After a shortened semifinal performance show on Monday, The Voice sent one more contestant home on Tuesday.
Team Cee Lo's Trevin Hunte - who had been an early favorite to take the title - was the unlucky man out, and both he and Voice host Carson Daly joined Big Red Chairs on the red carpet after his elimination was revealed.
"This has been the best experience for me in my whole entire life," said Trevin. "I always say that I didn't expect to make it this far, even past the blind auditions, so to have made it to the top 4 has been a great accomplishment for me."
"I would have to say that I prepared myself for something like this," he continued, adding that he wasn't brokenhearted about leaving the competition. "I'm definitely super, super excited. I have an opportunity to relax and to see how things go on the other side as far as watching my fellow team member Nicholas [David] perform. I can't complain. I'll be here for the week and I'll get to see Cassadee [Pope], Terry [McDermott] and Nicholas perform at the finale."
He also had some parting words for his fans. "I just want to thank my fans so much," he said. "Words can't even begin to thank them. They've been so strong and they've been so passionate about me. I definitely thank them and I appreciate everything they've done for me."
You can keep up with Trevin Hunte on Twitter (@Tamor_11).
Was Carson Daly surprised by Trevin's dismissal? "A little bit," the host admitted. "I didn’t know how it was going to all come down. I might have thought that Trevin was going to get saved, if I’m being completely honest with you. I’m not surprised that Nicholas is in the top three because he’s awesome, but just thinking about the fact that an R&B artist won these last few years, I was kind of thinking that maybe Trevin would have it."
As far as what he enjoys most about being the master of ceremonies for the show, he said that "Just to be with regular folks is nice – people who I can relate to who love music like I do. I was a radio DJ not that long ago and made $18,000 when I was 24. I still can relate to the common person so I think for me to do the blind auditions where I’m in there with the families and grabbing the moms' arms is what I love about the show the most. The journey of being with them, making them feel comfortable on a red carpet and a fake environment in Hollywood is something that I actually really enjoy about the job."
In addition to being the host of The Voice, Daly is also known for using his radio show and late-night NBC talk show to help artists who have appeared on the series, no matter how far they advance in the competition. "I just had Jamar Rogers on my show to try and give him a little help with his promotion. He’s doing really great. He lives in LA now. It’s great to have Juliet [Simms] and RaeLynn and those guys are obviously doing well. Chris Mann is doing well," he explained.
"At this point with Fallon and Kimmel and Leno and Letterman, there are so many places in late night where all the arrived celebrities can go and chitchat," he added. "I really like my show to be about trying to help people still make that pursuit. My door is always wide open."
He also pointed out something that stood out to him about The Voice's Final 4. "We’re not talking about somebody that stood in line at the Staples Center because they wanted to be on a singing competition to become famous," he said. "We’re talking about people that care about music."
Cassadee Pope, Terry McDermott and Nicholas David remain in the running to be named 'The Voice' for Season 3. The final performance show airs next Monday at 8 PM ET/PT on NBC.
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