Last night, The Voice didn’t open with crazy coach banter or hilarious montage sequences. Instead, the show took a turn for the serious as all four coaches, the three finalists, some eliminated contestants, and even Carson Daly and Christina Milian took to the stage to sing Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” in honor of the fallen children and teachers from Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Each singer held a card with a victim’s name and age in a touching tribute to the lives lost last Friday. If you were in tears (as we were), then you can only imagine how difficult it was for the performers.

When Wetpaint Entertainment caught up with finalist Cassadee Pope on the red carpet after her four performances, she talked about the impact the shooting had on her and on the show, as well as her thoughts about the rest of the finale.

Wetpaint Entertainment: You did such a great job the first time you performed the Miranda Lambert song and then you had to do it again tonight. Was it a nerve-racking to repeat that performance?

Cassadee Pope: It was so nerve-racking because I wanted to have the same reaction the second time. I would love for people to still connect with it even though I had already done it. I connected with it even more now because I was thinking about Connecticut and how horrible that is and about losing people. I was thinking about that as I was singing.

The buzz on Twitter is that you’re going to win this thing. What do you think of that?

I try not to let it affect me because I feel like the moment you get comfortable in this situation, that’s the moment it bites you in the ass. I’m always kind of on my toes and ready to fight — not literally, but with my singing. It’s been a great encouragement and it makes me feel good, but I’ve always kind of been my own worst critic so it’s still hard for me to believe that people are saying that.

Do you actually have an official Facebook page? There seem to be a few pretending to be you…

I have a Facebook. It’s Cassadee Pope Music. Fakers! The fan pages are fine, but people who pretend to be me are just bizarre.

Are there a lot of those?

I haven’t checked in a long time, but I remember back in the day when I didn’t even have a Facebook, someone was trying to hit up Pete Wentz’s assistant to try to get pictures of Bronx when he was born and she hit me up and said, “Is this you? I’m confused.” And I was like, “No!” That’s the only thing that freaks me out — when they talk about personal things.

How was having your family and boyfriend come visit you and Blake?

It’s the best. Having Blake meet the people who made me who I am and kind of molded me into this person meant a lot because he’s done that for me in such a short amount of time. They loved him before I was even on the show. They’re all fans, which is funny because they are all kind of star struck. My boyfriend has a bromance with Blake. He loves him. He wants to date him more than he wants to date me, but whatever — no, I’m just kidding. But it’s been good and I love seeing all of them in the crowd — my family, my boyfriend’s family, my friends. Gosh, it’s so good to have everyone be a part of this!

What’s it like competing against your teammate, Terry, in the finale? Is that weird?

It’s not weird at all because we’re individuals, and even before when we were competing against each other on our teams when it actually mattered — before America was voting for people in general — it didn’t feel like that. Our coach makes us feel very special individually. He doesn’t do favoritism or anything like that. He’s very real and he loves all of us equally so there’s never been a weird moment when we’re like, “Oh, you’re doing better than I am. I don’t know if I like that,” kind of thing.

If you win this, what is the first thing that you’re going to do? How are you going to celebrate?

Go to the wrap party — the infamous wrap party that they throw every year — and maybe have a glass of champagne and hang out with everyone. Hang out with all the other coaches that I haven’t really been able to spend any time with, and hopefully all the other artists that have come back for this finale, and just have a good time. If I win, though, the next morning I get up at four in the morning, so I can’t celebrate too much.

Do you know what’s in Blake’s cup?

In Blake’s cup I would assume is either vodka or gin — one of those because it’s not dark and it has to be alcoholic, of course. I’m sure it’s one of those. Very classy.

Are you relieved that you’re done with the performances now?

I’m so relieved that the hardest part is over. I was so worried about that tribute. I thought I was just going to lose it because at rehearsals, I did. I was like, “I don’t know if I’m going to be able to do this and sing for the rest of the show.” I’ve been saying this, but I feel like it’s such a good thing to think of yourself as the rock and think of yourself as the person that’s there for the people who are going through this. It’s not about you at that point. It’s about you being strong for those people, so that kind of made me compose myself.

That performance was very touching!

Yeah, it was hard. At rehearsals, all of us were very sad, but we got through it. 

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