Entering Finale, 'The Voice' Contestants Turn in Top Performances
Finalists Will Champlin, Jacquie Lee call their finale performances the best they've done.
Season five of "The Voice" comes to a close tonight with the final three contestants resembling previous winners. Will Champlin, a journeyman musician who has yet to get his break, fits in line with Cassadee Pope and Javier Colon; Tessanne Chin is backup singer as was season two's Jermaine Paul; and Jacquie Lee is a 16-year-old with no professional experience, a mirror image of last season's winner Danielle Bradbery.
For their final performances, each singer delivered a new solo, another rendition of the song they used for the blind audition and a duet with their coaches -- Chin and Champlin with Adam Levine, Lee with Christina Aguilera.
After the show, two of the singers said they delivered their best performances of the run during the finale.
"I feel like today," Champlin said of his version of Bryan Adams' "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You," "I gave a performance that I'm content and proud of. I don't get that way -- I beat myself up. I feel that I left enough emotion on that stage to connect with people."
Lee tackled "Dreamgirls" number "And I Am Telling You," specifying it would be more Jennifer Hudson than Jennifer Holliday, and said, "it sounds weird when I say it, but it was the perfect time for it. It's right where I belong. I was really happy. I think it's my best."
Chin, on the other hand, said her "proudest moment" was Simon & Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water." "I was very hesitant to do it at first," the former backup singer for Jimmy Cliff said. "Because I come from a reggae background, I was most comfortable with (Bob Marley's) 'Redemption Song' and (No Doubt's) 'Underneath It All.'
"But I've never felt comfortable, I've never been safe. When you see people like James Wolpert, Caroline Pena go home -- who are amazing vocalists -- nobody is safe. I always thought I could be going home."
After tonight's champion is crowned, they will debut a new Ryan Tedder song that will be posted for sale immediately on iTunes. OneRepublic, Celine Dion, Ne-Yo, Lady Gaga and the coaches are among the performers scheduled for the final show.