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Nicholas David Talks the Origins of “Mini Cee Lo” From The Voice Season 3 Live Finale

For his final performance on The Voice Season 3 live show last night, Nicholas David took to the stage with his coach, Cee Lo Green. The quirky duo discoed out to “Play That Funky Music,” and they weren’t the only ones on stage.

In the middle of the performance, the two soul singers were joined by “Mini Cee Lo,” aka Milo, according to host Carson Daly. Not only did this little guy steal the show, but he also rocked Cee Lo’s zebra-print outfit better than the Lady Killer himself.

When Wetpaint Entertainment caught up with Nicholas n the red carpet after the show, he talked about his Voice journey and his coach’s “Mini-Me.”

Wetpaint Entertainment: You look like you had a great time up there!

Nicholas David: I had a gas! It was a riot. It was so much fun. It started off on a somber note, but we gotta celebrate life while we have it. I was excited to end the show like that. The piano was on fire, things were blowing up, people were hanging from trapezes, there was a mini solo, and I revisited the “Lean on Me” thing. It was too cool.

What was cooler? The mini Cee Lo or the burning piano?

I have no idea. I don’t think you can choose. I think each one is awesome in its own right.

It seems like you just went for it this week. You went big and as bold as you’ve ever gone this season.

Again, after last week’s performance being so stripped down and emotionally raw, I was like, “Let’s just blow some stuff up and go for it.” I don’t know … kicking like that, I don’t know what the heck was happening. I was just going for it. I used to play football, and walking off that stage, I felt like I was getting off the field. I haven’t felt that amped like ever in this whole show.

Are you glad that’s how you’re finishing up the competition?

Yes. Honestly, this has been the adventure of a lifetime, but I’m excited to close the chapter on this adventure and start a new book. I felt like that was kind of a good way to end it.

Was it distracting to play a piano on fire?

A little bit. When I was sitting there before it started, I was like, “Holy crap, this is hot!” And I started to sweat and I was like, “I’m starting to sweat, and I didn’t even do anything yet.” But then Paul said in rehearsal, “Dude. Look what you’re doing right now. A couple of months down the line, remember what you’re doing right now.” And I’m like, “Oh my gosh.” That kind of put it into perspective because as busy as it’s been, as wild as it’s been, it’s been easy to forget how amazing this whole experience really is.

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Where did mini Cee Lo come from?

I think he came from the South. It was Cee Lo’s idea. It was wild because a couple of days ago, we saw the YouTube video of him doing the dance, and at his school … they call him little Cee Lo. It was wild to see him the next day. He was here in person like, “Hey! What’s up?”

You should have insisted on a mini Nicholas.

They tried I think, a little bit, but they couldn’t find one. I think I’m a little bit of a rarer breed.

Was it an exciting way to end with your family there, too?

I’m thrilled. I’m completely thrilled. Again, I don’t know how else I could have really done it after last week. So I took it to a completely different level and a completely different experience.

What was it like at Cee Lo’s house with your family?

That was really cool. We’ve become a Voice family, but also within that family, a Cee Lo family, and we’ve become really close. There’s the family I come from and the family that I made, and it was cool for the three pieces to meet because this is where my life is now and also where I’ve come from. It was really neat to have everybody talking in the same room and listening to each other and breathing the same air.

Did your family mesh with him really well? Were there any funny moments?

Yeah, you saw some of it. They were eating the food. My oldest son was sharing food, and it’s just crazy. Cee Lo was holding [the baby] and bouncing him on his knee and lifting him up and playing. I was like, “This is happening right now.”

If you win, how are you going to celebrate?

I have no idea. Like I’ve said before, I’m just here right now. I’ll deal with tomorrow [then] and just be here now.

And if you win, it totally breaks the mold of reality singing competitions. How do you feel about that?

I feel like I am a different breath coming from where music used to be. This music didn’t die. It’s still in jazz clubs, but it’s not in the public limelight. I feel honored to [bring] that experience. I’ve never looked at this as a competition, truly. I’ve just looked at it as an opportunity, as a gift. I’ve just been living and being and stepping into that gift with all my heart, all my mind, and all of my soul.

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12.18.2012 / 11:00 PM EDT by Nicole Pajer
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