Following an evening of final performances alongside familiar faces--and the highly anticipated debut of Justin Bieber's new single "Boyfriend"--season two's final four took to the stage Tuesday night to await America's decision.
Emotions ran high as host Carson Daly asked Jermaine Paul, Chris Mann, Juliet Simms and Tony Lucca for their final thoughts.
"Winning would mean the world to me," Paul--a longtime backup singer for Alicia Keys--admitted, choking back tears.
Opera singer Mann explained that regardless of the outcome, the show had given him the most valuable gift of all: the opportunity to be himself for the first time. "I feel like I grew into my own right in front of everyone's eyes," the classically-trained singer told Daly.
Simms, for her part, was lost for words. "[This] was my childhood dream, and I'm standing here right now," the gravelly-voiced rocker marveled.
Former Mouseketeer Lucca--who became embroiled in a bitter feud with his former costar Christina Aguilera this week--told the show's host for the first time in his life he felt "like all of the work I've done so far wasn't in vain."
The contestants, studio audience, and coaches waited with bated breath as Daly got ready to read the results.
Stressing how close the outcome was--just a quarter of a percentage point separated the third place finalist from the fourth--Daly revealed that Chris Mann had placed fourth, and Tony Lucca third.
As Paul and Simms stood by, Paul's arm wrapped around Simms' shoulders, Daly explained that just four percentage points stood between the second place contestant and this season's victor--and paused before announcing that Team Blake's Jermaine Paul had won it all.