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'The Voice' artist James Wolpert delivers one of the top performances in show history


By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 11/26/2013 

The Voice artist James Wolpert delivered a stunning performance and was showered in compliments by the coaching panel during Monday night's performance show on NBC.

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James Wolpert from Strasburg, PA, took the stage with Queen's "Somebody to Love" and blew coaches Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton, and Cee Lo Green away. Wolpert is currently on "Team Adam."

"That [song] is the tallest order for a male vocalist to sing Freddie Mercury like that, and I will tell you man, you could sing in Queen. You could go out there tomorrow and you could hold your own," Levine told his artist.

"That was such an unbelievably impressive performance in all ways. There was not one thing that wasn't dynamic and beautiful about the vocal, powerful, potent, you never lost your way. You owned this entire place. It was amazing. You blew me away in rehearsals, this was 50 times more amazing."

"I'm quite the Queen fan as well, so I got to just say, you did such a wonderful job," said Green. "It was just utterly impressive. Your timing was impeccable and razor sharp -- one of the absolute best performances ever in the history of The Voice."

"It was incredible man. It was dynamic, it was dramatic, it was a solid performance, and maybe the best I've heard you sing so far," Shelton noted.

"I felt like I was watching a Broadway show... I loved it," added Aguilera.

Two other standout artists during last night's broadcast were Jacquie Lee from Colts Neck, NJ, and Tessanne Chin from Kingston, Jamaica.

Lee, who is on "Team Christina," belted out "Who's Lovin' You" by Smokey Robinson and showed she has quite the soul for a 16-year-old.

"I love you so much Jacquie... Below the surface, you're a complex person and I wanted you to just forget everything and get up on that stage and do what you love to do, is simply sing. And you did it and then some and then some and then some and then some and then some!" Aguilera raved. "I know you have heart, and yeah, you just threw it up their on that stage, and I love you, girl."

"For you to be professing all this heartbreak at such a young age, it's like, damn! That's crazy because you haven't even been alive that long. So to be able to convey that means you really have to pour it all out... It's a testament to your conviction up there, so more power to you. I think that was a great performance," Levine explained.

"It was full of energy and dynamic... You parted somebody's hair down there [in the audience] singing. I mean, it was powerful," added Shelton.

"It's just crazy! It's like you swallowed an old lady or something," Green joked.

Chin, who represents "Team Adam," performed "Underneath it All" by No Doubt and mixed her reggae-vibe into it.

"It's just such an amazing moment for you because there really aren't a lot of songs out there that can serve the purposes of what we wanted to show as far as a song that we know here but also with that spice and flavor," Levine told his artist.

"It was just so tailor-made for you. It's perfect and this is who Tessanne is in all ways... I'm just so overjoyed that we finally found a way to tie Jamaica to America in the most efficient and beautiful and soulful way. I'm just so proud of you, darling!"

"It was awesome," Green said of the "reggae breakdown," adding that it was clear she's been listening to all the coaches' advice.

"I finally heard something I was searching for. You know I'm a fan of yours. I pushed my button for you to begin with. I was always drawn to your singing voice but then when I heard you speak I was like, 'God, what an interesting person,'" Aguilera explained. 

"I wanted to get to know more about who you are, and this is the first time I really feel like you broke it down... You were able, with this performance, to tap into your truth and simplify and bring it back to your roots."

During Tuesday night's live results show on NBC, The Voice will eliminate two more artists and determine the fifth season's Top 6 finalists.

The remaining artists in The Voice competition are as follows: "Team Cee Lo" member Caroline Pennell; "Team Blake" members Cole Vosbury and Ray Boudreaux; "Team Adam" artists Wolpert, Chin, and Will Champlin; and "Team Christina" members Lee and Matthew Schuler.

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