It’s the semi-finals of The Voice and that means it’s time for everyone to step up their game. Even the coaches showed out for the occasion, dressing up for the penultimate live rounds in their holiday best (for Cee Lo that means dressing like a normal person). With coaches Adam Levine and Christina Aguilera sidelined, it comes down to Team Blake and Cee Lo to battle it out for number one.
And this week, we had the requisite contestant homecoming where they were showered with gifts, keys to the city, and all types of perks that only national reality show fame gets you.
Before we get to the good stuff, we had a well-timed Christmas performance from the always adorable crooner and Team Blake Voice mentor Michael Bublé. And while his smooth singing gave us the warm fuzzies, it was time to forgo the holiday cheer for that competitive spirit as the remaining four faves geared up to deliver their biggest performances yet.
First up, was the big softie with the bigger voice, Trevin Hunte. Seeing where Trevin grew up and went to school (with no 8th grade teacher in sight), it’s no wonder that the 18-year-old has a heart of gold.
Dedicating his song, “Wind Beneath My Wings” by Bette Midler, to all of the kids from his alma mater, Trevin came out flanked by a heavenly choir, and he sounded, of course, like an angel.
And the coaches continued to be blown away by his gift. Adam Levine couldn’t have been happier with the choice while Christina Aguilera, who has an almost impressive ability to make everything about her, thought it reminded her of, you guessed it, that time she sang it. When she was seven years old.
Back in Minnesota, we got a chance to see where the one-of-kind Nicholas David came from and a chance to listen to his unborn child’s heartbeat. The producers are really pulling at our heartstrings with this one, especially given Nicholas’ song choice of Joe Cocker’s “You Are So Beautiful.”
And it looks like our dear St. Nick got himself a new style, rocking a slightly more polished look that let us actually see his face, free from those futuristic goggle sunglasses. Stripped of that odd accessory, Nicholas sang straight to his family and delivered a much simpler yet intensely powerful rendition of the song.
Adam appreciated his warm spirit and Cee Lo Green was happy with the overall outcome of the song.
And then we had a little reunion, as all of the contestants of Team Blake Past got back together to record a cutesy version of “White Christmas.” Singing it live on The Voice stage, the eliminated singers got a chance to see what they were missing, performing live for America, but even better, Blake didn’t have to pay for backup singers so win-win!
Traveling back to West Palm Beach, Florida, Cassadee Pope got a warm Florida welcome, and a little idea of what winning The Voice would be like — even getting a key to the city. Don’t you only get those for saving kids out of burning buildings?
Back on stage, Cassadee went from girl next door to glam couture, looking and sounding absolutely stunning as she made her way through Keith Urban’s “Stupid Boy.” Week in and week out, her voice always sounds album ready, and frankly it’s a little absurd how spot on her vocals always are.
Blake applauded her ability to connect with the lyrics and Christina agreed, saying that her voice was sometimes so perfect that it almost sounded “auto-tuned.” Well that’s something! If she doesn’t win here, she might have a job doing backup vocals for T-Pain.
Terry McDermott headed back to the Big Easy to surprise his son, who was possibly the cutest kid with a side swept bangs we’ve ever seen. In turn, Terry was surprised with a visit from his Scottish aunt and uncle who came all the way from across the pond to support their son. Side note: He’s got the best “I’m so shocked!” face ever.
On stage, Terry brought it home with his smooth rendition of The Beatles’ “Let It Be,” hitting those high notes like a rock star, and reminding us that this song is best sung by those hailing from across the pond.
Adam was so into it, mouthing along to Terry’s performance like a cute little groupie, calling it a moment that transcended this “silly little show.” Hey now, this silly little show pays your bills, kid!
Coach Blake Shelton went a step further calling it “musical perfection,” which was a bit excessive, but we had a hard time arguing with that assessment.
And that’s it for tonight! Tomorrow, duet performances, season 2 throwbacks, and one artist goes home! Who do you think will be packing their bags? Sound off in the comments below!