By Pamela Gocobachi
Updated December 11, 2013 at 09:57 PM EST
Credit: Chris Haston/NBC

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On Tuesday night, The Voice said goodbye to Cole Vosbury and James Wolpert before crowning season 5’s top three contestants. EW was on the scene at the live elimination show and got the chance to chat with the newly eliminated contestants right after the show wrapped.

Team Adam’s James Wolpert was the first of two contestants to be eliminated during the semifinals, and the Pittsburgh local said he wasn’t surprised. “I was super prepared for it, but it’s still painful when you’re up there and you have to say goodbye to everybody in the moment,” said Wolpert, who’s looking at being eliminated as “an opportunity to start looking toward the future.”

As for what’s next, it sounds as though Wolpert plans to hit the ground running now that his time on The Voice has come to an end. The singer said he already has “frameworks and very vague foundations” for his own original music. “I think the next goal is going to be to cut a record as soon as I can…and put that out into the universe and go on tour as soon as possible.”

Like Wolpert, Vosbury “just kind of sensed” that he would be going home this week. “Even though I was praying for a miracle, I knew my number was up today, so today was a different experience. I think me and James both were just kind of like, ‘Yeah, it’s us two. It’s going to be us two.’ We knew it all day long.”

While Vosbury said he feels “very content with everything,” he was upset to find out he had been eliminated. “I think I would have been upset if I had made it to the finale as well, because it’s the fact that a chapter is closing in my life,” Vosbury said. “It’s bittersweet, but I feel very content with everything…[and] it was an honor to get to be apart of all this.”

As for where he plans to go next with his own music, Vosbury said he’s not ruling out going country, something he says has been on his mind since he was stolen by coach Blake Shelton from Team CeeLo. “I feel like God brought Blake Shelton into my path for a reason and I’ve been wondering if that reason is country music.”

Despite growing up a fan of the genera, Vosbury said he “didn’t go into this intending to be a country artist.”

“[Blake] never tried to push country music on me; it was just kind of a thing that I realized I could bond with him over,” Vosbury said. “I think it’s something I’m going to have to talk to him about and see what he thinks and keep thinking about it…but [country] is definitely a possibility.”

While Tuesday night’s results show ended with two exits, it also marked the return of prominent alumni Danielle Bradbery, Michelle Chamuel, Cassadee Pope, and sibling duo the Swon Brothers.

EW spoke with season 3 winner Pope about her debut single, “Wasting All These Tears on You,” going gold. The former Team Blake contestant said returning to the Voice stage and being presented with a commemorative plaque for the success of her single was kind of like coming full-circle. “It’s crazy, because I debuted that single right here, and to come back not too much longer after the fact and to have a gold plaque presented to me is kind of crazy,” she said. “It’s sheen a lot of hard work work this year that’s been paying off it seems and I owe it all to the show.”

Pope said next year, she’ll be focusing on pushing her latest single, “I Wish I Could Break Your Heart,” and also teased that she’ll be doing a lot of touring in 2014. “I have a Canadian tour I’m opening in January and February, and then I’m opening another tour in the spring and summer — it’s massive, but I can’t announce it yet! I’ll be announcing that probably in January.”

The Swon Brothers, who finished third during season 4, also made their return to The Voice on Tuesday and said coming back felt very much “like a family reunion.” “It doesn’t even matter that they voted us off!” Colton joked.

The duo, who performed their new song “Later On” and simultaneously released the track on iTunes, say they’re floored by the response the song has gotten so far. “It’s not even our single — we’re trying to pick a single — but the fans might have picked it tonight,” Zach said.

“It’s like No. 5 on the country charts right now and we just released it, so man, that’s a great response!” Colton added.

Like Pope, the Swon Brothers have a busy year ahead with plans to “be getting on a bus and a plane real soon to get to another Swon-cert.”

“We’re gonna keep playing shows, and when we officially pick a single, we’ll go on a radio tour and get it out there,” Zach said. “I think 2014 is going to be huge for us.”

The Voice will crown its season 5 winner on Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET.

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