'The Voice's' James Wolpert talks elimination: 'This is not a setback'
The Team Adam Levine rocker, who learned of his elimination early in the episode, was in remarkably good spirits backstage, however, expressing nothing but gratitude as he spoke with Zap2it. What follows is our conversation with Wolpert, where he reflects on journey on the show and let's us in on what he's most looking forward to now that his time has come to an end.
Zap2it: With your elimination coming early in the hour, you've had a bit of time to process the news. What was it like to have that whole hour to let it soak in?
Wolpert: It was nice, actually. I feel so terrible for Cole that he was in the position where he had to wait like that. That would've been miserable, I can imagine. I am so happy to be a part of this show that it blows my mind. This is not a setback by any stretch of the imagination. This isn't a bad thing, even. This is an incredibly, incredibly positive thing. Cole and I like to joke, but we don't see ourselves as losers whatsoever.
When you look at the people who came back to perform tonight, only two of the four of them were winners, so it's not like you have to win to win on "The Voice." (Season 3 winner Cassadee Pope and Season 4 winner Danielle Bradberry returned to sing on Tuesday, along with Season 4 finalists Michelle Chamuel and the Swon Brothers.)
It's so encouraging to see the talent that's come out of this show and has gone on to do some great things. I'm so humbled by everyone in this competition, including from seasons past. It just makes me really happy. I'm so -- I'm so happy to be a part of this crazy family. And it's obvious that it doesn't end there.
Did you get a chance to talk to Adam at all afterwards?
No, I haven't gotten a chance to talk to him yet. Really like to, though.
What is the one thing you will miss the most and, conversely, the one thing you'll probably miss the least now that your time on "The Voice" is up?
I think I'm gonna miss the camaraderie and the chance to perform solo songs on stage. That's what we came here to do, to be performers that sing stuff. I think the thing I'll miss least is the intense schedule. It's a pretty intense schedule. It's a lot of stress and a lot of pressure. But it's like a roller coaster ride. It really pays off and you end up enjoying it. And you wanna get on again.
Now that it's done, what is the first thing outside of "The Voice" you're looking forward to doing most?
I just can't wait to continue creating music. I really want to put the emphasis on creating music. I want to cut a record. I want to start going on tour. I want to do musician things and start making this my life. I want to learn -- there's so much I have to learn about what it takes to be a recording artist, about what it takes to go on tour. I want to take this time and be a sponge and start meeting people and start -- just start. This is all an awesome beginning. I can't wait to see where it goes.
"The Voice" two-night finale airs Monday (Dec. 16) at 8 p.m. ET and Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.