'The Voice': Matthew Schuler on Christina Aguilera's parting words, meeting Kelly Clarkson
Speaking with reporters backstage following his elimination, Schuler opened up about his final moments with his superstar coach. "â€ªWell the first thing she said was, 'First off, enjoy your holiday,'" he said with a laugh. "I'm definitely going to enjoy it with my family because they've supported me through this crazy time. Not just my immediate family, but all my aunts, uncles and cousins back home, they've seriously held me down so I want to see them and give them some love. But yeah, she reassured me saying this isn't the end, this is the beginning and I'm excited to keep this momentum running and just go with it. I want to see who's interested in hearing what I have to say about my musicâ€¬."
His last night on the show wasn't all bad news, though. With guest performer Kelly Clarkson there to promote her new Christmas album, Schuler had the opportunity to meet another of his idols. "She was super nice and gave me a hug and she killed it," he gushed of the original "American Idol" winner. "She is such an encouragement because she's the one who paved the way for us. She wasn't like the first one because that was 'Star Search,' but Kelly has had a flourishing career and it's encouraging to see her and give her a hug. I saw her from afar for my whole life and I watched 'American Idol' and thought maybe one day I could be on one of those shows, then 'The Voice' comes out and I fell in love with it. I tried out and good things happened so I am very grateful to her for lighting that spark."
In spite of his elimination, Schuler remained positive about his time on the show, expressing nothing but gratitude. "â€ªI'm blessed to have gotten this far, Top 6. To make it to single digits, that's wild. It's an honor to have been on this show," he said. "Singing in front of millions of people every week, you can't buy that type of experience, so it's been crazy just riding the wave ... [Everything] I've learned from the coaches, they've totally validated my talent, you know? Shown me what I can do and what I'm capable of, so this show has been amazing to me and I feel like I couldn't leave on a better note.â€¬"
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"The Voice" airs Mondays at 8 p.m. and Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.