"The Voice" threw us another curve ball last night — for those (me included) that thought two more contestants would be cut this week, oh, were we wrong.
There will be not two, but three finalists next week, which means only one — whether it be Terry McDermott, Trevin Hunte, Cassadee Pope or Nicholas David — will be going home.
"The Voice" tugged at our heartstrings last night, with each of the remaining contestants returning home, and many feelings ensuing.
First up was Trevin Hunte, who went home to Georgia to his old middle school, with a message of hope: if you work hard enough, your dream WILL come true. I’m not even going to point out the flaw in this logic/advice, because it really was empowering. One thing I want to know, however, is where the heck was that awful teacher who told him he wouldn’t amount to anything? Narrative flaw,
Trevin then sang "Wind Beneath My Wings," a song which I'm torn about because I hate "Beaches" but appear to be the only one in the world to feel that way. But this song never fails to make me tear up, and Trevin, yet again, proved he and his voice are gifts from a higher power.
Nicholas David then went home to Minnesota (soundtracked by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, so points to NBC), and much slight-bowing, hands-folded gratefulness ensued.
He took on "You Are So Beautiful To Me," and his wife and kids were in the audience, so of course there were tears. I'm running out of new, complimentary things to say about Nicholas. I had no idea he would make it this far in the competition, but he's so weird, soulful, warm, gentle — and the words that describe his personality also describe his singing voice. And, I'm pretty sure this was the first time we've ever seen him without glasses. Cee Lo said it: "You look very handsome tonight, sir."
Cassadee Pope went home to
She continued the country bender she’s been on, singing
And now, my favorite moment of the night: Terry McDermott went back to his adopted hometown of New Orleans, surprising his son, who was in the kitchen MAKING A GINGERBREAD HOUSE FOR CHRISTMAS. Terry just sneaks up behind him and asks, "What're you making?" And this tiny little self-possessed miniature adult, whose name I can't remember, simply gives a small little gasp and exclaims, "Dad!" I would normally have to watch three hours of cat videos to get this amount of adorable all at once. Terry got his own surprise when his aunt and uncle visited from Scotland, and was as adorable as his son in his surprise.
Leftover Christmas-y Thoughts: