"The Voice" 2014 saw its field of hopefuls reduced from five to just three at the close of the May 13 top five results show on NBC. So which talented aspiring singers earned berths in the May 19 performance finale and which were sent packing just a single week shy of the competition's highly anticipated season six conclusion?
After greeting mentors Adam Levine, Shakira, Usher, and Blake Shelton, host Carson Daly quickly welcomed the evening's first musical guest, the popular country group Rascal Flatts, to the stage to sing their recent hit "Rewind." Moments after the last note was sung, Daly called the five semifinalists forward for the evening's first reveal. After a dramatic pause, Team Blake's Jake Worthington, who earned an iTunes bonus multiplier for his May 12 take on Bryan Adams' "Heaven," became the first contestant to safely advance to the finals.
The week's visit to "The Voice" confessional followed as the mentors talked about the talents they wished they had, and then Daly turned to the mentors to ask what they'd do if their respective contestants made the finals. Shakira said she would be so happy to see Kristen Merlin advance, while Levine said he was very proud of both of his hopefuls and Usher stressed the importance of his semifinalist, Josh Kaufman, continuing to be consistent. A jubilant Shelton called it "the greatest night of the year for me so far."
The second musical performance of the night followed as season five runner-up Jacquie Lee hit the stage with her new single "Broken Ones." Afterward, Daly joined Lee and season five winner Tessanne Chin to answer viewer questions. The crowd cheered as Lee revealed that her favorite guest mentor was Ed Sheeran, who in turn announced that he would be performing on the season finale. Then the season five homecoming continued as third place finisher Will Champlin took to the stage to perform his new single, "Eye of the Pyramid."
With just one automatic finale berth remaining, Daly called the four hopefuls to the stage for the big reveal. After a dramatic pause, Kaufman earned the nod, leaving Christina Grimmie and Kat Perkins of Team Adam and Shakira's Merlin to sing for their lives.
While the three ladies prepared to perform for the season's last Twitter Instant Save, Chin returned to the stage to sing "Everything Reminds Me of You" amid a sea of neon signs. Afterward, Chin promised that her new album, which is set for release on June 24, will offer "something for everyone."
Following a break, Merlin kicked off the save-me songs with her take on Carrie Underwood's "Blown Away." Shelton admitted he'd always had a "soft spot" for her and called her relationship with Shakira "magical." Shakira said she hoped America would save her because she's a storyteller with a unique voice.
Perkins followed with another Underwood song, "Good Girl." Usher praised her for coming out swinging "like a vicious cat" and hoped that America would give her another shot. Levine expressed his adoration of her effortless performances.
Levine's second semifinalist, YouTube star Grimmie, was up last with "Apologize." Afterward, the Maroon 5 front man promised she would win the competition if tweeters would just vote her into the top three.
Moments later, Daly summoned Perkins and Merlin to the stage and officially opened the voting window. Real-time vote statistics were displayed during part of the commercial break, revealing a likely landslide for the 20-year old Grimmie. After the break, Daly explained that the graphic disappeared from the screen because of technical problems but encouraged voters to continue tweeting.
After the window closed, Daly revealed that Grimmie had been instantly saved, sealing the elimination of Perkins and Merlin. Given her massive Twitter following, the result came as no surprise.
"The Voice" 2014 continues May 19 on NBC with the performance finale. The season six winner will be crowned during the May 20 results show.