Season 5 is drawing to a close for "The Voice" and getting down to choosing the finale contestants was left to America in the waning hours of the night on Monday. That left the nasty business of sending two people home for the results show on Tuesday. And if you were watching "The Voice" on Monday, you could easily have guessed which three finalists were moving on to the finale face-off.
But if you didn't, here's a recap:
Before they got around to eliminating the first contestant, the third-place finishing country singers from last season, the Swonn Brothers, performed their first single, "Later On," which is to be featured on an upcoming album. As host Carson Daly pointed out, the guys had signed with a major label (Arista), and things were looking up. A good, up-tempo tune, the duo most likely have a hit on their hands.
Immediately afterward, the five finalists were assembled on stage for the first elimination. After the usual overly long pause, James Wolpert's name was called. James became Team Adam's first casualty of the Season 5 competition.
Then Michelle Chamuel, last season's runner-up, hit the stage. She performed her first single (also from an forthcoming album), "Go Down Swinging." A very nice, anthemic song, it has all the power and empowering capability of a "Brave" (Sara Bareilles) or a "Roar" (Katy Perry), but even catchier and more melodic.
It was now time to see who was going on to the finale. First (we are assured the placement is in no particular order) to make it through: Tessanne Chin from Team Adam.
Then we're back to promoting new material from old finalists. Cassadee Pope, Season 3's winner, performed the second single, "I Wish I Could Break Your Heart," from her latest album, Frame By Frame. Looks like she'll have her second country hit with that song, but to make the night special, her old coach, Blake Shelton, presented her with a gold album award (certifying the sale of half a million units) for her first single, "Wasting All These Tears."
Back to the elimination line-up and Carson Daly let's us know that Tessanne will be competing with, unsurprisingly, Jackquie Lee from Team Christina.
The last guest appearance was by last season's winner, Danielle Bradbery, who performed the second single, "Never Like This," from her self-titled debut album. Another catchy number. (Trivia: Songwriter Gordie Sampson co-wrote Danielle's "Never Like This" and Cassadee Pope's "I Wish I Could Break Your Heart.") Danielle's album debuted last week at No. 19 on the Billboard 200 and No. 5 on the Country Albums chart.
After all that new music, it was back to the last two finalists still singing other people's music in an effort to get to record their own: Adam Levine's Will Champlin and Blake Shelton's team member, Cole Vosbury.
And then Carson Daly announced that the artist going into the Season 5 finale to battle Tessanne Chin and Jackquie Lee was... Will Champlin.
Three syllables destroyed Blake Shelton's chance of mentoring a fourth straight champion. So now he and Cee Lo Green, whose last finalist, Caroline Prennell, was eliminated in seventh place, can just sit back and critique during the finale.
Team Adam will have two shots at the title. If he wins, it will be his second (he won Season 1).
Christina Aguilera, should Jacquie Lee win, will see her first victory.