Before the final three contestants on "The Voice" gave their last performances on Monday, the singing competition paused to remember the victims of the Newtown school shooting.
With candles flickering in the foreground, "The Voice" coaches Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine and Cee-Lo Green led a rendition of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah."
The show's contestants and host Carson Daly joined them in song, with each person holding a card bearing the name and age of one of the victims.
As Entertainment Weekly points out, "Hallelujah" might not have been the best song to sing given its lyrical content, but the intent of the performance was crystal clear.
TV networks and movie studios as a whole are finding ways to pay respect to those lost in Friday's tragedy; the latest episode of "Saturday Night Live" also offered a tribute to Newtown in its cold open with a performance of "Silent Night" by the New York City Children's Chorus.
The Newtown children are in heaven. This is a is a vision my wife had of heaven yesterday morning, December 20th. When my wife was laying in bed praying, Sandy asked God what Pat was doing on her birthday. Pat was a friend of ours who died this past summer. Pat was in her 80s and yesterday was her birthday. God show her this is a vision of heaven: Pat was much younger and extremely happy. She was dancing along and had one her hand back and was leading a number of children who were in a row holding each other's hands. It was beautiful in heaven. They were dancing through flowers etc. Then, Pat sat down and the children sat down on the grass in a semi circle facing Pat who begin teaching them. Teaching was Pat's profession on earth. That was the end of the vision. Next, my wife, got out of bed and started getting dressed. As he was putting her pants, she heard God say "those are the children from Newtown Connecticut. "
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Such a warm and loving tribute...too many bright futures wiped out in the space of minutes. Olivia Engel, 6 years old, god child of a friend, had just danced in her first recital a week before. All of these children had bright futures ahead with untold promise in each small heart.
Slan Abhaile, little ones, safe home. May you dance across the heavens, scatter the stars, help paint the rainbows
Well done Voice and SNL, well done.
Heartfelt, honest and sincere. A beautiful tribute.
I couldn't agree more. My heart is breaking for the lives lost and the loved ones left behind. Thank you to The Voice for giving such a beautiful tribute to all of the little angels who have left us.
Can barely write from my tears. So Beautiful for all the beautiful young children and teachers who lost their lives that day.
I just wanted to say how very touching and classy that was of The Voice cast to open up the show with such a touching and emotional tribute to all the wonderful souls that were lost in last Friday's tragedy. So nice to acknowledge how heavy everyone's heart is over this and that we all need to pull together and be strong for those in need right now.
I totally agree!!
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