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Stephanie Rice talks 'The Voice': I let my emotions get the best of me after landing in the bottom two


By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 05/06/2017 

Stephanie Rice is opening up about whether she believes song choice played a role in her elimination from The Voice and what she wants people to remember about her.

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Stephanie from Houston, TX, was ousted from The Voice when the twelfth season's Top 10 artists were determined. She landed in the bottom two with Mark Isaiah from Adam Levine's team, and the pair duked it out for the "Instant Save," which ultimately went to Mark for the second time in a row.

Stephanie, who represented Alicia Keys' team, sang "Issues" by Julia Michaels on Tuesday night's live results show.

"I chose that song to sing because I hadn't really shown that style of music before and I'm honestly just a really big fan of the artistry of Julia Michaels," Stephanie told reporters during a Wednesday conference call.

When asked whether she thinks her "Instant Save" song had any impact on Mark being saved, she replied, "I don't think it was song choice per se."

"But I think that wasn't my strongest performance of that song," Stephanie continued, "and I'm the type of singer that I always wear my heart on my sleeve."

Stephanie's Monday night performance of "Behind Blue Eyes" by The Who, which Alicia called "killer," is what landed her in the bottom two to begin with.

"When I realized I was in the bottom two, I had a pretty heavy heart and I think I let my emotions get the best of me," explained Stephanie, who stared at the stage when standing next to Mark and seemed very melancholy after The Voice host Carson Daly revealed those results. 

"But that's just the kind of person that I am, and I'm always honest and open about it. And so you could kind of see exactly what was going on in my heart, I think, in that moment."

Stephanie, who had a touching storyline this season in which her parents disowned her when she came out as a lesbian, told reporters that she wants to be remembered as a person who "has a storyline of survival."

"I represent everyone who's ever felt unloved in their lives and that you can find something positive to dedicate your life to. And my goal was to hopefully impact just one life, and fortunately, I've been able to receive a lot of love and messages from people all over the world saying that my story has helped them in their own personal journey," Stephanie said.

"And honestly, I wasn't expecting that much of an impact and I felt like that was even more important than the singing itself."

Stephanie added that she's not going to worry herself with why viewers may not have voted for her following Monday night's Top 11 performance show.

"I think everyone has their own beliefs and I can't really speak for anyone's own mindset or opinions of me... My goal in sharing my story was for people who were feeling alone and I didn't want them to feel like they were going through that alone," Stephanie noted.

The Voice artists Chris Blue and Vanessa Ferguson still remain on Alicia's team in the Season 12 competition.

To read what Stephanie had to tell Reality TV World about her surprising ouster, click here.


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