Nicholas David makes the top four of The Voice
The Voice viewers last night held their collective breath as the last top four semi-finalist of the evening was disclosed. Tension built as the camera bounced around the studio onto the judges and contestants for the final decision between Minnesota's own soulful singer Nicholas David and the vivacious Amanda Brown of New York. With a bead of sweat rolling down his bowed head, and a hand on his chest, David awaited his fate on the show.
After a drama-laden few seconds, host Carson Daly announced that Cee Lo's team member "St. Nick" would be joining Cassadee Pope, Terry McDermott, and Trevin Hunte in the semi-finals.
David has won over many loyal supporters rooting for the family man from Eagan, from the entire panel of judges (including Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, and Christina Aguilera) to Howard Stern.
St. Nick's good news came late in the show, following a ridiculously good performance of "Criminal" between David and now-eliminated Melanie Martinez. Pixie-like Martinez packed a punch and had a lot of chemistry with the growling David, which made for a refreshing take on Fiona Apple's classic song.
Before making the top four, David had the chance to sing for America's votes twice on Monday night with one judge-picked song and one personally chosen song.
David first sang a retro-soaked, foot-stomping version of Earth, Wind and Fire's "September" - a song chosen by his coach. While it wasn't one of his best performances, David grooved along, looking right at home onstage with tons of bell bottom-clad dancers behind him.
It was David's stellar performance of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" that had viewers reeling. In fact, fans liked his rendition of the classic tear-jerker song so much that it climbed the iTunes charts to the number five slot. Showing off his emotional and vocal range from quiet and heartfelt to vibrant and doo-woppy, David tickled the ivories and gave the song his own personal touch.
Levine put it best when he told David, "I'm always curious to know what you're going to do next... That's a huge part of being a fan of someone's music, and I'm genuinely a fan of your music." We are, too.
What songs do you think David should pull out of his velvet-suited sleeves next week? Leave your suggestions in the comments.