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.
Judith Hill (Season 4)
Judith Hill going home was probably the biggest disappointment I ever remember from The Voice. Judith, who was mentored by the late, great Michael Jackson, had a cool style and a beautiful, unmatched quality about her voice. With a cool, slowed down and jazzed up take on Christina Aguilera’s “What a Girl Wants,” Judith blew the coaches away and turned all 4 chairs. When she went home before making it to the top 6, a lot of viewers were shocked. Follow her on Twitter to stay updated on what she’s doing next!
Lindsey Pavao (Season 2)
A lot of previous contestants on The Voice took songs and really revamped them to make them their own, but Lindsey Pavao took that concept to a whole new level when she sang a beautiful rendition of “Say Ahh” — yes, that song. It took everyone a few seconds to realize what she was singing, and when they did, it was amazing. Lindsey was hands down one of the most unique artists on the show, and turned 3 chairs, ultimately winding up on Team Christina. In the end, Lindsey went home before making it into the top 4, and it broke my heart. You can still keep up with her on Twitter, though.
Nicole Nelson (Season 3)
Nicole Nelson chose the perfect song for her blind audition: “Hallelujah.” While many other past Voice contestants have chosen more fun songs, “Hallelujah” went on to become a staple on the show thanks to Nicole’s beautiful and moving rendition. It did incredibly well on the iTunes charts, too. It was a big shocker when she went home in the knockout rounds, but Nicole has just kept on truckin’. You can follow her on Twitter, and be sure to watch for updates about new music on her website.
Dia Frampton (Season 1)
If I’m being totally honest, I didn’t actually get in to season 1 like I did the others, but even then, I still know who Dia Frampton is, so you know she’s good. Dia is one of the most talked about season 1 contestants, and for good reason. Her blind audition, singing “Bubbly” was unforgettable. While I can’t find a video of it to share here, I did find a video of her rendition of “Heartless,” and it’s totally amazing. Dia is on Twitter, Facebook, and has an album out. You can buy “Red” on iTunes.
Amber Carrington (Season 4)
And last but certainly not least, Amber Carrington was one of those contestants who slowly worked her way into the spotlight. Her audition, which was admittedly good, didn’t catch my attention the same way it did the judges. But Amber snuck up on me, becoming one of my favorites from season 4. When she sang “Crazy” by Patsy Cline and brought the classic song back to life, I was amazed. Amber went home shortly afterwards, making it only into the top 5. You can follow her on Twitter here.
Who was your favorite The Voice contestant?
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