"The Voice" 2016 saw its field of hopefuls cut from eight to just four during the Dec. 6 semifinal results show on NBC. So who advanced to the final phase of the competition based on the viewer vote, who scored the last Twitter Instant Save of season 11, and who was sent home? Here's a look at how the elimination panned out.

iTunes vote results point to first 'The Voice' 2016 finalists

After long-time show host Carson Daly chatted up "The Voice" coaches Blake Shelton, Alicia Keys, Miley Cyrus, and Adam Levine to get their take on the season to date, the top eight hit the stage for the first batch of results.

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Team Adam's Billy Gilman, who hit number one on the iTunes top 200 chart with his Dec. 5 cover of Celine Dion's "I Surrender," was the first contestant to claim a finale berth.

Following a commercial break, musical guest One Republic hit "The Voice" 2016 stage to perform "Let's Hurt Tonight" before Daly introduced a segment featuring the top eight as they visited with Jennifer Hudson on the set of "Hairspray Live!", which will air Wednesday night on NBC. The remaining seven then returned to the stage for more live results, which saw Team Blake's Sundance Head join Gilman as a finalist.

Sundance Head advanced to 'The Voice' 2016 finale during the Dec. 6 results show on NBC. The Voice/YouTube
Sundance Head advanced to 'The Voice' 2016 finale during the Dec. 6 results show on NBC. The Voice/YouTube

Hannah Huston returns to the stage

Season 10 finalist and viewer-chosen homecoming performer Hannah Huston then returned to "The Voice" stage to deliver "I Alone Have Loved You." Moments later, the six remaining hopefuls still awaiting their fates were called back to the stage, and Daly revealed the identity of the third and final viewer-chosen (and arguably most surprising) finalist: We McDonald of Team Alicia. Unlike Head and Gilman, McDonald was not one of the four hopefuls who earned iTunes vote multipliers this week.

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While viewers digested the news and awaited the identities of the three contestants who would sing for the final spot in the finals, Blake Shelton hit the stage to perform "A Guy with the Girl." "The Voice" 2016 results then continued as Daly revealed the names of the three hopefuls eligible for the Twitter Instant Save: Team Miley's Ali Caldwell, Team Adam's Josh Gallagher, and Team Alicia's Christian Cuevas. By virtue of those results, Aaron Gibson and Brendan Fletcher were officially eliminated.

The Instant Save performances followed, with the hopefuls singing the following tunes:

  • Christian Cuevas, "I Can't Make You Love Me"
  • Ali Caldwell, "Sledgehammer"
  • Josh Gallagher, "I Drive Your Truck"

During the commercial break that followed, Gallagher jumped out to an early lead in the Instant Save voting, and never gave it up as he claimed the fourth and final finale berth.

With the results in the books, "The Voice" 2016 will conclude next week on NBC as the new champion is crowned.

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Tune in to find out if it will be Billy Gilman, Sundance Head, We McDonald, or Josh Gallagher.

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