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'The Voice' Performance Finale Opens With Tribute to Newtown Shooting Victims

December 18, 2012 (3:42 am) GMT
Coaches and contestants join forces for a somber performance of 'Hallelujah' before Cassadee Pope, Nicholas David and Terry McDermott sing for the winning title.

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"" was one step closer to crowning its third season winner, but before it celebrates one singer's glory, the show took a moment to mourn the deaths of 26 victims in Sandy Hook School shooting. The final performance show on Monday, December 17 opened with a solemn performance of 's "Hallelujah".

All four coaches and twenty contestants along with hosts Carson Daly and took part in the touching tribute. They each held a card with the name and age of one of the people killed in the tragic incident.

Later on, the Top 3 finalists sang three times: one was a solo performance, another was a duet with their coaches, and the other was an encore of their breakout performances from the season.

Nicholas David sang a medley of ' "Great Balls of Fire" and 's "Fire" for his solo performance. "Your fire tonight burned this house down," his coach Green praised him. Nicholas later reprised his performance of "Lean on Me" by Bill Withers before he teamed up with Cee-Lo for a rendition of Wild Cherry's "Play That Funky Music".

Cassadee Pope re-did her performance of "Over You" by . She also had a duet with in "Steve McQueen" by . For her final performance, Cassadee belted out "Cry" by . "For every great moment you've had on this show - and you've had a lot of them. I've never heard you sing as great as you did tonight," so Blake gushed about his protege.

Terry McDermott first sang 's "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)" with his coach Blake. jumped into the performance, appearing shirtless and wearing a long wig while playing a guitar. Terry later sang "Broken Wings" by Mr. Mister which is his son's favorite song.

"Every time you get on stage, something epic happens," Blake commented on Terry's solo performance. "The people in the room know it, the people at home know it and you make these classic rock songs sound new again. And nobody can do that, nobody's been able to do that, except for you, Terry." The aspiring rocker also reprised his rendition of "I Want to Know What Love Is" by .



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