Brendan Fletcher talks 'The Voice:' I didn't hit a million notes, but people respond to my relatable and genuine voice
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 12/09/2016
Brendan Fletcher made it all the way to The Voice's eleventh-season semifinals and now he's reflecting on his experience as a whole.
"Every step of this competition has been like playing with house money, and every week I constantly kind of surprise myself," Brendan told Reality TV World in a Wednesday interview.
Brendan, a 26-year-old bartender from Randolph, NJ who currently resides in Brooklyn, NY, and Aaron Gibson were automatically eliminated from The Voice during Tuesday night's live results show after receiving the lowest number of home viewer votes cast following the Top 8 performance show.
Brendan, who was on Adam Levine's team, apparently never expected to make it this far in the competition.
"Only until recently -- until [Tuesday] night -- did I think, "Wow, you know, there's a chance that I could be in the finale of the show," Brendan said.
"But, you know, you don't really know what to expect; everyone on the show is so talented. I'm really just happy that I've gotten this far, to be honest with you. Of course it'd be nice to make it to the final episode, but I mean, we basically all made it to the end. That's how I look at it."
Brendan was ousted from The Voice after an unusual and somewhat risky performance of Sarah McLachlan's "Angel," but he insisted he has "no regrets" from his time on the reality singing competition.
"I think that's the biggest thing, so I'm just really, really happy, and I'm just going to keep making music going forward and keep dreaming big," Brendan revealed.
Brendan and Aaron just so happened to be the two artists with deep, raspy and unique voices this season. The Voice coaches always told the guys they didn't need bells, whistles and frills to stand out in the competition and make an impact.
However, the pair ironically earned the fewest votes this week out of the Top 8. So did Brendan truly believe he could make it all the way considering he was up against powerhouse singers who can belt out Whitney Houston and Celine Dion songs?
"I think that the only thing that you can do is be true to yourself, and music is not something to put in a competitive realm, you know, it's about creating and being unique," Brendan explained to Reality TV World.
"And I think once you start worrying about what everyone else is doing, it can affect you in a negative way. So my biggest plan is always being true to myself and singing songs that will serve me going forward. And I think people responded to my voice."
Brendan said home viewers didn't respond to his voice for "hitting one million notes" or his "vocal range," but rather because it's "a relatable, genuine voice."
"So I think it served me well," Brendan noted.
When asked which artist he'll be rooting for in theThe Voice finale or anticipates will win Season 11, Brendan replied, "Everyone deserves to win. It would be impossible to put one name above the other ones."