News Americas, LOS ANGELES, CA, Weds. Dec. 4, 2013: Thanks in large part it seems to Twitter parties across the U.S. and social media voting mobilization by Jamaican and Caribbean immigrants, singer Tessanne Chin has advanced to the semi-finals of NBC music reality show, The Voice.
The Kingston, Jamaica-born “Hideaway” singer breathed a sigh of relief as she became the third out of six contestants to move on to next week’s Top Five last night. Her advancement was greeted with wild expression of joy by Caribbean nationals on Twitter and Facebook.
“Congratulations Tessanne Chin!!!! She Has made it to the Semi-Finals!!!! Way to go Tessanne Chin!!!!!! #TEAMTESSANNE!!!!!,” wrote Dwayne Jones on Twitter.
As for Chin, she took to Twitter with an InstaQuote that said: “Words fail me. I am blown away. Thank, thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart!! I am here because of you. I love you!!”
Chin has become the new musical icon of Jamaica and reggae.
On Monday night, Dec. 2nd, she, however, showed vocal diversity, leading Voice Coach Blake Shelton accurately state: “You are a world class vocalist. You can sing with the best vocalists on earth. I haven’t seen anything quite like it on this show.”
She sang in the number two spot, beginning with the classic reggae anthem “Redemption,” by the late great Bob Marley.
Her coach, Adam Levine, choose the song for Chin and she made it her own – a mixture of soul and reggae sprinkled with high powered vocals. It was a far cry from the classic and some may argue it destroyed the Marley version but Chin certainly showed she can simply sing anything thrown at her.
“I think everyone not just in Jamaica is proud of you,” said Levine after the performance.
The song landed her at number 15 overall on the ITunes chart Tuesday and she also hit number one on the reggae chart.
Chin also upped the ante on her vocal range Monday night that took Katy Perry’s “Unconditionally” simply over the top. Dedicating the personal choice to her divorced parents she left her dad yelling “love you” and coach Levine adding: “You can cover any musical style. Your ability is so crazy; off the chart. You always impress me.”
Also through to the semi-finals is Team Christina’s Jacquie Lee, Blake Shelton’s Cole Vosbury and Team Adam’s Will Champlin and James Wolpert.
Wolpert was saved by America on a Twitter vote while Christina Aguilera lost her second contestant in the tweeting vote. Matthew Schuler’s time on The Voice ended last night.
The Top Five will compete for the chance to be the Top Four again next Monday night, Dec. 9th on NBC at 8 p.m. EST.