Blake Shelton has his dream team on The Voice this season: a final three loaded completely with country artists. BFTV recently caught up with one of those artists, Baylor marching band star Holly Tucker, to get to know her better.
"I always expected big things because I've seen the show on TV and it just looks larger than life," Holly said of her Voice experience so far. "That's exactly what I got and more."
Speaking of big things, America has watched Holly blow the doors off the Voice studio with her powerful performances of LeAnn Rimes' "How Do I Live" and Martina McBride's "Broken Wing." How does she prepare her voice to be able to hit such amazing notes every time she takes the stage? "It takes a lot of warm-up," she explained. "You just have to sing scales and make your voice be able to hit those notes with ease. And breathing. Breathing is very important."
Breathing is something that Holly has learned to do over her time on The Voice. Her coach has pointed out to her that she is sometimes too hard on herself, and that he wants to see her have more fun. Now that America has voted her through into the Top 12 and later the Top 10, it's given her more confidence in herself.
"I feel incredible," she said. "Just being able to go up there and feel so strong and so confident. I should've been feeling this way the whole time. And now I finally feel like I've grown into the [belief] that I deserve to be here and it's a really good feeling.
"Getting that validation from America, as well as my coach, is the best feeling in the world."
Has that affirmation meant that she's stopped being so self-critical? "I do feel like I'm getting there," Holly continued. "When I start to do that, I just think to myself, 'Holly, back up. You're fine. It's okay to be imperfect sometimes. It's all right.'"
Whereas many artists on The Voice go out and find new identities through the course of competition, she has decided that she's already found the genre she wants to remain in. "I want to stick to country," she explained. "Even if I may go out and experiment with some other genres, I'm always going to be country and I love my country fans. That's just who I am."
No matter what happens, to her, being on the show has paid off. "I already feel like a winner," she said, "because I've gotten to learn so much throughout this experience and have Blake coach me and teach me everything he knows. Of course I want to move forward, but I will never count this as anything I regret."
Although she's now facing the best of the competition, Holly isn't dwelling too much on if or when she might go home. "No point in worrying. That's what I say," she told us. "America is going to vote on what they like, and what happens happens, and it happens for a reason."
Holly performs for your vote tonight as The Voice continues at 8 PM ET/PT on NBC. You can also watch her and all of Team Blake rocking out on "Play Something Country" below.