It was a sad night for Usher and Shakira on NBC’s The Voice Tuesday as each artist had to say goodbye to a team-mate. Vedo from Team Usher and Garrett Gardner from Team Shakira were the two not saved by America during the live results show, which now consists of only fan votes-meaning the coaches can no longer save a contestant.
“It was really hard for me to see Garrett go because I have been pushing for him from the beginning”, Shakira told me after the show. “I’m such a fan of the guy.”
While Garrett said it’s going to be sad for him to leave The Voice, he is still walking away with a grateful outlook on the experience because of the confidence it gave him to continue to pursue his dreams. “In this industry, in this world, you always have to have a positive attitude towards life and towards the things that are thrown at you. I’ve lost a lot of people. I’ve lost a round in this competition last season-first round right off the bat- so just to make it this far, I always wanted to do this in my life but this was like the deciding factor.”
A decision he may have made differently this week may have been his song choice for Monday’s live performance show where the young artist sang The Backstreet Boys hit, “I want it that way.”
Afterward, Shakira said she told Garrett that the risk in the song choice was a valuable lesson to both of them. “I said to him that he took a big risk and it was necessary to spice it up and shake things up because there is nothing worse in this competition than embracing monotony. I think people don’t like it. So he had to do something a little bit out of his style and maybe that did not quite work. Maybe he’s got that one style that is very, very much him and he just has to stick to it. He learned a lesson and I learned a lesson, too as a coach! (Laughs) He’ll take it from there”, said the singer, who is in her first season with The Voice and added that she too is learning with her team-mates what works and what doesn’t. “Something I have come to learn now is that the song choice is very important. Very important. This is the first time that I’m coaching so I’m also under-training!” (Laughs)
Garrett told me he is taking his lessons from the show and using them to continue pursuing his passion of singing and songwriting.
“The most valuable thing I learned is to not to give up, because it might sound really cliché but you can really do anything that you’ve really wanted to. If you had told me a year ago I’d be working with Shakira, I’d say your nuts. And here I am, I was just talking to her! It’s crazy to be in this position and to control my voice in certain ways, and to portray myself on stage in certain ways and just to have fun, really.”
And if Garrett thought it was surreal for him to work with Shakira, he may need to double pinch himself because he is leaving his experience on The Voice with her strong belief in him and his talent right behind him.
“ I’m really confident that he will continue to pursue his goals and his aspirations”, said Skakira. “He’s only 17 and he plays every instrument!”
Her confidence is right, Garrett told me he will be continuing with his music and hopes to even tour next year.
“I have a lot of original music prepared. I’m going to try to record it and make an album.”
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