“Sometimes when we’re at our most vulnerable is when we truly let people in to figure out who we are as artists,” declared Carson Daly at the top of The Voice Season 3 results telecast. Naturally, the super-efficient host’s use of “we” got me wondering if I’d somehow missed an important biographical detail from his past.
Was Carson ever in one of those post-NKOTB boy bands that never quite ignited the public’s imagination? (That would imply the guy gets, or has gotten, jiggy!) Does he moonlight as an acoustic troubadour, playing coffee houses up and down the California coastline? (That would suggest he wears his heart on his carefully pressed sleeve.) Oh wait, maybe he views hosting a reality singing competition as an art form. (But, really, only Cat Deeley can make that claim.)
Only Carson himself (or maybe Wikipedia) knows the answer. But me, I’ve got more important tasks at hand — no, not reading the Voice‘s wardrobe department for slapping another heinous scoop-neck blouse on Trevin Hunte — but rather, bringing you the intel on which three contestants will be competing in next Monday’s finale. Without further ado…
Sent to Safety (in chronological order)
Amanda Brown (Yes, you may say I’m a dreamer…maybe totally deluded…but I’m not the only one!)
Final Two Standing in Limbo
Yes, folks, barring Cee Lo committing an act of open warfare against Nicholas, you won’t be hearing a treacly old ballad on next Monday’s finale. Which is all well and good, seeing how Trevin performed enough of ‘em over the course of Season 3 that they’d all fit very nicely on a disc called Now That’s What I Call Music I’ve Heard 247 Times on Reality Singing Competitions (Vol. Kill Me).
And lest you think I’m being overly tough on the teenager with the monster voice and a penchant for denim vests, check out what he foisted on his unsuspecting public throughout his Voice “journey”: Beyonce’s “Listen”; Mariah Carey’s “Vision of Love”; Phil Collins’ “Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)”; Laura Branigan’s “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You”; Percy Sledge’s “When a Man Loves a Woman”; Whitney’s “The Greatest Love of All”; “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” from Dreamgirls; and Bette Midler’s “Wind Beneath My Wings.” Only Usher’s “Scream” (a hot, buttered disaster) and Katrina and the Waves’ “Walking on Sunshine” (too painful to be revisited with adjectives) broke Trevin’s saccharine streak. Truly, he was the right contestant to go home — albeit two or three weeks too late, if you ask me.
I just wonder how Trevin would’ve grown — and fared — had he been paired with a mentor who’d stretched the boundaries of his artistry with younger, hipper fare. WE WILL NEVER KNOW.
As for the telecast’s multitude of performances — pack ‘em in, I say, and spread the alumni love! — let’s do a quick rundown:
* Juliet Simms’ “Wild Child” | I could’ve lived without the black vinyl romper with odd fluffy train, but Season 2′s should’ve-been champ rocked pretty hard, even if the truncated live version didn’t have a chance to build to the same roaring conclusion as what I bought on iTunes earlier today.
* Terry & Cassadee: Of Monsters and Men’s “Little Talks” | Was it just me, or did Terry seem like he’d rather have been anywhere — even the Sprint lounge being interviewed by that nincompoop Christina Milian — than on stage for this duet. Cassadee, for her part, sounded great — and her green sequined dress was the outfit of the night.
* RaeLynn’s “Boyfriend” | Admittedly, the drawling kewpie doll Lolita haunted my waking nightmares throughout Season 2, but gosh golly darnit, her first single is as tart and addictive as a Sour Patch Kid, and her performance was loads of fun. That, plus the bonus fact that she cowrote it with fellow Voice grads Hailey Steele and Nicolle Galyon, prompted me to download it on iTunes right after the show.
* Chris Mann’s “Roads” | Dude has higher VPM (vibrato per minute) than a cell phone permanently stuck on vibrate, but I guess if you like Josh Groban music paired with Ben Stiller’s Blue Steel expression from Zoolander, then you’re more the target audience for this than I am?
* Nicholas & Trevin: Mariah Carey’s “Hero” | I’m just going to pretend the guys sang “Heartbreaker” or “It’s Like That” or “Emotions” because I just cahhhhhhhhhn’t (and in fact, I WON’T!) with another reality singing competition cover of “Hero.”
And with that, let me turn things over to you:
Did Trevin deserve to get cut? If not him, then who? And who’s most likely to take home the Season 3 crown next week? Hit the comments with your thoughts, and for all my Voice news, interviews, recaps, and exclusives, follow me on Twitter @MichaelSlezakTV!
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