Four Things You Didn't See on TV

edited by Austin Powell

1) After the Team Cee Lo performance of "Everyday People" during the second week of live rounds, I was rushed offstage to the "quick change" area – four curtains, a clothes rack, and two wardrobe folks – where I was stripped of my 1970s vintage Family Stone look and suited up for "Sex on Fire." This was followed by a complete hair touch-up to give me that slicked-back Michael Douglas from Wall Street look that Coach wanted so badly for me to rock during that number. It worked.

2) Remember that piano bench I kicked during my final solo performance? Originally the choreographer asked me to just sort of "push it back" and that the set guys would equip the feet of the bench with pads to make it glide. During the first run-through, Coach Cee Lo wasn't happy with this at all. He called me over and said three words: "Piano bench violence."

3) [Executive Producer] Mark Burnett loves the people who work for him and a good challenge, but more importantly, he loves creating great moments on television. Almost every single time before I went onstage he was there with a quick word. Being very serious, he would lay it out – why this moment meant everything to me and the rest of the world.

4) Very early on, I pitched the idea of having the show take me to a barber to get my beard groomed and my hair trimmed. In my mind it was all very Wizard of Oz/Cowardly Lion grooming in the city of Oz. Well, the producers loved it. They took me to Felix Omar in Studio City. That first day they shot over two hours of footage of him giving me the whole bit: the hot towels, the straight razor, the scalp and face massages. But they never used it! My extravagant beard grooming makeover is out there somewhere, just waiting to be seen.

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