June 5, 2013 at 10:29 AM ET
On Monday night, Holly Tucker joked that she thought “The Voice” producers kept placing her in the bottom group during elimination shows because of her “great” reactions to being saved.
Yet on Tuesday, there was no last-minute save. Tucker was axed from the competition, and was visibly upset after hearing the results. Fans watched as she was comforted on stage by her fellow singers and her coach, Blake Shelton.
“It wasn't a shock,” a teary Tucker told TODAY.com following the show. “From iTunes (sales) I kind of knew. It's okay. All I have to say is just, if you want your favorite artist to stay in the competition, buy their single. It matters.”
Did she have any idea what about her two performances from Monday – Martina McBride’s “When God-Fearin’ Women Get The Blues” and Rascal Flatts’ “My Wish” – didn’t connect with America?
“I don't know,” she said. “Really, I don't have an answer for that. I don't know.”
Yet even as she was reeling from her departure, the Team Blake singer from Baylor looked back on her journey with pride. She said she’d grown as an artist, “just having the confidence grow inside me that I've seen week after week. It's just really cool to go back and watch how that changed in me over the past few months.”
As for which of her performances she thought best represented her, “One that really meant a lot to me was doing ‘How Great Thou Art,’” she told us, referring to the show-opening performance dedicated to the victims of the Moore, Oklahoma tornado. “I was able to just give it all back to the one who really matters. That was a really special performance to me and I'll never forget that moment.”
Although she was emotional for herself, Tucker explained that she has nothing but love for her coach and her fellow artists. “I love Team Blake and I think that everybody here is super talented,” she said.
Asked what she thought as they rallied around her on Tuesday night, “I just felt a strong sense … that it was going to be okay,” she continued. “We all have good futures. ‘The Voice’ has given us that great of a platform that we can all be successful.”
Tucker now hopes to use her time on the show to start her music career. “I am hopefully going to be able to hit the ground running and get some new music out there as soon as possible. Do some meetings in Nashville. Hopefully I can get a record deal,” she explained. “We'll see what happens, but whatever it is, it's going to be good.”