updated 06/12/2013 AT 7:00 AM ET
•originally published 06/12/2013 AT 7:55 AM ET
They survived eliminations, bonded with their coaches and won over America with their talents and charm, but on Tuesday two of The Voice’s five semi-finalists had to end their journey on the singing competition.
Saying goodbye: Team Shakira’s Sasha Allen and Adam Levine’s Amber Carrington.
Allen, a New York mom and background/Broadway singer, called her time on the show “an experience of a lifetime” shortly before learning her fate, and said, “I just want doors to open so I can open doors for my kids.”
Meanwhile, newbie coach Shakira, who will not have an artist represented in next week’s finale, eloquently praised Allen’s work ethic and said her biggest strengths are “her voice” and her “determination.”
“Determination is the engine that propels success in life,” the coach added.
Carrington, the last person to join Levine’s team after he was the only coach who pressed his button for her during the blind auditions, sweetly thanked him for “being the one button push that changed my entire life.”