To The Finale
- Tessanne Chin’s Road To The Finale
I’ll be dishing out some quote-leftovers today and tomorrow at various media outlets, showing you bits and pieces of interviews from the live shows that you didn’t see earlier, so keep your eye on the Big Red Chairs Twitter account (@bigredchairs) to catch all the bonuses. And expect more tomorrow night, of course! There’s plenty of extra Voice to go around, folks.
The Internet is abuzz with the news that The Voice has announced its Season 5 finalists, but that’s not all that’s happening this week. We had several former competitors return to the show, a few more drop by just to say hello, and Blake Shelton crashed someone else’s Christmas special again this year.
On Tuesday, four acts from The Voice‘s past two seasons came back to promote their new music, and we found out what they’ve been up to. Season 3 winner Cassadee Pope performed the next single from her recent album, and discovered that the album has gone gold.
Her successor and Big Machine Records labelmate, Danielle Bradbery, just released her self-titled debut album and has her song being used in a video package for NBC’s coverage of the upcoming Sochi Olympics. You can check that out below.
Season 4 runner-up Michelle Chamuel premiered “Go Down Singing,” her first single since the show, with some help from the USC marching band’s drumline. She revealed that she’s still in touch with coach Usher and working on an album to be released next year. The best place to find more information about that is her website (michellechamuel.com).
As for The Swon Brothers, Zach and Colton dropped their new single “Later On.” They’re signed to Arista Nashville and also working on their forthcoming album. And they have lost none of their sense of fun whatsoever, with Colton joking that Zach still blames him for bad shows.
There were several old friends in the audience on Tuesday that did not perform, all from Season 2. We saw Team Cee Lo’s Jamar Rogers (who is looking much better after his health scare earlier this year!), Team Christina’s Chris Mann, and Team Adam’s Katrina Parker. Jamar is one of the artists featured on Starbucks’ Voice music sampler, which you can download for free online by visiting Starbucks.com. It also includes music from Michelle Chamuel, Terry McDermott, and Nicholas David, among others.
As for Chris and Katrina? He’s continuing his takeover of PBS, as his second special, Home For Christmas, is now airing on stations around the country. Check your local listings for specific channel and airdates, or you can also watch it online via the PBS website. A CD/DVD combo pack is available on Amazon too. Here’s the trailer.
While Chris is still touring and getting ready to work on his second album, Katrina just put on a wonderful Christmas show at the Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles, which she’s bringing online to StageIt very soon; be sure to follow her on Twitter (@katrinapmusic) for more info.
If you watched Kelly Clarkson’s holiday special on NBC last night, you were treated to our very own Blake Shelton in an elf costume. This after he had his own special last year, along with dropping in on Michael Buble’s, as well. Basically, it’s not Christmas on NBC until Blake shows up somewhere.
Oh, and while you were reading this, Blake probably won another American County Award, too. He took home four this week. So, congrats Blake! You may not have an artist in the Voice finale this year, but we think you’re going to be okay.
TODAY.com has some words from Blake and Cole on Team Blake’s elimination last night. Click here to read my interview, which also features some soundbites from Christina Aguilera and Carson Daly. This one’s missing some pretty interesting stuff that I did not have the space to run, so stay tuned as I’m trying to find somewhere to post that right now. And of course, I have a great chat with James Wolpert as well, but I’m holding on to that in order to do a separate article either later this week or early next week. Just depends on schedule.
Quick update for you this morning. TODAY.com has published my interview with Team Adam’s James Wolpert after his Top 5 performance last night. You can click here to read the article [note: it's been edited]. James is a great singer, and a better person, so fingers crossed that ‘the curse’ ends tonight.
Fan TV, on the other hand, has my interview with Xenia from her return to The Voice last week. You can click here to read that interview. She confirms that she’s no longer signed to Universal Republic Records, which I know at least one of you had asked about.