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Q) Kat, for Josh, and for Tessanne. And Kat, maybe you can start. I really believe that the three of you have really been super consistent in your three performances that we've seen so far. I'n each of your minds, what do you think it's going to get the audience vote and to win this. And, do you plan on changing anything up from what we've seen already?
Kat: Well, for me, I defiantly want to show a little softer side because I feel like - which is the past three songs that I've done - they've all been pretty heavy hitting. And I do have a little - I can sing a little bit prettier than I have been. But I'm looking forward to doing some more recent songs, as well. I'm excited about that.
Josh: Yes, I feel pretty good about my performances - in looking back. I think that the key is consistency in a contest like this with so many talented people. Because nerves do play a large role in a game. I'm looking forward to playing an instrument in the future because I'm a guitarist as well. And maybe to show, like, some other sides of my voice that people just haven't heard yet. So honestly, I think that's all I'm looking to do in the next couple of performances.
Tessanne: I'm looking forward to just really, you know, improving. And, you know, expanding more musically and seeing what other sounds I can do. And really making sure to put my stamp on whatever song I do. And to just test other sides the best way I can. So that's my way looking forward.
Q) Cole, can you talk about how you went about choosing your song? When did you first hear it? And is it something you knew you wanted to perform if you made it to this point?
Cole: Yes. I had heard it not actually long before the performance, actually. I heard it probably about a week or two before. And I just kind of went to CeeLo. And I said I really want to do this song because I haven't done anything like this, that slow pretty acoustic style stuff. It's really what I do. It's how I write my songs. So that's kind of why I wanted to do it because I wanted to show a different side of me that I hadn't shown before.
Q) What's your take on kind of like the reaction to it? When I checked the iTunes' chart this morning, it was number 19 on the main chart.
Cole: Yes, from what I understand, I'm 19 on the overall chart and 12 on the pop chart - not to be confused with pop tarts. And that's just insane to me because it's - I mean I really kind of felt like the underdog a little bit so far because my Jeffersons' thing was kind of under the radar. I mean people didn't like it. It was responded to a little bit. But I defiantly felt like the underdog. And I think that now people are kind of - hopefully, taking notice of me now. And hopefully I've kind of made my mark a little bit and hopefully I don't disappoint. But hopefully I can top it and do better. But I'm really, really pleased and overwhelmed with everybody's telling me how much they loved the song and how great the performance was. It's just been amazing.
Q) Tessanne, you sat there and you watched Ashley perform. What was going through your head?
Tessanne: Well what was going through my head is I really didn't know what the judges wanted or what they expected because when you put somebody like Ashley up against somebody like me, we're completely two different styles. And I completely rate Ashley - I rate her tone. I rate her vocal ability and her vocal strength. And I just didn't know what to expect to tell you the truth.
Q) There seems to be a train, first it was trying now it's stronger. Are we sending a message here with the music that we're choosing.
Tessanne: To me that is a greater purpose of music. And for me, that has always been something that has been intriguing. I'm trying to keep a positive message at the same time. And why not. So I thought that was the most representing of me at the same time because it's taking a lot to get to this point and as you can see the challenge here is fierce. And also, it's no play, play thing. So for me, it's just really staying true to myself and try my best to make myself and my country proud. But also to fit into this wonderful new world.
Q) Nic, can you talk about your approach and arrangement to your song? Was it all you or collaboration with your coach?
Nic: I came into this round kind of thinking, but I made the arrangement myself. So I came in and was like this is the way I want to do it. I kind of - I had a couple of things to show them like -YouTube wise, just a couple of references. But I kind of just went in there with the thought of kind of, doing this like R&B slow downed version of a good song. And really kind of just own it. And really just showing a different side of me because people have seen me like bounce around the stage like a bunny for like the past two performances. And so I kind of wanted to slow it down and show people that I can do - vocally there's some beef in this competition. And so I want to try and compete with the best. I want to try to learn and do as much as I can in the time that I'm here. So I'm just really trying to show just different layers of who I am.
Q) Are you looking to change up your future performances? What can we expect without telling us?
