Troy Ramey talks 'The Voice' ouster: I knew I had no shot at staying over Mark Isaiah, "Mr. Handsome"
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 04/27/2017
Troy Ramey was eliminated from The Voice's twelfth season during Tuesday night's live results broadcast in which the Top 11 were determined on NBC.
Troy from Sea Cliff, NY, landed in the bottom two with Mark Isaiah from Mt. Pocono, PA, based on home viewer votes cast following Monday night's Top 12 performance show.
After both artists sang a survival song, America tweeted via the show's "Instant Save" format to keep Mark in the competition. Mark continues to represent coach Adam Levine's team going forward, while Troy was on coach Gwen Stefani's team.
Troy performed "Drift Away" for his "Instant Save" song, while Mark followed that up with a performance of "When I Was Your Man" by Bruno Mars.
On Wednesday, Troy talked to Reality TV World about his ouster from The Voice. Below is what he had to say.
Reality TV World: I'd like to know if you were surprised that you landed in the bottom two to begin with. And then, what did you think your chances were of being saved? Were you ultimately surprised to be eliminated?
Troy Ramey: I was a little surprised to land in the bottom two because, you know, I was really happy with the way that "Free Fallin'" went and it was doing so well on the charts. It's still No. 1 on the rock chart. And I think it peaked in the 50s on the overall chart.
So just, you know, it's one of those things where my goal when I came to the show was to make it into the top 12, and I did that. And I was okay going home either way because I have a career in music that was there before I came to The Voice, and it will always be there after this. And so, I never hung my hat on this as like "a last chance opportunity."
It's just The Voice, for me, was a way to get more people to see my music that I wrote about my life. And so, to be in the bottom two or the Top 2 doesn't matter to me.
I did know, you know, when I was standing up there next to Mr. Handsome, Mark Isaiah, I knew I probably had no shot, so I was kind of okay going home at that moment. I knew I had no shot against him because he's so popular. And he's a good friend of mine.
It's actually kind of funny because I became good friends with him. He's such a young, humble, talented kid that I dedicated like my Instagram stories to being like a fake fanboy of him. It's kind of like the funniest thing because all day, every day I was just like teasing him, and then we end up there on stage together and it was kind of a cool moment. I'm happy that he's the one that kicked me out.
Reality TV World: I'm wondering if it's just a coincidence Mark and yourself landed in the bottom two considering you were both saved by your coaches in "The Live Playoffs." Do you think the saved artists -- including Terry "TSoul" Pinkard and Stephanie Rice -- are at a disadvantage because they have to work harder for votes, or do you think Tuesday night's results were a direct reflection of the caliber of Monday night's performances?
Troy Ramey: I don't think it was a direct reflection of the performances. I think a lot of it has to do with popularity on social media. And, you know, Mark is pretty popular on social media. But so is TSoul and Stephanie. And I think, you know, I had a really strong performance.
I'm not going to compare myself to anybody. I don't know, you know, it's a kind of -- because the voting rules changed so much, it's hard to predict what's going to happen.
But like I said before, I know people connected with my performance. It's still No. 1 on the rock charts, and I think it's still in the Top 100 on the overall as we speak. And you know, that's a clear indication that people connected with my performance.
Because of the fact that I wasn't able to really let people in on who I am, maybe they didn't connect with my personality on the show because they didn't quite see me for who I am. But, you know, it's all good because it all comes to an end at some point. And I'm happy that I reached my goal getting into the Top 12 and letting people hear who I am.
Reality TV World: Did Gwen and the other coaches say anything to you after you were eliminated from The Voice? Did you receive any great advice?
Troy Ramey: Yes. Gwen, she basically just said she was so happy that I picked her and she couldn't believe that I picked her from the beginning, and that she believes in me and loves my voice and believes in me as an artist and that she's going to be following my journey.
And, you know, that meant a lot to me because it's just, as much as you know that it all comes to an end -- and I'm not going to lie -- it's pretty sad. It was a pretty sad moment. I feel like I got dumped on prom night. (Laughs) But it's like if NBC was my date and Gwen was the cool teacher that like pulled me into the teacher's lounge to let me cry secretly.
You know, it's not like I was emotional because it's the biggest stage on planet Earth. What Gwen said to me -- there's a lot of stuff that Gwen said to me in "The Blind Auditions" that didn't make the show. And she really fought for me very hard and she said she believed me and her whole career came down to gut feeling.
And she had a gut feeling that we were meant to work together. And that really meant a lot to me. And I believe that that's true because I don't know how I would have survived on other teams because there is a lot of competition this season.
Gwen believed in me and she gave me the shot to be in the Top 12 where there wouldn't have been this spotlight on me right now if I wasn't in the Top 12.
Even though I'm going home, I'm feeling so much love from everybody and support. And I went out with a bang, like I'm proud of what I did. I'm really proud of that performance, and I'm proud that I picked Gwen. And I really know that I made the right choice.
Check back with Reality TV World soon for more from Troy Ramey's post-The Voice elimination interview.