Mark Isaiah talks 'The Voice': I was really working twice as hard as everybody else on the show
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 05/12/2017
Mark Isaiah was definitely the underdog inThe Voice's twelfth-season competition, as his coach Adam Levine saved him from elimination in "The Live Playoffs" and then America voted to save him two times in a row via the live shows' "Instant Save" format.
During The Voice results show that determined the season's Top 8 artists, Mark had to sing for the save against fellow "Team Adam" member Lilli Passero and Vanessa Ferguson from Alicia Keys' team. America voted to save Vanessa, so Lilli was also eliminated.
When Mark found himself in the bottom vote-getters again, he told Reality TV World following his elimination, "Everyone is so incredibly talented on the show."
"When I was at the bottom three with those two ladies, it was just all love. I just felt like, you know, whoever went on definitely deserved it because we all worked so hard to get there where we were," Mark explained.
"And just watching the performances, it was amazing. They were just giving it all out, and I'm glad Vanessa was safe. She definitely deserved that, especially after that performance. But I mean, it was just such an awesome experience being there and being able to share that experience with everybody on the show."
Adam had said a couple of times during the competition that Mark chose all of his own songs. So did Adam blindly trust the 19-year-old's choices or did Mark put up a fight at times and turn down his coach's input?
"Once -- one time it did happen," Mark told Reality TV World of objecting to one of Adam's song suggestions. "He tried to change my song, but I strongly felt like the song that he was giving me wasn't -- I feel like maybe it wasn't appropriate for that week, because I was getting a lot of requests from my fans, and you know, I try to hear out everybody that comes out to me."
But at the end of the day, Mark said they "worked together."
"Just the fact that [Adam] has been on the show for so long, and to think that my ideas I'm bringing to the table are good and that he believes in me as much to make my own arrangements and to pick my own songs, it's awesome. He does help with arrangements and he's just an awesome coach. I'm really glad that I got to meet him and work with him," Mark gushed.
Mark's ouster followed a performance of "Sorry" by Justin Bieber. While the tune is catchy and fun to dance to, it didn't exactly show off Mark's vocal strengths and potential.
"To be honest with you, that song was -- so for the last save songs, we got to pick from a list that they provide for us, and out of that list, that was the most familiar one. It was getting to the point where it was hard for me to learn two songs every week because I was at the bottom every week," Mark said.
Adam told home viewers that no one worked harder on the show than Mark, adding that the artist had the best attitude and always had a smile on his face despite his uphill battle on the show.
"So, I was really working twice as hard as everybody else on the show, just performing twice on TV and still having to learn two more songs for the next week and practice my [Monday night] song and my live song, plus the coach song that we did with Adam, 'Hey Jude,'" Mark explained to Reality TV World.
"It's been a lot, a lot of songs coming into place. And so, that was the one that I was most familiar with on the list that they gave me and I just picked that one because I just had to make it easier on me for that week... [but] I always had my list of songs that I wanted to perform on the show."
Check back with Reality TV World soon for more from Mark's post-The Voice interview in addition to Lilli Passero's interview.