News Americas, LOS ANGELES, CA, Mon. Nov. 4, 2013: Jamaican national Tessanne Chin may have Many Rivers To Cross before getting to the finals of The Voice competition but she undoubtedly stole the show in night one of Live portion of the show Monday night, thrilling the audience with a rendition of a Jimmy Cliff classic.
Chin delivered a flawless performance that was both powerful and emotional and left her coach Adam Levine insisting: “In my mind it does not get any better than that.”
Levine told Chin prior to the performance that “it was important to represent her heritage.”
While for Chin it was all about doing “my people proud.”
And proud she did, setting Facebook alight with a voting push from Jamaicans at home and in the Diaspora.
Wearing a black top and a colorful skirt, Chin took Cliff’s song to a soulful level that left many with goose bumps and left her emotionally drained as Levine gave her a standing ovation and the studio audience went wild.
The other coaches were just as impressed as Levine and the audience with Coach Christina Aguilera insisting: “You deserve every sec to feel the love in this room … I knew from day one you were capable of this.”
While Ceelo Green, in his best Jamaican impression said: “No Woman, No Cry,” before adding: “They saved best for last. You make me feel things Mamie.”
Cliff for his part took to Twitter in September to state: “Tessanne Chin! What a great performance on the Voice! She is a great talent and I am very proud of her!”
The first live show kicked off with a performance by Florida and Aguilera before the teams from coach Adam Levine and Blake Shelton took to the stage for their live performances.
Shelbie Z kicked off the performances for Blake, followed by James Wolpert for Adam. Then it was Team Blake’s Nik Haw, Ray Boudreaux and Austin Jakes from Team Blake followed by Grey, Will Champlin and Preston Pohl from team Adam.
Blake’s Cole Fosbury followed before the night’s closing performance by Chin.
Voting will be open until 11 .m. EST tomorrow. To vote for Chin call 18775533710 or vote online at https://www.nbc.com/the-voice/ America’s votes will decide on Thursday, who moves on to the next round of the competition next week.
See Chin’s performance here: