It was a dramatic night for Adam Levine on “The Voice” Tuesday as he bid farewell to not one, but two of his contestants. In what appeared to be a shocking results night, both Team Adam’s Judith Hill and Sarah Simmons were eliminated, therefore leaving Levine with only one remaining artist in the competition, Amber Carrington.
I spoke with Levine and his former team-mates on their reaction to America’s decision, the most valuable part of the journey with “The Voice” for them, and much more!
What do you think happened this week with Judith Hill and Sarah Simmons that didn’t allow them through further in the competition?
Adam- Here’s the thing, I will always stand by this, win or lose. And this is a really important thing for me to say: I don’t want there to be anything delivered on any given day other than music. That’s why I do this show. That’s why I love this show; I love talented, amazing, inspiring people that I love working with. And I will never create any reason for anyone to vote for anybody other than they are incredibly talented. You know, it is a television show. There are some very compelling stories on the show that guide people towards certain artists and I completely understand and respect that, especially, considering the fact that there is so much going on in the world right now. Obviously, all the things that have been happening in Oklahoma- it breaks my heart every day. The show has these multi-faceted ways of reaching people and that is a beautiful thing. In my particular situation there was nothing happening other than the singing, and I think the big- and to be totally honest with you- more important issues came into play here. It’s a television show. We’re living our lives in real time and things are happening that need to be paid attention to. That’s a part of the show.
Did you give Judith and Sarah any special parting advice to take with them?
Adam- Just make music. That’s why I do what I do. I love music. And I love talent. And I love being around it. It’s a privilege to be around so much of it actually.
You have been on a coach on “The Voice” from its first season, what has been the most rewarding aspect of it for you?
Adam- Just getting to see people grow. Look, Amber Carrington, my last woman standing, nobody turned around for her; the people who went home tonight, every chair turned out for. So that makes me proud.
I couldn’t possibly care less if I win or lose. I care much more about nurturing the talent on the show. And that’s where my job begins and ends. And I’m not here to do anything other than that. I’m not here to play anyone against anyone else. Blake is one of my best friends. I love Shakira and Usher. I loved Christina and CeeLo. I love all these guys.
There seems to be a pretty big shocking reaction to the announcement of your departure tonight, did you have a sense you were leaving tonight or were you were shocked as well?
Judith- I was shocked. I think that I gave a good performance last night. So I was a little shocked. But it was also a good lesson, I think.
What did Adam Levine say to you afterwards?
Judith- He’s pretty bummed. But he was very supportive and I was very glad I got to speak with him after the show. He had great faith in both Sarah and I and that we are going to be okay.
What is the most valuable thing you think you will take away from this competition?
Judith- I took a lot away from just learning how to be a stronger performer. Every week after week of being on that stage that was really great practicing and I learned a lot.
Being a young artist in this very competitive industry, what is some advice you hold close to you that just allows you to stay true to who you are?
Judith- That’s just it; stay true to who you are. And make sure every time you get on that stage you believe what you are doing up there. And I think I’m proud of everything I’ve done up to this point because I’ve really believed in every song and every experience on that stage. And maybe it’s a blessing in disguise because maybe next week it might have gotten to a point where it might have been something I really didn’t believe in and I have to fake it. I’m glad I didn’t come to that point. I’m glad everything that I have done has come from the heart and was a real experience.
What can we expect from you next?
Judith- I have a film documentary coming out on the 14th of June. It’s a very, very heartfelt, passionate documentary about singers and particularly background singers and how hard the struggle has been for background singers. And kind of like the unsung heroes of going all the way back from the 50s and then following the lives of these amazing women. I was honored to be considered as one of the background singers of today and to show the struggle of what it takes to transition from the background singing world. So it kind of follows my story and I’m really just proud to be part of it.
What was going through your mind when Carson Daly delivered the news of you not being saved tonight??
Sarah- Right before, I just felt surrendered. I just felt massive amounts of piece and I just knew that no matter what happened to move forward, to feel joy; but also, to go home and to feel joy too because you can’t complain at all with this. This has been an insane experience and I have no negative thing to say about it because it was just awesome. It was an adrenaline rush. And it was a taste of my dream, a taste of what I know I was meant to do.
You have said to me the past few weeks after your performances how each performance has been almost like a healing experience for you, what do you think is the most valuable thing or lesson you will take away from your experience on “The Voice”?
Sarah- To be confident in myself. And to be myself always. For a long time, I’ve always heard a compliment and let it go out my ear, but here I’ve really just learned to just keep loving myself. That’s been something that’s been really, deeply beautiful that I’m really grateful that I’ve learned and grown with.
What was your conversation like with Adam after the results? He definitely seemed sad about your departure.
Sarah- He was really upset for sure. For the live rounds, I’ve basically chosen all of my songs with a collaboration from him, but for this one he chose it for me and I know he was feeling really bad that I was going home. Without him having to say anything, I told him please don’t feel bad. I’ve never worked so hard in my life on a freaking song. But I told him it challenged me and strengthened me and I thank him for that. And for everything. I know he wants to stay in contact, which is awesome. He’s a really good person. I’m really grateful to know him.
I’ve also been blessed sevenfold by all the fans and their encouragement.
What’s next for you?
Sarah- Before the show started, I had packed up all my stuff from my studio apartment in Memphis, TN and have it all in storage and I’ve been planning before I even tried out for the show or anything to move to California this upcoming summer so I think that’s what I’m going to be. And I’m going to be writing music. And just any doors that open, I’m going to walk through if it’s the right one. Just be open. Just keep trying everyday that’s all we can do.