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The finalists on The Voice, Season 5 -- Tessanne Chin, Will Champlin and Jacquie Lee -- are heading into the two-part season finale (Monday at 8 p.m. ET and Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET on NBC). Of course, everyone knows that the real stars of this show are the judges/coaches, so let us translate that for you: Tonight's finalists are Adam Levine (who coaches Chin and Champlin) and Christina Aguilera (who coaches Lee).
Though The Voice has never created a Carrie Underwood or a Chris Daughtry, it has at least launched the career of Cassadee Pope, which isn't bad. Pope's not exactly a superstar, but her country album debuted at No. 9 on the Billboard charts in October. So this week's winner can at least hope for modest success in the marketplace! Here's a preview of the finale:
Which finalist has the best chances of going home the winner? Here's a primer:
The frontrunner: Tessanne Chin, 28
The mohawk-sporting singer from Jamaica puts a reggae spin on classic rock and R&B songs. Last week, Levine was visibly moved by her rendition of "Bridge Over Troubled Water." "'I don't even know what to say," he remarked of her performance, which shot to No. 1 on iTunes. "That's crazy what just happened." His fellow coach/frenemy, Blake Shelton, predicts her victory: "If you go by this week's performance, everything points to Tessanne right now.”
The ingenue: Jacquie Lee, 16
The conventionally gorgeous powerhouse is reminiscent of her coach, Aguilera -- who also started out as a tiny teen with a ginormous voice. "She's like my little sister. Sixteen? Are you kidding me?!" Aguilera told AccessHollywood.com. "She's so eloquent and so poised… sometimes she's my coach." Though some polls say Tessanne's the one to beat, Aguilera predicts that Lee's heart will win the day. "It's about big vocals, big songs," the coach said. "But it's also about staying true to what she does the best, which is remembering her heart and being genuine."
The underdog: Will Champlin, 30
The slightly nerdy, natty suit-wearing rocker has held on in the competition by the skin of his teeth. Twice he's been on his way out, only to be saved when Aguilera stole him, and then Levine stole him back. "The fact that he's made it this far is testament to his work ethic," host Carson Daly told USA Today. "This guy is a working musician. He's never given up."
Who are we rooting for? We're going with Lee. Team Aguilera has never won this thing. How perfect to finally pull out a victory with her very own mini-me?
Jennifer Graham Kizer is an iVillage contributing writer. Follow her on Google+.