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Ranking 'The Voice' top five: Who's the best?

The top five. From left, Cole Vosbury, Jacquie Lee, Will Champlin, Tessane Chin and James Wolpert.

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The top five. From left, Cole Vosbury, Jacquie Lee, Will Champlin, Tessane Chin and James Wolpert.

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December

Season 5 of The Voice is absolutely killing it. As the show heads into its final weeks, we’d be happy with almost all of the five remaining contestants claiming the big prize — something we haven’t thought about The Voice in, well, ever. Our favorite? We still can’t decide between Tessanne and Jacquie (and, up until last week, Matthew Schuler, who was unfairly booted). Even bearded wonder Cole has grown on us! Given the show’s track record with young female winners, we’re thinking this is Jacquie’s competition to lose. (It’d also be great to see her coach Christina Aguilera win and break Blake Shelton’s three-year streak.) But who actually has the best voice? Here’s how we think the vocal competition stacks up, from best to worst.

1. Tessanne Chin (Team Adam): The Jamaican powerhouse has been among the best singers since day one, and she’s proven to be incredibly consistent. Her voice always sounds terrific, even when her coach Adam Levine (who, despite having three contestants left, might not be a very good coach?) saddles her with dud songs like Many Rivers To Cross. In terms of sheer vocal ability, she already sounds like a professional singer. Tessanne should win.

2. Jacquie Lee (Team Christina): Jacquie’s the youngest of the group, though you would never guess she’s 16 years old from listening to her. Girl can SING. Coach Christina has really taken her under her wing, and it’s clear she sees Jacquie as a version of her younger self. She’s probably had the best run of great, powerhouse performances. Though she’s at No. 2 on this list because her voice is, understandably, still immature and unwieldy at times.

3. Cole Vosbury (Team Blake): We desperately wish Cole was still on Team Cee Lo, because we’d hate to see Shelton win AGAIN, but Cole deserves a place in the finals. A slow-and-steady competitor, he’s not as big and flashy as the other singers with his voice or song choices, but whatever he does, he does very well. He’s consistent, and his range is incredible. He’s tackled everything from Miguel (Adorn, a particularly great performance) to Hall and Oates (Rich Girl) to Rod Stewart (Maggie May), and killed all of them. After all, this is the guy who made The Jeffersons theme song sound like a current folk hit in his blind audition.

4. James Wolpert (Team Adam): James can hit some pretty giant notes, that’s for sure. And he favors rock ballads that serve his big voice well, but he can be quite pitchy. He did a great job with Queen’s Somebody to Love, which is not an easy thing to do. But you’re never quite sure what you’re going to get with a James performance, and not in a good way.

5. Will Champlin (Team Adam): We still haven’t forgiven Adam for choosing Will over the totally unique Preston Pohl, but Will did go on to deliver some great performances. He’s gathered momentum the past few weeks with powerful takes on A Change Is Gonna Come and At Last, which is certainly the reason he’s still in the competition. But make no mistake: His voice is not always great, and as a performer he’s not even on the same level as people like Matthew Schuler or Tessanne.

Monday’s episode marks the competition’s semifinals; whoever survives Tuesday’s elimination will head to the finals. Coach Christina performs We Remain off The Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack, and artists from seasons past, including winners Cassadee Pope and Danielle Bradbery, will perform.

[Last modified: Friday, December 6, 2013 5:21pm]

    

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