‘The Voice’: Alumni Return, One Singer Goes Home

"The Voice":Nicholas David, Trevin Hunte -- (Photo by: Tyler Golden/NBC)

It was a lovely walk down memory lane on “The Voice” tonight, as the Class of Season 2 finalists all appeared in one form or another, a yearbook of forgotten faces (and voices) reminding us how little this show may ultimately matter in the budding careers of its contestants.

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Last year’s RaeLynn, Chris Mann and Juliet Simms all came by to perform new singles, and Tony Lucca, well, he showed up in the skybox with Christina Milian for about 30 seconds.

Let’s see, what did we learn? RaeLynn went on a cruise with Blake Shelton and “did some dates” with Blake’s wife, Miranda Lambert. Scandalous! Chris Mann is a professional self-promoter, plugging two albums, an appearance on Leno, and one time he performed for President Obama. Tony’s making a record with his coach, Adam Levine. And Juliet bleets like a baby sheep.

There was lots of talking and lots of thanking and lots of complimenting as the coaches all extolled abundant praise on the remaining four contestants. Christina Aguilera once again went on and on about all the TV music competitions she lost in her youth. It’s appearing that therapy might be useful.

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Carson Daly sat down for a lengthy interview (which apparently is even lengthier, as the full interview is online) with the final four, discussing their first attractions to music. According to Nicholas David, he blind auditioned for his mom way back when he was a kid, making her turn around while he sang Alice in Chains. All four came across as truly sweet people in this clip, the harder to root for any of them, because they’re all so gosh darn nice.

Also, Team Blake and Team Cee Lo each performed. For Blake’s team, Terry McDermott and Cassadee Pope duetted on “Little Talks” and it was totally great; Terry should have been doing contemporary music all along, because he seemed more current than he ever has on this show. Trevin Hunte and Nicholas David joined up on “Hero” which was perfect for Trevin, not so much for Nicholas. Sorry, but a disco soul guy from the northern county singing Mariah Carey? Just doesn’t mesh.

And finally, the results: Terry safe. Cassadee safe. Nicholas safe. And Trevin is going home. That’s one less chance for Cee Lo Green to take the win next week; looks like Blake might sweep after all.

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