Four singers stepped into the spotlight Monday night with the dream of becoming "The Voice."
After a last minute #VoiceWildcard save a week earlier, Damien Lewis joined final three competitors Craig Wayne Boyd, Chris Jamison and Matt McAndrew in "The Voice" arena for the season seven live showdown ahead of the star-studded finale reveal Tuesday from 9/8c on NBC.
Each singer was tasked with three performances: one song chosen by their coach, a duet with their coach, and to debut an original, previously unreleased single. All before a live studio audience of their families, friends and fellow top 20 "Voice" artists, with America watching at home.
Battling it out on the coaching panel were Adam Levine and Blake Shelton.
"I got three times the firepower," coach Adam boasted during the episode intro. Adam and coach Blake kept their verbal sparring to a minimum Monday as Damien, Jamison and McAndrew (all Team Adam), and Boyd (Team Blake) laid their musical talent on the line in effort to win the Universal Music recording contract grand prize.
"I'm going to do everything in my power to get that record deal," said Damien, who got the competition started with the heartfelt "A Song For You" by Donny Hathaway, chosen for him by his coach.
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Blake praised the Monroe, Louisiana native's ability to "float through a melody" but still retain the power of his voice. "It feels like a record you would make after this show," Gwen told the artist, who previously worked as a TSA officer at Los Angeles International Airport.
"It's so freakin' hard to sing," Blake said of his reason for never recording his original song "My Baby's Got a Smile on Her Face." But Blake believed Nashville resident Boyd had the ability to "shred it."
"That song was meant for you," Blake told Boyd, who was stolen twice during the season and competed for both Team Gwen and Team Blake. "You're ripe and ready to pick," Gwen told Boyd, adding she believed he had a big future as a touring artist.
The first duet of the finals saw coach Adam and Jamison tackle the Robin Thicke falsetto-fest "Lost Without You."
University of the Arts Philadelphia alum and music teacher Matt McAndrew was looking forward to the challenge of performing an original song and not having to sing in the shadow of other singers' fame. He sang "Wasted Love," a soul-searching ballad his coach said they had been working on "24/7."
"I completely got lost in that performance," said Gwen of McAndrew's effort. Coach Adam went so far as to describe his charge's single as "one of the best songs I've ever heard in my life."
Country boys Boyd and coach Blake next took the stage for their duet of Randy Houser's driving guitar hit "Boots On."
Damien then returned to the "Voice" arena alongside his coach for a performance of "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" by Elton John.
Hailing from Pittsburgh, PA, university mailman Jamison debuted the original single "Velvet."
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Shushing the cheering crowd, Pharrell told Jamison he believed "a star was born on this televison show," and watching Jamison change and grow as an artist is the reason America keeps voting him through each week
For their duet, coach Adam and McAndrew teamed for a performance of "Lost Stars" from the movie "Begin Again."
Craig Wayne Boyd dedicated his moving performance of Alabama's "In Pictures" to his two-year-old son.
Boyd's former coach Gwen said she knew had a "magic" when they worked together. His current coach descrbed the song – about the relationship between a father and a son – as a perfect statement for Boyd's life right now.
For his original single debut Damien chose the fist-pumping anthem "Soldier."
"I'm bursting with pride for all three of these guys," said Adam, adding he was the "happiest coach, win or lose."
Jamison, who professed to being shy when he started season seven, was charged by coach Adam to sing Justin Timberlake's "Cry Me a River." "Chris has one of the best falsettos," said Adam.
Closing out the finals was pop rocker McAndrew performing the 1939 classic "Over the Rainbow" from "The Wizard of Oz."
Gwen called the performance "beautiful," while Pharrell described McAndrew as "magical." For coach Adam it was "pure, so simply bittersweet."
Voting for "The Voice" final is open until noon eastern Tuesday, December 12, with the season seven winner set to be revealed during the star-studded "Voice" finale featuring Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran and Jennifer Hudson airing live from 9/8c on NBC.