Nic: Honestly, my plan for the rest of my time here is to really just go out. And every performance try to surprise. I don't want anybody to think of what I'm doing next. Which is kind of, I think, the trend that is followed - is a lot people haven't expected the songs that I've done or at first glance they're like - what the hell? Like, what is he doing? And then, you know, you get to really see how it's done. And so I'm just excited to like just experiment more musically. And yes, I'm defiantly going to put my own stink on whatever song I'm doing.
Q) Josh and Olivia, both of you have different styles of singing or genres from your coach Christina. I was just wondering, what sort of tidbits does she give as sort of like a diva singer? Because obviously, Josh, you're a guy. And, Olivia, your genre is country. Like, what does Christina offer to you as a coach? Like, what kinds of tips does she give you both?
Josh: There's so many different things every time we attack a new song, you know. It's just this process that you have to work through and we're meeting her for the first time - and likewise. So not the first time, but one the few times that we've got to work with her. So every time we work with her, I think I get more comfortable in who she is personality wise - on a one-on-one basis. And now it's just a matter of seeing what this song does. And now she kind of knows what my voice does and applying what I do best to said song.
Olivia: I think Christina's just- she's literately taken each and every one of us as an individual and really honed in on like who we are. Genre wise, she obviously isn't country. So, and she never wants to make anything really karaoke sounding. So I really think that that's helped me a lot because it's hard for me to get out of like the melody - everything that I've always been used to hearing of each song that we do. So she always wants to - even if it's a cookie cutter country song, she always wants to change it up a little bit. She defiantly did that with You're no Good. We had a long rehearsal where the band completely changed the melody and everything. So it's really nice that she doesn't want me to go out there and just be a cookie cutter country artist. And that she wants to really change things up for me. So I think that as a female, I really relate to her, as well. And she's just amazing. And she understands that there's times when you need breaks. And there's times when you can't always go full out. So we defiantly relate on that level, as well.
Q) How do you guys both feel when she whips out the incredible vocal run?
Josh: Every time she opens her mouth, it's like effortless and like she just kills it. And if there's anything that I want to take away from this experience - it's like anything that she does - I want to soak it in like a sponge. And then I wanted to do the best for her. And show her that her time with me is well spent. And that I'm really learning from her.
Olivia: Yes absolutely. Like, every time we're together in there I just always want to - definitely take note and listen to everything that she has to say. Especially when she sings to me, it's still a little surreal. And we're in the room with Christina Aguilera. And you couldn't learn from anyone better. So everything's just been amazing. And hopefully once it goes live it'll feel a little bit more real than it does right now.
Q) Tessanne, Kat and Shelbie what is the best piece of advice that your coaches have given to you that really has sustained you throughout this whole process so far?
Tessanne: I think for me with Adam - it's defiantly just - you know, stay true to myself. And sing from the heart. And believe what it is I'm singing. Because I know there were a couple times there when he was like, I really need to feel you on this. I really need to feel like you're in this song. And that you believe it. And that you know who you are in this song. So that has been the biggest, biggest challenge - is to put myself into every song that I'm singing and to make people believe it. And to be myself in there.
Kat: Well it's very similar to what Tessanne said. CeeLo's told me to be myself and, you know, he hasn't tried to change my performance aspect of it at all. As far as vocals - just techniques - I've worked a lot on technique. And I've learned a lot through that. And really learning how to connect with the song personally. That's been really cool as well. But I love CeeLo as a coach because everything that he says is just so on point. And I've learned a lot from him. And I'm very, very appreciative to have him as my coach.
Shelbie: I think the biggest piece of advice that Blake Shelton's gave me is just to be yourself. Keep your sass but control it at the same time. There's a fine line between being confident in yourself and being arrogant. And I really have to watch that. And not over step that boundary. And I think that's the biggest piece of advice that my coach is given me is to sustain your confidence but at the same time be humble.
Q) Tessanne, what's it like working with Adam?
