Tessane Chin finished ahead of two other finalists in the fifth edition of the NBC singing competition, runner-up Jacquie Lee, 16, of Colts Neck, N.J., and third-place finisher Will Champlin, 30, of Los Angeles.
LOS ANGELES – Nearly 90 minutes after winning The Voice on Tuesday,
"It was absolute shock. I can't explain the emotions coursing through my body" when she heard her name called by host
The 28-year-old from
Levine said he encouraged her to try some classic songs by iconic performers, a move that can backfire if the singer isn't up to the task.
"We felt like she could handle it. The only way for us to go was to those sacred tunes, like
Chin sees the victory as a great step forward in her career.
"It means I get the opportunity to start my international career, and that's what I've always dreamed about. And it means that I get to record an album and go out there with music, not just to represent my country but to represent anybody who has a dream, to let them know it can happen," she said.
At the same time, she appreciates the strong Jamaican support she has received. "They're the first people that ever applauded me. They're the first people who ever gave me a chance to sing," she said. "It means the world to me to be able to represent them on this level and to take the trophy back to Jamaica."
Asked what kind of album she will make, Chin replied: "A damn good one." She went on to say it "will have an island swag, will definitely have a little rock to it and will definitely have some soul."
The two-hour finale also featured numerous star performances, including appearances by
"The Voice has an obligation to deliver for the fans and that was one of those big, giant moments," said executive producer
The Voice will return Feb. 24 for its sixth season, with Levine and
Levine said having the second victory, which puts him one behind Shelton, "creates a little tension. It's good."
Shelton, however, isn't ready to give up first place in the coaching ranks. "He still needs another full season just to tie me. That's how I feel about our rivalry right now," he said. As for Season 6, "I'm coming down with a strong backhand across Adam's face."