The Voice: Bittersweet Ending for Singers as Show Prepares to Crown a Winner

From left: Terry McDermott, Cassadee Pope, Nicholas David and host Carson Daly

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updated 12/18/2012 AT 9:00 AM ET

originally published 12/18/2012 AT 5:30 PM ET

The final three contestants on The Voice are all cautiously optimistic – and pretty exhausted – as they head into Tuesday’s show, where one of them will be crowned the season 3 winner.

“It has been a long haul. I got an ear infection two days ago,” Team Blake’s Terry McDermott said after Monday’s show. “It feels like it’s been a constant battle the last few weeks.”

While he’ll be happy to get some rest, McDermott said he’ll miss singing for millions of people each week. “I’m actually quite sad,” he said. “You manage to get up every week and perform on this wonderful stage. There is a certain energy about it.”

Favorite Cassadee Pope, who’s also on Blake Shelton’s team, said she’s excited after Monday’s show. “I feel great,” she said. “I feel really good. I loved the tribute [to the Sandy Hook shooting victims] at the beginning. It just set the mood for the whole night. I just felt so thankful to be there.”


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