‘The Voice’ honors Newtown victims with ‘Hallelujah’ rendition

Monday was a big night for contestants of “The Voice,” whose fate was to be decided on the NBC singing competition.

But before part one of the season three finale got underway, the contestants — along with coaches Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine and Cee-Lo Green, and hosts Carson Daly and Christina Millian — paused to remember the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, performing a soaring rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.”

During the performance, each person held a placard with the names and ages of the victims. Green held up a card for 6-year-old Jessica Rekos, whose funeral was today.

“The Voice” isn’t the only program to remember the victims; 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.

Scott Gargan