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‘The Voice’ Pays Touching Tribute To Newtown Shooting Victims

Lyndsey Parker
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Following NBC's classy move to eschew "Saturday Night Live's" usual comedic opening skit, and instead have a children's choir dedicate "Silent Night" to the victims of last Friday's Sandy Hook school shooting tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, this Monday the network opened "The Voice" in a similar but even more moving way.

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Instead of "The Voice's" top three show kicking off with a wild number featuring Christina Aguilera in a bustier and hotpants or Cee Lo Green in a bushy Afro wig, on Monday this season's contestants--along with the four coaches, host Carson Daly, and social media correspondent Christina Milian--stood on a candlelit stage singing Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah," while holding individual cards printed with the names (and, even more heartbreakingly, the ages) of each of the horrific shooting's victims.

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It was probably the best version of "Hallelujah" that I'd ever seen on any singing competition (and I've seen a lot of them). This was an unusually dark and somber moment for a talent show's splashy finale week, for sure--but an entirely appropriate one.

Thank you, "The Voice."

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