When Holly Tucker learned she didn't make it to the final five on "The Voice," the country singer didn't hide her feelings. Rather than pretending it was all OK, as so many others have done before her, she broke down in tears while her Team Blake pals, The Swon Brothers, comforted her.
During a Thursday morning visit to TODAY, the ousted contestant explained why the moment hit her so hard.
"I think it was just the fact that I've been here for almost two months now and just going through this whole process," Tucker explained. "It's been a lot of work, a lot of time put into it. I was thinking about how much I'm going to miss my teammates, and how much I’m going to miss everybody there on the show."
Now the tears are over for the 19-year-old. Instead of mourning what's she's lost, she's focused on what she's gained.
"I have watched myself literally transform as a performer," she said of her time working with coach Blake Shelton. "I've gotten so much experience, and I can't be more grateful for it."
As for what's next for Tucker, she's had to make a tough choice: school or music career.
"Education will always be there, but the platform that 'The Voice' has given me will not," she said. "I need to really capitalize on that. I want to get music out there as soon as possible, 'cause ultimately, that's what I love and that's my passion."
See how the remaining contestants fare in the competition when "The Voice" airs Monday at 8 p.m. on NBC.