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'Voice schedule like boot camp'

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Senior staff reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com

Tuesday, December 24, 2013    

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"A very vigorous boot camp."

That is how The Voice winner Tessanne Chin is describing a typical day during the just-concluded season of the NBC competition.

She noted that, while the earlier rounds of the competition where quite laid-back, once the show moved to airing live, that was when the whirlwind commenced.

"You wake up between 7:00 and 9:00 am, or earlier, depending on whether you had satellite media press (interviews), in which case you would be up from... for me about 4:30 am for make-up and all that," Chin told reporters and editors at yesterday's Jamaica Observer Monday Exchange.

Following that, Chin explained that her days were filled with all things The Voice-related.

These included rehearsals, stage blocking, wardrobe, camera blocking, lighting, sets, refits and recording iTunes songs.

"It was like school. For example, on a Wednesday, after you had made it through on a Tuesday, or sometimes immediately after the show on Tuesday, you had to film your coach reality, which is basically where you sit down and discuss your song. So everything you see with us and the coach rehearsing, that was sometimes filmed right after the results show... that was particularly stressful," she explained.

Chin added that Thursdays were devoted to band rehearsals off camera, followed by staging and wardrobe. Fridays saw the contestants doing recording in studio followed by on-camera rehearsals on stage in full dress.

The weekend was less hectic, she explained, noting that Saturdays saw a full rehearsal of the performance show to air on a Monday, and Sundays were dedicated to the eliminations shows, which were aired on Tuesdays.

"On Mondays and Tuesdays we did everything as a show before it is actually filmed. That's how they know if something is up with your wardrobe, if they need to fix lighting, or if they need to do something else because, like me, mi always have problem a come dung stairs and dem always a give me stairs. You are ready for that show at nine o'clock in the morning and you stay dressed. They just keep refreshing everything until you go on stage. It was pretty vigorous, but I loved every single moment and I'd do it again tomorrow."

However, Chin said the one thing she missed most was time to decompress and be by herself during these periods.

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