Austin, a 32-year-old country singer from Fort Worth, TX who currently resides in Springtown, TX, was eliminated from The Voice's eleventh season when the Top 8 were determined. Courtney Harrell was ousted right along with him.
Austin and Courtney's fate in the competition was decided when America tweeted to keep Aaron Gibson on the show via the "Instant Save" twist after the three artists took the stage individually to sing.
In addition to sharing with Reality TV World that he didn't want to winThe Voice, Austin talked to reporters during a conference call about his overall show experience. Below is what he had to say.
I was wondering how you felt when Adam Levine asked America to vote for Aaron during the sing off for the "Instant Save."
Yes. I guess you weren't on stage so you wouldn't have heard it. But what Adam did was ask America to vote for a singer who wasn't on his team, which happens sometimes but it's very unusual. So what are your thoughts hearing that now?
Austin Allsup: I don't know. I don't think -- well, it was probably because he was scared of what was going to happen to Josh Gallagher if I stayed on the show. So, you know, it is what it is.
You know, Aaron quit his day job to come out here and do this. This is my job. So, you know, it's just Twitter. And it's crazy how it all came down to, you know, Twitter votes to keep you alive on the show. So, I don't know. I haven't really been thinking about it that much to tell you the truth.
What's next in your music plans? What can fans expect from you now that you're off The Voice?
Austin Allsup: Well, I'll be putting out my fifth record of all original music in the coming months. I just put my fourth full-length record out in April before I came out here, and one of my songs hit number 19 on the iTunes country chart while I was on The Voice. So that was kind of cool.
I've been doing this for a long time. And I'm sorry, I'm kind of sick. I was super sick Monday and Tuesday. I've kind of been fighting that demon on the inside of knowing that I was at my absolute worst on Monday and Tuesday, but I still gave it a run for the money so. You know, after this, I've already got a lot of calls and meetings and all kinds of stuff set up. So I plan on taking over the world if I can.
Speaking of which, I think you were supposed to go overseas as part of the Texas Takeover Tour, but you were unable to because ofThe Voice.
Austin Allsup: I'm getting on a plane in about three hours to fly to London, England so.
So you'll be playing with Luke Wade and who else?
Austin Allsup: Sean McConnell, who's written songs for Aretha Franklin; Vince Gill; Plain White T's; Jack Ingram, who's also a No. 1 Billboard artist. These are all friends of mine that I've known for a long time and I've been touring with.
So, you know, I mean this show was kind of just a good break from my reality and to let people know who I am out there. I didn't do this for me. I did it for my wife and kids. And to be honest, I'm really glad it's over and that I'm back to normal.
I'm not a big fan of not being in control of what's going on, you know, in my life. I'm not a real big fan of singing cover songs because I'm an original artist. And I'm not a big fan of being told how to sing them either. So I'm really glad that I get to do what I want again to tell you the truth.
Since The Voice was outside of your comfort zone, do you think the show helped you grow as an artist?
Austin Allsup: Yes. You know, I do believe it did. I haven't gotten to really kind of, you know, think about myself or anything like that. I've been raising kids and trying to make a living at music.
And when you're trying to be a good dad and a good husband and a successful touring artist, you don't really have a whole lot of time to think about who you are. You're just kind of in the moment every day. It's kind of always a struggle.
So it was good to get out there for a few months and really be able to kind of focus on who I am and stuff like that. I think there's some moves I could have done better, you know, I had never done that John Waite's tune. So I was already a little anxious going into the last week with a song that I didn't know.
But, you know, I felt like that really kind of helped me grow, too, and get out of my comfort zone a little bit. So, yes, hell, yes. It was an awesome experience and all the folks onThe Voice are really awesome.
All the people there, they're always just trying to build you up. And I made some of my best friends ever there. Courtney and [Sundance Head], you know, I think will be lifelong friends. I want to write some music with Courtney. And, you know, do whatever we can in the future together.
And, you know, I think that's what it's all about, is relationships and just kind of expressing that love for one another and helping build each other up. So the show was really a good way for me to go about doing that.
How did you arrive at your song choices? Were some of those song choices yours or were they mostly Blake's, or did you just work together and come up with a compromise?
Austin Allsup: All of the songs up to "Missing You" were all my choices. I tried to fight back a little bit on the "Missing You," but, you know, when your coach and production is telling you one thing, it kind of alters your own way of thinking a little bit, like maybe where I was once real hesitant, maybe they kind of convinced me to do it. The song is freakin' badass, too. So that was hard, too. It's kind of hard not to want to do a great song even though it's not you.
So what was the thinking behind giving you the song "Missing You?" Was the purpose to push you out of the box a little bit?
Austin Allsup: I don't really know. You know, each week... the song choice isn't just about the song and how well we like it or whatever it is. It's how we can relate our story to it, you know? So I think a lot of it had to do with that.
You know, they knew about me and my wife and me and my mother having such a crazy relationship, you know? And me and my dad, you know, I haven't even talked to my dad since he came out there for "Blind Auditions." So, you know, I think they knew some of that.
And we were just trying to get a good story along with the song so it played a part. But I'm so not here to sit here and say I could have done it better. I could have done this or that. I just can't wait to do what I'm going to do next so... I mean, a lot of people have been saying they really like it, so, hell, I can't complain too much. I'm pretty happy.
To read why Austin didn't want to win The Voice and for more from the country artist, click here.