"There's just something about what she does that cannot be matched, so to see my name up there with her is an incredible compliment," he says

By Melody Chiu
Updated December 12, 2015 12:00 PM
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Hello from the top of the charts!

On Monday, Voice contestant Jordan Smith wowed America on the semi-finals of NBC’s hit singing competition show and subsequently knocked Adele out of the top spot on iTunes with his rendition of “Somebody to Love.”

“I was actually on the red carpet doing press after the show. We were all checking the charts anyway just to see how everybody was doing,” Smith tells PEOPLE about finding out the big news. “I opened my phone and saw it and I almost was moved to tears. It was so incredible!”

Like the rest of the world, Smith is “a huge fan of hers,” he says. “I love her writing style and her voice is just otherworldly.”

Still reigning at number one, the budding star says the whole experience has been surreal.

“There’s just something about what she does that cannot be matched, so to see my name up there with her is an incredible compliment,” he says. “I, in no way, feel I’m anywhere near her category. Just to see your name there among other artists like her is kind of a personal victory for me. It’s very special.”

And how will he top what he calls his “favorite performance” this season in the finale next week? Well, by not worrying about it.

“There’s a lot of pressure, I think, put on me to live up to that again or kind of recreate a moment like that, but I’m gonna start with a clean slate this week. I’m going to sing honestly like I’ve never sung before in my life.”

The Voice‘s season nine finale airs Monday and Tuesday at 8 p.m. (ET) on NBC.