Tessanne: Well first of all, I mean to be standing in a room with one of the greatest musicians is just a complete, complete, I don't think I'll ever stop being just a little too star struck by the whole thing. But when he starts to talk to you and you realize that he is talking to you. And he's paying attention to everything that is coming out of your mouth musically. And while you're talking to it's just - it's amazing. And he doesn't miss a thing. Let me tell you. He doesn't miss a beat, a key. I'm very tough with myself. But he understands that as well. And he is just as tough and just as, he really, really pushes me to get the best performance. And I need that. So I just relish, like, everything that he says. I take it for goal. And I relish the chance I get to spend with him and just to really pick his brain about certain things. And listen to his advice. And I feel so incredibly blessed to have that opportunity.
Q) What's the process?
Tessanne: Well it's exactly like what you see. I mean, I'm sure they have an idea of what it is you're going to sing. But you go in there. And you talk about it. And, you know, there's so much that can be aired and can't be aired because there's a limited amount of time. That's right on the TV. So, he really - I was particularly having some vocal troubles on that day. I was horse. You don't go in to it with half yourself. You really want to go in with all your guns blaring. But he was very good. And he gave me some awesome advice just to take care of myself and look after myself and not to worry about so much. And, you know, he's just a very insightful, wonderful coach.
Q) Josh, Johnny and Nic, I think the audience gets a sense that you all have become very close friends. So when you do win over the other person, can you take me a little bit to those feelings. Do you feel happy, sad, all of those things. And when it's stolen, explain that too.
Josh: The friendships are going to last no matter what happens. I mean, we're all happy for each other. We're all in good company - and we know what we're up against. We know what kind of talent is in this whole camp. And honestly, it's a friendly - it's a good competition. We're all here to do the same thing. I think that the guys would feel the same way about that.
Jonny: I agree with Josh.
Nic: I think it's the same. I mean, everyone you just - you can't help but just grow really, really attached to people. And so for me personally, I know, last night's episode was really rough for me. Like being in that perspective and watching somebody else- that you've grown so close to, get up and perform while you're setting there on stage. It's all so weird and surreal that it's actually happening. And so when you see one of - you're like good friends like Holly leave. It's the worst - just because you want to see everybody. Everybody loves what they're doing and, you know, there supposed to be doing like this is their passion. And so to see anybody go, it's the worst. But, yea the friendships are just going to keep going. So that's not a problem.
Q) Just because you want to see everybody. Everybody loves what they're doing and, you know, there supposed to be doing like this is their passion. And so to see anybody go, it's the worst. But, yea the friendships are just going to keep going. So that's not a problem.
Tessanne: Absolutely, Absolutely.
Nic: And there's no, like big - there's no jealousy issues. There's no one who's like a big B who's crazy. I mean I'd say, I'm probably the closes thing to a B on this. But, I'm just - everyone is just, you know, we're happy for everybody. Because Cole, like is killing it right now on the charts. And like, as soon as - we are rooming together right now - so as soon as I woke up this morning - like as soon as he opened his eyes, I was like you're top 20 on iTunes just so you know.
Q) If you win the competition, have you thought about what kind of album you would want to make?
Kat: Yes. I want to For me it would be definitely be like a pop rock kind of island kind of vibe. I mean, I absolutely adore Emma Lasandaz new album and people like Pink and Adele and people like Lorain from Europe made a rock and roll album. I mean and like a really, really fun rock and roll album with a shitload of theatrics. I'm a huge fan of Queen, of David Bowie. I've said that many times. But I also really love the kind of rock and roll that you get from the Rocky Horror Picture Show, you know, and Head Wig and the Angry Inch. I really love the rock operas. And and I think that Fun, their most recent album - I heard like hints of that in their album. And I got really excited about that. And I'm a big fan of them. So, yes, that's the kind of album that I would want to put out - something that people can really have fun listening to.
Josh: Yes, man. I really want to work with some amazing producers. That's why I like to put myself out there. And find someone that knows what I do and wants me to do what I do best. And I think that's the realm of R&B soul kind of something in that light. I want to come out with some positive messages and just some tight really funky at times. I mean, I like to think of my style as pretty versatile. And I'd like whatever I record to reflect that to be mostly genre - to be just something that people want to listen on to see what I'm going to come up with next. That's the kind of music I'm into. I also love Lana Del Rey. So you never know with me. I just want to make good music and lasting music -music that will be around for a very long time even when I'm not.
