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‘The Voice’ Recap: Cassadee Pope Dominates As The Top 4 Compete

Mon, December 10, 2012 10:04pm EDT by Billy Nilles Add first Comment
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This season’s final four visited home before taking the stage tonight, as we learned that three of them would be advancing to next week’s final round! Cassadee was my standout — was she yours?

As The Voice inches closer to its finale, the top four were sent to their hometowns for touching family visits before they took the stage to give it all they’ve got. It was their last chance to wow America before the finale. While it’s obvious that Cassadee Pope will be making it to the top three next week, the identities of the two gentlemen who will be joining her is less clear.

Trevin Hunte

Trevin Hunte fought tonight with “Wind Beneath My Wings” by Bette Midler. He dedicated his performance to the kids at his middle school, which is somehow in Georgia and not New York as I felt we’d been led to believe all season long. Earlier in the day, I’d written that Trevin needed to stick closely to the power ballads if he hoped to advance past the top four. Clearly, his coach Cee Lo Green had the same idea. Trevin sang this song like his life depended on it — will it be enough to earn himself a spot in the top three? We’ll see.

Nicholas David

Quirkmaster Nicholas David went home to Minnesota to see his new home for the first time and to spend time with his family before hitting the stage tonight. He had a really heartwarming homecoming at the Mall of America, where the mayor gave him a Golden Microphone. Nick hit the stage to sing Joe Cocker‘s “You Are So Beautiful,” which he dedicated to his family. Watching him sing to his wife and kids in the audience was a bit of a tearjerker, I won’t lie. He took the emotion of the moment and powered it into a masterful performance, rather than allowing the emotion to overpower him. It was a really standout moment.

A Mini-Reunion

Blake Shelton brought his entire season three team back together to sing “White Christmas” for his new holiday album, which they took the stage to perform live, as well. So many faces I’d already completely forgotten about! I chuckled when I noticed that 2Steel Girls, that mother-daughter country duo that was eliminated early, was made to share one microphone. One final indignity.

Cassadee Pope

On Cassadee’s trip home to West Palm Beach, FL, she visited a local radio station and received a key to the city while she performed “Torn,” her blind audition song, for her local fans. Blake handpicked the song “Stupid Boy” by Keith Urban for tonight’s performance — a particularly shrewd idea, returning to the country genre that Cassadee surprisingly shined in earlier in the season. Blake explained that he chooses country music for her because she has an ability to connect with an emotional lyric like no one else. I think that’s a wild stretch, but she sounded great nonetheless. Is there anyone actually worried she won’t be in the finale?

Terry McDermott

Terry McDermott visited his adopted home of New Orleans to surprise his son, who didn’t know he’d be coming. I’m not sure how much I believe it considering a camera was already in the house — what did they tell him the camera was there for? The better surprise was Terry’s aunt and uncle who flew in from Scotland. Terry’s shock and joy upon seeing them at that bar was really sweet. For his performance, he took on The Beatles’ “Let It Be”. I’d hoped that he’d try something a little funkier tonight, but there’s no denying that Terry completely wowed on the song. It’ll be interesting which one of these four is sent home tomorrow night.

Who was your favorite tonight, HollywoodLifers? Who deserves to go home? Let me know in the comments below!

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— Billy Nilles

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