The contestants are dwindling and tonight just may be the most emotional performances from the entire season. Four contestants will become three and each artist knows they must give it their all. The Top 4 include Team Blake’s Terry McDermott and Cassadee Pope and Team CeeLo’s Nicholas David and Trevin Hunte.
After a holiday themed introduction of “Christmas Baby Please Come Home” by Michael Buble it was time for the contestants to visit their hometowns and then take the stage for some powerful performances. With just a week away from finding The Voice, emotions ran deep.
Contestant: Trevin Hunte
Sings: “Wind Beneath My Wings” by Bette Midler
An emotional performance, Trevin dedicated it to his old middle school in Georgia. “I was that kid who was told I wasn’t going to be anything,” the 18-year-old told students during a visit. “I want to tell you that hard work pays off. Once you have a dream, it can always come true.” With beautiful, whispered vocals Trevin once again proved why he’s been voted to stay. A hint of gospel in between his belts, his talent is undeniable. A song Christina grew up performing, she said she “never sang it as crazy great as that.” Trevin’s shot at becoming The Voice are getting closer and closer.
Contestant: Nicholas David
Sings: “You Are So Beautiful” by Joe Cocker
Inspired by a recent trip home to Minnesota and visit with his family, Nicholas dedicated this performance to his family. Sans glasses, he neared the edge of the stage singing to his wife. Singing with a perfected inflection alongside a piano his poignant vocals came out effortlessly. It turns out his wife wasn’t the only one choked up at the end as he needed to sit down to get his balance back as the judges gave him many accolades. “You’re one of the most soulful people I’ve ever met,” Adam confessed. CeeLo agreed. “It was so heartfelt, so beautiful.” But will that be enough to keep him to the next round?
After an enjoyable performance of “White Christmas” from Blake’s previous 16 contestants it was time for the final two on his team to perform.
Contestant: Cassadee Pope
Sings: “Stupid Boy” by Keith Urban
The West Palm Beach, Florida, native went back to her hometown and asserted, “I’ve just got to keep pushing through it and make my whole family proud.” And that she did with this moving performance. Dressed in an elegant purple gown she managed to put her own spin on the popular country hit. The slowed strokes of piano allowed her voice to shine and show off her soaring vocals. Her wavering range showed power of the song and her ability to transcend what’s possible. “Sometimes your voice sounds so right on that it almost sounds Auto-Tuned because it’s so perfect,” Xtina confessed. “The passion that you evoke brings your lyrics to life. I believe you and I think that’s what’s so important.” Coach Blake agreed. “She has the ability to connect with the lyrics like nobody else I’ve seen on the show.” We’ll just have to see if America feels the same.
Contestant: Terry McDermott
Sings: “Let It Be” by The Beatles
There are few artists that can pull this song off. Terry showed everyone that he is one that can. His pristine vocals and effortless singing style gave him such a relaxed and eased look on stage. Practically transforming the track into a gospel song, Terry impressed all the coaches. “Thank God for you, Terry. You’re so wonderful. You did an incredible job,” Adam gushed. “That song is sacred ground and there are only a handful of entertainers in the world that should sing that and you’re one of them,” Blake asserted. “In my absolute heart I believe that that was musical perfection.”
Was Terry in fact musical perfection? Who will make it to the next round? Now it’s up to you at home.
-Annie Reuter, CBS Local