'The Voice' artist Stephanie Rice talks her "biggest challenge" of Season 12
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 05/08/2017
The Voice's latest eliminee, Stephanie Rice, has a big future ahead of her as long as she keeps living her dream.
"I am already working on what I plan on doing next," Stephanie told reporters during a Wednesday conference call following her Tuesday night elimination fromThe Voice's twelfth season.
Stephanie from Houston, TX, was ousted fromThe Voice when the 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 for the "Save" during Tuesday night's live results show.
"I have received so much love from so many people and my one goal is to return that love in the form of songs," Stephanie revealed.
"And I have written new songs already. The first thing I'm already trying to get together is getting into a studio and recording a song to release my first single. And I cannot wait to release this new music, and the people that have been so supportive and following me on this journey are excited about this."
The Voice apparently lit a fire under Stephanie, as she said, "I don't feel like this journey is over in the least bit. I feel like it's just the beginning."
She also has a couple of artists in mind for whom she'd like to collaborate with in the future. Lucky for Stephanie though, she has already worked with one of them.
"My favorite band is Coldplay and actually, before coming on this show, one of my dreams was working with and singing with Alicia Keys. I used to fantasize about that in my head and that became a reality.
"And so I'm pretty much -- despite the fact that I'm not on the show anymore -- I'm still feeling on Cloud 9 about the performance last night," Stephanie explained, referencing the "Team Alicia" group performance.
She continued, "But Coldplay is a band that I grew to love at a young age and it was the first secular band I was exposed to. And I think Chris Martin is an incredible singer-songwriter and I think a lot of my songs that I'll be releasing will have a little bit of a Coldplay feel to it."
Stephanie also talked to reporters about how tough it was to enterThe Voice competition when she had a sheltered childhood and wasn't exposed to much pop music.
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Unlike the majority of her competitors, Stephanie didn't know songs she was assigned to perform.
"It was really intimidating going into [this], but I was up the challenge. I think every time that you challenge yourself, you grow. And I've had exponential amount of growth being on this journey," Stephanie said.
"The biggest challenge for me was when [The Voice] went live, and therefore the time constraint was a lot shorter. There were times where I felt like, 'Oh no, I wonder if I can do this.' But each week, I got up there and was able to deliver a performance and that gave me more inspiration going into the next week."