Last night was the season 5 finale of NBC’s The Voice, and as you probably already know if you A) follow the show, or B) have been on the Twitter today, the beautiful (inside and out) and talented Jamaica-born Tessanne Chin was crowned the winner. While Tessanne, and all of the other previous winners (Cassaddee Pope, Danielle Bradberry, Jermaine Paul, and Javier Colon) are all amazingly talented and successful in their own ways, they’re not the only contestants from The Voice who stick out as supremely talented artists.
One of the best things about The Voice, as compared to other talent competitions, is the sense of community. Often times, contestants from seasons past find their way back to The Voice stage to share their new music. But even with this amazing sense of community and pride, I feel like there are a lot of previous contestants who are underrated and overlooked, and while they didn’t win, they certainly deserve our attention. As a long-time fan of the show, I wanted to take the time out to put the spotlight back on some of my personal favorites from seasons 1 through 5.
Melanie Martinez (Season 3)
Melanie Martinez was a huge surprise on the show — an unassuming teenager with two-toned hair, a gap in her teeth, and dressed like a doll, I didn’t really know what to expect from her. What I definitely did not anticipate was her getting up on stage, playing a hauntingly beautiful, slowed-down acoustic version of “Toxic” by Britney Spears while playing the guitar and a tambourine between her feet. Basically, my jaw dropped, and so did everyone else’s. She turned 3 chairs, and eventually made it to the live shows. Unfortunately, Melanie was eliminated after making it into the top 6. Currently, Melanie is working on releasing a music video for her song “Dollhouse.” Love her music? You can follow her on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
Pip (Season 2)
Pip walked out on The Voice stage in season 2 with “The House of the Rising Sun” as his blind audition song, and slowly but surely, blew everyone away. He has a voice that is as smooth as butter (I really can’t think of a better way to describe it), and he can sing anything. Pip was eliminated in week 4 of the live shows, and I was never the same. That was probably also the only time I was ever upset with Adam Levine. The good news is, Pip has an EP that you can buy on iTunes, and I highly recommend it — “No Formalities” is awesome. You can follow him on Twitter, and check out his website.
Holly Henry (Season 5)
If you watched The Voice this season, then Holly Henry should be a very familiar face to you. Holly was a 19-year-old stunner with a quiet voice and attitude but some serious hidden talent. She sang “The Scientist” and coach Blake Shelton turned around after hearing only one word. With the perfect amount of softness, power, and rasp, Holly was a force to be reckoned with. When she went home during the knockout rounds, it was devastating. You can follow her on Twitter here, and be sure to check out her YouTube channel — she posts some pretty sweet covers.
James Wolpert (Season 5)
Another familiar face and one of my personal favorite contestants of all time, James Wolpert was a refreshingly unique artist from season 5 who made it all the way to the top 5 only to be sent home right before the finals. James was unsuspecting because, as many pointed out, he looked more like an Apple Store employee (his previous job, actually) than a vocalist or a musician. But he surprised everyone when he sang Jack White’s “Love Interruption” in his blind audition. James’ fans affectionately refer to themselves as members of the #WolpPack (too funny, right?) It’s too early to tell what James will do next, but I have no doubts that he’ll be successful. You can follow him on Twitter here.
Mathai (Season 2)
Mathai was my early pick to win it all in season 2, because her audition song, “Rumor Has It” was sassy, confident, and ultra cool. And it is so not easy to pull off an Adele song without sounding like a copycat or failing miserably. She turned 3 chairs, but ultimately didn’t make it to the finals. You can imagine my surprise when she got eliminated before even making it to the top 12. Mathai is still active on Twitter, so be sure to follow her here. You can also buy her fabulous EP “Girl Like Me” on iTunes.