Jillian Jordyn performed "Fingers Crossed" on Tuesday's edition of "The...

Jillian Jordyn performed "Fingers Crossed" on Tuesday's edition of "The Voice." Credit: NBC / Tina Thorpe

Melville teen Jillian Jordyn, one of the 14 singers pop star Gwen Stefani chose for her team on “The Voice,” was eliminated on Tuesday’s episode of the NBC music competition.

Despite praise from the show’s coaches for her Battle Round performance of Lauren Spencer-Smith’s “Fingers Crossed,” in a competitive duet with 16-year-old Rowan Grace from Rapid City, South Dakota, Jordyn nonetheless saw Stefani choose Grace.

“I’m so grateful for my time on ‘The Voice,’” the 17-year-old Jordyn, the daughter of Stu Wiener and Nicole Rappaport-Weinfeld, told Newsday the following day. “It was truly an amazing opportunity. I learned so much and it made me a better singer and artist. The whole cast and crew made the experience so comfortable and enjoyable.”

She added that, “Working with Gwen was also so amazing! She truly took her time with me to help me grow, and I’m so grateful for that. I could not have asked for a better experience. This was definitely a dream come true.”

Before making her decision, three-time Grammy Award winner Stefani, 53, enthused of her two team members, “So proud of my girls!” Fellow coach Camilla Cabello, 25, remarked, “I love the pride with which Gwen looks at the young girls on her team,” and went on to tell the two teens, “You guys are both such great singers.”

“Jillian, you’re really good,” agreed John Legend, 43. “Your voice is really cool and clear and piercing.” Blake Shelton, 46, told Jordyn she had “so much energy and you’re electric when you get on the stage and you’re singing, and you do a good job controlling that, because sometimes it can derail people. You sounded really good. I mean, my gosh.”

When it came to Stefani’s decision, the star explained to Jordyn, “I felt like at the beginning I could hear the nerves in your voice. … But you did great and you recovered and got better and better through the performance. You really did prove to me how talented you are. … I love your voice.”

“Me, too,” chimed in Cabello. But Stefani felt Grace was “the person who’s ready right now.”

Jordyn, a former student of both the East and West campuses of Half Hollow Hills High School before switching to online schooling, had earned a spot on Stefani’s team with her Blind Audition performance of Julia Michaels’ “Issues.”

In addition to singing — training with last season’s top-20 finisher Bella DeNapoli, of West Islip — the teen is an actor who played Attica Staines, daughter of defense attorney Nikki Staines (Callie Thorne) on two episodes of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” in 2019.

“I have a bunch of things in the works for the future,” Jordyn said. “I’ve been writing and recording a bunch of new music for an album,” having released her first single, “Fake Friends,” last year.

BLAKE SHELTON EXITING Country music star Shelton, the only “Voice” coach to have been a part of the show since it launched in 2011, said Tuesday he was retiring from the program at the end of the 23rd season in the spring.

“I’ve been wrestling with this for a while and I’ve decided that it’s time for me to step away from ‘The Voice’ after next season,” he wrote on social media. “This show has changed my life in every way for the better and it will always feel like home to me. It’s been a hell of a ride over these 12 years of chair turns,” he said, going on to thank crew members down to the “catering people, you are the best. It takes a lot of work, passion, and adult beverages (Ha!) to pull off a live show twice a week.”

He gave “a special thanks to those who chose me to be their coach.”

Stefani, his wife, commented on his Instagram, “I am so proud of you and so blessed to have found u. your talent brings joy to the hearts of so many people and i am so lucky to be part of ur life’s journey”

“You will be missed, brother!” tweeted Legend. “What an incredible run!”

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