12/11/2013 AT 9:40 AM ET
Ladies and gentlemen, The Voice officially has its finalists.
After a season filled with epic performances, game-changing steals and tense Twitter saves, a trio of singers proved they have the pipes – and grit – to compete for The Voice crown next week.
So who did America vote through to the finals, and who ended their musical journey?
Tessanne Chin and Will Champlin of Team Adam Levine and Jacquie Lee of Team Christina Aguilera all advanced, which meant James Wolpert of Team Adam and Cole Vosbury, coach Blake Shelton’s last remaining artist, bid adieu.
Chin, 28, was the first finalist revealed and also the least surprising. The previous night, coach Levine called her rendition of Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water” the “most flawless and graceful performance I’ve ever heard on this show.” The song also briefly topped the iTunes singles chart.
New Jersey native Lee, the youngest singer in the competition at just 16, was the next to be declared safe, bolstered by her version of “Angel” by Sarah McLachlan the previous night. Aguilera gushingly called her performance “the most perfect” Monday and Lee returned the compliment Tuesday night, thanking her coach for helping her discover the artist she wants to become and how to navigate the industry.
Champlin, 30, the son of Chicago band member Bill Champlin, was the last artist to learn his fate as he nervously stood next to the bearded Vosbury, 22, in the final moments of the show. Champlin shined Monday with his version of Fun.’s “Carry On,” opening himself up by taking off his glasses and cracking a smile that ultimately connected with audiences, who voted him through.
Tuesday’s results show also demonstrated that former Voice contestants really can go on to have successful careers after their time on the show ends. Host Carson Daly dubbed the evening a homecoming of sorts, as it included performances from several successful former contestants, including season four winner Danielle Bradbery, along with fellow finalists Michelle Chamuel and the Swon Brothers.
Season three winner Cassadee Pope also performed and received a plaque from former coach Shelton commemorating her first gold record for her hit “Wasting All These Tears.”
Coach Cee Lo Green took a bit of a back seat Tuesday, as he had no contestants in the semifinals. But he offered the best advice for the winners and losers of the evening.
“I think in this pursuit … they learned how to be consummate professionals,” he said. “So what I’m saying is someone should lose gracefully and someone should win graciously. If they can do that, then that’s cool.”
The final performance show will air Monday at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.