UPDATE---Dec. 4, 2012---10:00 p.m. PT-----Nicholas David made it into the final four on The Voice. The two eliminated singers were Adam Levine's remaining contestants, Amanda Brown and Melanie Martinez. David continues along with Trevin Hunte also of Team CeeLo and both Team Blake Shelton members Cassadee Pope and Terry McDermott. Original story follows:
The previous winners of NBC's The Voice were more typical of what sells song downloads these days.
Javier Colon and Jermaine Paul took the top honors in seasons one and two and there are singers left in the top six that fit that category.
Amanda Brown, Trevin Hunte and Cassadee Pope come to mind.
This time around, there are three voices other than theirs that are vying for fan votes and they are unique.
Terry McDermott is a rock singer whose specialty is classic rock tunes. You don't hear many like him on radio stations that don't play the classics.
Melanie Martinez has the breathiness and stylistic tones that you either love or hate. Dia Frampton from season one comes to mind, except she didn't rock the two-tone hair and little girl charm.
Then there's Nicholas David, a family man who looks like he was plucked from the cast of Hair the musical or the documentary movie Woodstock. Watch video posted below
In last night's top six show, he even demonstrated his knowledge of herbal medicine as he helped Adam Levine quickly recover from what took CeeLo down for the whole week.
Not your garden variety contestant on The Voice or any other singing competition show.
He has earned his fandom and not just from the public at large. Bill Withers came to the show and sat in on a rehearsal session with David and his coach CeeLo Green.
Withers caught Nicholas' rendition of "Lean On Me" and agreed with CeeLo about the range of the singer's talent.
The quiet and humble David rocks the long hair and vintage clothing of a performer of the late '60s who we might have seen at a club or coffee house in New York's Greenwich Village.
His signature move is putting his hands together as if in prayer and bowing to applause and words of appreciation from the judges.
With CeeLo out sick, his replacement Pat Monahan of Train asked Nicholas to up the ante a bit and stretch out of his top vocal range comfort zone.
It didn't work well in a song chosen by the absent CeeLo, "September" by Earth Wind and Fire.
Then Nicholas stepped up for his second performance and stunned the world.
His rendition of "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" was a beautiful interpretation of a song all of us know. Monahan pulled it out of him so that Nicholas David's heart and emotional soul were bared for all to see as he accompanied himself on piano.
It might have put him over the top in the competition, but we will all see the results show tonight and wait for America's choices. Two singers go home tonight.
NBC's The Voice airs results shows on Tuesdays and performance shows on Mondays starting at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT. Image: NBC/The Voice Nicholas David