Dec. 20, 2012 at 10:04 AM ET
Season three of "The Voice" is over, and coach Cee Lo Green has nothing but well wishes for winner Cassadee Pope. But don't mistake his support for acceptance of the results.
"I really did think that my Nicholas (David) did have a very strong chance, and I do believe that he should have won," he told TODAY's Savannah Guthrie Thursday morning, just prior to a performance of "This Christmas" from his album, "Cee Lo's Magic Moment."
Nicholas was the last remaining member of Team Cee Lo, and when Cassadee beat him out, that meant Blake Shelton's team had provided winners two seasons in a row.
But, added Cee Lo quickly, "Cassadee is really talented, so we also congratulate her as well."
He also assured everyone that while he's taking a break from the competition next season, he's definitely coming back for season 5 of the show.
But that wasn't all Cee Lo had to contribute on Thursday. His singing prompted "Meet the Press" host David Gregory to shake his groove thing in the background during the song (a fun animated image of said grooving can be found here), and then he stuck around to chat with Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford later in the morning.
During that interview, Cee Lo explained a bit more about his need to take a break from "The Voice." "People forget because of the television success that we're having that I'm a musician. I like to get back to my music and my music fans," he said.
Meanwhile, "The Voice" winner Cassadee Pope also showed up on the TODAY Plaza to discuss her win, which she's still getting used to. "Hearing (host) Carson (Daly) say my name was just unreal," she said. "I felt like I was dreaming."
Prior to coming on "The Voice," Cassadee was the lead singer for a band called Hey Monday. And now that the finale is over, she says she's working on getting back up to speed in the real world, since being "sequestered in a hotel for the past two months" was a little isolating.
But, as she noted: "It's like a whirlwind, but I'm so ready -- I've been ready for years, and it's ... finally happening."
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