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EXCLUSIVE: 'The Voice' Finalists Dish On Nerves and Finale Performances With John Legend and Kelly Clarkson

by Zach Seemayer 10:27 PM PST, December 12, 2016
Playing EXCLUSIVE: 'The Voice' Finalists Dish On Nerves and Finale Performances With John Legend and Kelly Clarkson

As the first night of The Voice's two-part season 11 finale ended on Monday, the final four contestants were feeling pretty good about their performances and looking forward to the show's grand finale.

ET's Sophie Schillaci caught up with Josh Gallagher, Billy Gilman, We McDonald and Sundance Head for a Facebook Live interview after their big night, and the singers each opened up about their nerves going into Monday's show, and how they're feeling heading into the season's final night.

"To be honest with you, [there were] no nerves," Gallagher said of his performances on Monday, where he sang John Mellencamp's 1982 classic "Jack & Diane," a duet of Santana's "Smooth" with his coach, Adam Levine, and an original song, "Pick Any Small Town."

"I look at it this way. Tonight was another competition night, but it wasn't a competition because there's nothing after this. There's no more rounds, there's nothing you have to make it through," the Voice hopeful explained. "We're in [the finals.] We won. If you win, you win, if you don't, you still win. We made the top four, the finals on The Voice. Not many people can say that they've done that."

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As for Head, the country crooner said he definitely felt nervous before his performance, but admitted that he's "always nervous" when he sings for an audience.

"I really want to put myself out there every time I'm on stage. I feel like people can really tell when you do that," he explained. "I don't ever want to go out and go through the motions. If I'm doing that then I might as well just quit."

In his last night of competition, Head sang Etta James' iconic "At Last," performed a duet of “Treat Her Right!” by Roy Head and the Traits with coach Blake Shelton, and sang his own tune, "Darlin' Don't Go."

According to We McDonald, all four of the contestants are just happy to have made it this far in the season.

"I feel like I won regardless of what happens," McDonald said, adding that the remaining contestants have worked together for so long that they all support each other entirely. "Whatever happens, the person who wins deserves it."

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The 17-year-old singer is set to perform with John Legend on Tuesday, and the songstress could barely contain her excitement at the "breathtaking opportunity."

The two have been rehearsing for their big number, but McDonald joked that it's more for her than for him.

"He doesn't need much practice, it's him. But me, I'm practicing constantly, constantly, constantly," she shared, adding that rehearsals have been going "really, really well."

On Monday, McDonald delivered a stirring rendition of “Don’t Rain On My Parade” by Barbra Streisand, sang a duet of Stevie Wonder's "Ave Maria" with her coach, Alicia Keys, and performed her own original song, "Wishes."

However, McDonald isn't the only one excited to be singing with a massive star on Tuesday. Team Adam's Billy Gilman is set to take the stage alongside Kelly Clarkson, and the former child star had nothing but love and praise for the "Piece by Piece" singer.

"She sings so flawlessly… she's so humble and so kind and such an amazing mom," Gilman explained. "I don't know how she does it."

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While the two have been practicing together, Gilman has made sure to glean as much advice and wisdom from the celebrated songstress, who is no stranger to reality singing competitions (having won the first season of American Idol, obviously).

As for the best advice Clarkson shared: "Always stay true to who you are and never lose sight of yourself," Gilman recalled. "Never lose yourself in the moments, because it's you who America is loving, and always be true to that."

On Monday's show, Gilman wowed with a rendition of Frank Sinatra's iconic "My Way," and rocked a duet of The Everly Brothers' "Bye Bye Love" with Levine. He also performed his own original song, "Because of Me."

With Gilman and Gallagher on Team Adam, Head on Team Blake and coach Miley Cyrus unrepresented in the final four, McDonald and Keys are this season's only chance to see a female coach finally win after 11 seasons.

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Even though Cyrus is out of the competition, the "Wrecking Ball" singer isn't picking favorites. Cyrus hopped on Instagram on Monday to share cute selfies with each of her fellow coaches, and gave shoutouts to their teams and the remaining contestants.

Team Adam ! ❤️💚💛💙💜 @billygilmanofficial @joshgallaghermusic

A photo posted by Miley Cyrus (@mileycyrus) on

Love my big sis @aliciakeys & her LIL Lil sis @we_mcdonald !

A photo posted by Miley Cyrus (@mileycyrus) on

Team Blake!! @sundancehead was bada$$ tonight @blakeshelton

A photo posted by Miley Cyrus (@mileycyrus) on

For more on this season's star-studded finale, check out the video below!

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