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Moves like Tessanne

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com
Friday, September 27, 2013

'TWAS Tessanne Tuesday. The throaty singer wowed judges and a television audience of millions during her blind audition on The Voice which airs on NBC.

After a battle royale among the four celebrity judges — Adam Levine, CeeLo Green, Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton — Chin decided on Levine as her coach to guide her through the competition.

Chin told Splash that it was a similarity in their musical styles which gave Levine, the front man for rock group Maroon 5, the edge.

In his pitch, Levine remarked: "You could easily win The Voice this year, I have no doubt in my mind."

The Moves Like Jagger singer is no stranger to Jamaica and reggae. Maroon 5 performed at the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival in 2011 to great reception and on Tuesday night noted that reggae is his favourite music.

Last year, Maroon 5 recorded a reggae track, One More Night, which topped the Billboard Hot 100 charts, spending nine weeks at number one.

Could this be the kind of support Chin needs to put her in good stead going into the competition?

Former Digicel Rising Stars judge Clyde McKenzie weighs in.

"He (Levine) has clearly seen a great prospect and went all out to secure her. I do believe Maroon 5 comes closest, musically, to what Tessanne Chin wants to represent internationally...the other judges are slightly different from her," McKenzie says. "It's the best synergy and should serve her well during the show and perhaps even beyond."

The backing of a respected judge has helped contestants in high-profile talent shows.

Simon Cowell's famous jaw-dropping expression said it all for Susan Boyle on Britain's Got Talent in April 2009. She became an overnight international sensation.

Randy Jackson gave eventual winner Ruben Stoddard the thumbs-up from early on in the second season of American Idol.

Chin's performance has been picked up by entertainment heavyweights such as People magazine and MTV.

On its website, People magazine stated: "At the top of everyone's list was Tessanne Chin, a Jamaican singer who closed out the night with a fierce version of Pink's Try."

MTV was also complimentary. "Tessanne Chin didn't have to do much to turn all four chairs. The native Jamaican's sterling voice hit the coaches within her first few notes."

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