‘The Voice’ Rose Parade Float Totally Sinks
Much of NBC's broadcast of the 125th annual Tournament of Roses Parade seemed like one long hype campaign for "The Voice's" float, ridden by Season 5 winner Tessanne Chin and her fellow finalists Jacquie Lee and Will Champlin. But when the float finally wound its way through the streets of Pasadena, absolutely nothing came up roses for the "Voice" trio.
Pretty much nothing went right here. First of all, NBC announcers Hoda Kotb and Al Roker seemed to have no idea who Jacquie and Will were, at first mistaking Will for "Voice" coach Adam Levine and then, to make matters worse, jokingly calling Will an "Adam wannabe." Ouch. Eventually, Hoda and Al were made aware that the other two people on the float were in fact "Voice" contestants, but they still failed to mention either singer by name, at first.
And then there was the technical glitch that forced Hoda and Al to babble for more than five interminable minutes while Tessanne, Jacquie, and the "Adam lookalike" awkwardly waved and waited. For a moment, it didn't look like Tessanne would perform at all ("She's not singing?" Al barked incredulously), before, around the 5:30 mark in the video above, she finally got to belt a mere 47 seconds of her single "Tumbling Down." Sad trombone.