Two talented singers ended their journey on The Voice Tuesday night, after America voted to determine which artists would make up the season’s Top 10.
The eliminations came one night after the Top 12 delivered red-hot performances – quite literally – in a live playoff show that connected with the audience so strongly that host Carson Daly said each artist charted on iTunes.
But one day after the performances, three singers – Sasha Allen and Garrett Gardner of Team Shakira and Vedo of Team Usher – stood nervously as Daly announced the results: Allen received the final save, sending Gardner and Vedo home before the next round of live performances on Monday.
Despite Gardner’s elimination, the experience was still a victory for the 17-year-old New Jersey rocker, who failed to turn any chairs during a blind audition last season but came back and made it all the way to the Top 12.
“As Usher and everybody else has said, ‘No risk, no reward.’ If you don’t get back up from a previous experience it doesn’t prove anything if you don’t try again,” he said before hearing the results. “It’s the most incredible experience of my entire life.”
His coach appreciated that he pushed himself in the competition. “He took risks,” Shakira said. “He took those risks with determination. He needed to shake things up, and sometimes it works and sometimes I doesn’t quite work. But he’s a young guy and he has a lot ahead of him. And he plays every instrument.”
Veteran judges Adam Levine and Blake Shelton – who was coincidentally celebrating his second anniversary with wife Miranda Lambert – looked thrilled that all of their teammates made it through to the next round.
Meanwhile, Vedo, whose last song was Michael Jackson’s “Rock with You,” said he still feels “accomplished” for having made it this far on The Voice.
“I feel like I made a lot of people proud,” he told PEOPLE after the show. “I feel like I made America proud. I’ve been an inspiration to a lot of people. I feel good because I’ve grown as an artist.”