Q) Kat you're such a natural on stage. And I'm wondering how much of what you're doing on stage is advice CeeLo gives you or if it's all you. Like what have you learned from him in terms of being an entertainer since he's really known for that.
Kat: I think since I've been on the show, I've basically been doing my own thing as far as how I perform. That's how I've been performing for years. But that being said - I am very heavily influenced by performers like CeeLo Green and past performances that he's had. And I've said many times I became fan of CeeLo when I saw him dress as Darth Vader for the MTV Movie Awards. That performance blew me away. And since then he's dressed up with the Muppets. And he's done all that. He really puts it all out there. And so I really admire him for that. And that's a really big reason why I was fortunate enough to him - to have the opportunity to choose him as my coach. But anything he's said to me, I've taken he's advice because he obviously knows what he's talking about. I really admire him. And I am here to learn. And I'm here to improve in every aspect. And there are so many different people that work on the show that are all have their hands in the performance and the hair and makeup and wardrobe and rehearsing with the band. There are so many people giving you advice. And on top of all that CeeLo giving you advise. So it's just a wonderful, wonderful learning experience. And it's a wonderful place to be right now.
Q) Tessanne, what's that thing that you think you have going into this thing? Do you think you can take it all the way?
Tessanne: That's a very hard question. Have you seen the talent on this show? Everybody is talented.
Q) Amber Nicole, Nic and Cole have been stolen at some point. Can you tell us what that feels like, what's going on through your head as you're giving your thank you's and your goodbyes to your coach and then suddenly another coach swoops in to save you. Is it as dramatic as it looks on TV?
Amber Nicole: It feels good in the end of when right when you feel like you're about to go home, it's the worst feeling in the world because you know you're not ready to leave The Voice and you don't want to. But it also feels ten times better when you know that someone wants to keep you on the show. And it's a blessing. It's always good to know that those coaches aren't ready for your talent to leave. It's always good to know that is your voice and your sound and the music that you do it's not washed out. They want to hear more. So it's always a good feeling.
Nic: I'd say it's the worst. It's you're in that moment. And you're performing your heart out every week. I know personally it was the most emotional part for me so far. I cried like a pansy which was awesome. And it was just you go from being super sad because you think you're going home. And then you get stolen - especially for me by someone who I never thought would have any interest in trying to steal me. So it's - it was a roller coaster of emotions. But I mean, yea it is as bad as looks - it is as nervous as it looks on TV maybe even worse - maybe even worse.
Cole: I'm going to kind of touch on a different place then them because our knockout went a little differently. Jonny and I were very fortunate to have Adam tell us that we were both safe's. That no matter who lost, the other one was safe. So I never - even though we were both kind of like nervous - oh which one of us is going to be. As soon as he said that, it's like oh okay all the weight lifted. But it's just - it's amazing to get to work with two different coaches and two different super stars. And first and foremost, I will say that I am forever grateful to CeeLo Green for hitting his button and for hearing something in the way that I was doing the Jefferson's to make him because he was the only one who turned. And I wouldn't be here if it weren't him - and if it weren't for that. But I'm also very thankful to Adam and Blake for hearing something in me as well to make him want to work with me. I really seem to have a great connection with Blake. And I think he's going to lead me in the right direction. And like I said, I'm just so grateful for everything that CeeLo has done. And I'm also very excited to work with Blake.
Q) Olivia enjoyed watching you and Destiny. I think that was probably the biggest nail bitter of the night. What did Christina tell you about why she picked you?
