From left: Judges Adam Levine, Cee Lo Green, Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton
12/12/2012 AT 07:40 AM EST
And then there were three – thanks to Tuesday night's episode of The Voice
Team Blake's Cassadee Pope and Terry McDermott and Team Cee Lo's Trevin Hunte and Nicholas David all awaited their fates during the elimination round to decide the top three, with the coaches seeming to be relieved that they would not have a role in the challenging decision.
McDermott was the first to learn that America's votes had guaranteed him another round of competition. To their coach's delight, Team Blake went two-for-two when Pope joined her teammate in celebration.
While Shelton's team remained intact, Green waited for his contestants' moment of truth. The coaches struggled to say goodbye to either one of the beloved singers.
advised Hunte and David to soak up all the lessons they learned on The Voice
and move forward no matter what happened. Adam Levine opened up about his own regrets, having not turned his chair around the first time for the singers.
"I have grown to love you as people and love your talent so much," Levine said. "I was wrong not to turn around."
Their coach was also upset. "It's very disheartening and very difficult to see two of my best people on this show being pinned against each other," Green said.
David was the last contestant saved, while Hunte was sent home. "Thank you for pushing and motivating me." Hunte told his coach. "I love you, Cee Lo."