Tess Boyer’s ride on TV’s “The Voice” was easily the wildest one ever seen by a contestant.
During her time on the competition show, which ended with her elimination from the top 10 Tuesday night, the Glen Carbon singer started with coach Usher, was dropped and picked up by coach Blake Shelton, then dropped again and picked up by coach Shakira.
She appeared in the bottom three two weeks in a row, and one week while nearing elimination, was saved by viewers on Twitter, though they didn’t save her a second time.
But the former St. Louis Rams cheerleader has a positive outlook. “How many people in ‘Voice’ history can say they worked with three superstars?” Boyer says.
Still, all that drama can take its toll.
“I will be blunt with you,” she says. “You have moments of breakdowns, moments when you’re just looking at yourself and your journey and you have to believe you’re going through this for a reason. You get in a low mindset. But I’m humbly proud of myself for getting through it.”
Tuesday’s elimination came after Boyer’s Monday night performance of Paramore’s “Ain’t It Fun.”
Her elimination “was extremely heartbreaking, very shocking,” she says. She adds it was also bittersweet to leave her “Voice” family of fellow singers and coaches.
“Yet at the same time I was happy at how far I came,” says Boyer, who’ll return for the finale. “I was top 10 and got to work with superstar legendary coaches.”
“I want to thank all the coaches for believing in me,” she says, though none more than her final coach, Shakira.
Shakira told her to “always pour my emotion and soul into everything. Do it all out. Believe in every moment and every word. I’m utterly in love with Shakira, and she has the same feeling for me from a friend aspect and a mentor aspect.”
Boyer went a long way for someone who claims she wasn’t even sure if a chair was going to turn around during the audition rounds.
Her favorite performance week was when she performed Christina Perri’s hit “Human.”
“That song meant so much to me, my voice, my heart and my life. I knew when I sang it, it would touch people all over the world,” she says.
Looking back, she has no regrets. “Everything I did is what I needed to do.”
Boyer says she plans to tour and record an album, something that’s like Kelly Clarkson’s music, in a pop-soul vein.
“That’s the kind of artist I am.”