Olivia: Yes it was defiantly emotional. She paired us together for the country artists. And Destiny's been one of my best friends here. I think me, Shelbie and Destiny were like the country trio there for a while. But Christina told me that - well there's a lot that wasn't shown also. But she said that there's something in the way I'm consistent in all my performances. She wished that the song I picked actually was a little bit more emotional. She said that it wasn't the song that she we would've picked for me. So that was - when she said those things, it obviously didn't think that I ever would win the knockout. But she said she saw something in my voice that she thinks that I can go on to the next level. And that she wants to help me with song selection. And we've done that so far to prepare for labs. So I'm so thankful that she still believed in me enough to keep me around. And what we've done so far to work on labs - I can see where she wanted to take me. But with the song selection that I chose, I can see why she thought that. She just wanted to see more emotion and me pretty much pour my heart out on the line up there instead about worrying about belting. But it's going good so far working for labs. I'm just super, super thankful that she kept me around long enough to make it to the lab.
Q) Shelbie, as an average normal person who's come looking at this competition and thinking last night you went up against Brianna Cuoco who's the sister of one of the biggest TV stars right now. Did that at all go through your head off, were you concerned that maybe there's going to be a popularity factor that got into the performances or were you really just confident that this was going to be about who could perform the best?
Shelbie: I don't think that that ever crossed my mind, honestly, because Bri is an amazing singer. And honestly, I thought, you know, I didn't really base it off of her sister. I pretty much based it off how amazing she is.And I pretty much just look at it as me and her are two amazing artist that are going up against each other. And it's just a competition, pretty much about your voice. It's not really about who you know and who you are as a person - but how you are as an artist.
Q) And have there been any moments during this competition where you kind of felt in any way star struck or just kind of amazed at where you are compared to where you would've been like six months ago?
Shelbie: I mean it's still all surreal to me right now. So I'm kind of in a daze, I guess you could say. It hasn't really hit home yet that it's real. Honestly, I can't say that - like sitting back and looking at it now - it's mind blowing. And I think it's too mind blowing for me to even contain a thought of it.
Q) Kat, Nic and Tessanne, so far someone mentioned tweeter earlier. What is the strangest or the most exciting tweeter that you've gotten from a fan so far - something that's really stood out of every one else's? Nic let's start with you.
Nic: Oh, honestly, I'm not getting anything that's like crazy. I'm getting a lot of like little girls that are medley obsessed with me and like sending me pictures of like them holding a sign that says the flock which is like the name of like my following which is so cool like those pictures are just flooding in. But as far as like the most like ridiculous thing I think I've had - it was kind of funny. This guy was online or whatever and he didn't like me too much. And I didn't even really know about it and apparently he was just saying that he couldn't wait for me to get off the show. And I was like that's cool. And then all of these little girls - all of my - the flock, whatever - they all started commenting. And there like 13 keep in mind and their like - your opinion is irrelevant, you don't know what you're talking about. So it's just funny to me that I had like an army of like 13 year old girls just willing to fight my battles for me. I think that's pretty awesome.
Kat: I have some little girls but probably not as many as Nic which is kind of scary. Like I don't know - there's something not right about that. I love you, Nic.
Nic: I hate you.
Kat: Oh you bitch - come on. Honestly, the coolest thing that I've really been so excited about is Terry McDermott has become - he's become a friend of mine on tweeter and he's - I reached out to him because he gave me a shout out during the blinds so I was like - oh he knows that I exist, yeah. And so I like - I reached out to him and asked him some advice and he got back to me and he was super cool about it. No he's been really supportive and he actually - Terry was the one who came up with the name of my following - the Kat Pack which is like...
Nic: Which is cool.
Kat: ...which is really cool. And it's perfect for me because I went to NC State and we are the wolf packs. That's kind of neat. God, I mean - that's really, really fun. Also I kind fan girl when Nic gets back to me when he writes me back. That's always fun.
Nic: You're awesome.
Tessanne: I never thought in a million years that Bread and Butter would have caused such a stir. And they had like hash tags dedicated to it. It had pictures dedicated to Bread and Butter and stuff like that. And that to me was just crazy because that's just how I talk, you know. And of course getting people texting you back to back like a 100 times in roll. So you follow them and say that's new. But it's just been an awesome experience and I'm just so grateful for all the love. And I can't put into words how grateful I am.