Last week, two contestants were eliminated from The Voice season 13 Top 10. Here’s what Team Jennifer Hudson member, Shi-Ann Jones had to say after leaving the competition. The young singer performed “Diamonds” by Rihanna on Monday (Dec 4). On Tuesday, she sang “At Last” in a sing off with fellow Team JHud member Davon Fleming and Team Miley Cyrus’ Ashland Craft. Shi-Ann and Ashland were ultimately eliminated.
Check out what Shi’Ann had to say to reporters last week in a post-elimination conference call.
On working with her coach Jennifer Hudson: Jennifer is amazing and was an absolutely amazing coach. She understands me. And she knows what she wants me to wear, she talks wardrobe. And she tells the makeup people to glam me up and make me look like a star. She is always involved with the songs–she chooses the songs for me. And I’m just thankful for that.
On what was going through her mind when she fell into the Bottom 3: I wasn’t like nervous. What was going through my head, basically, I was like, “Well, if I do go home, I’m just going to be satisfied, and I’d get to see my brother, friends and family again.” All I wanted to do was just do my best.
Did her age (15) negatively affect her experience on The Voice? Not at all. I don’t think it was about my age because there were some young people on here too, like Addison [Agen], she’s 16, just only one year away from me. I’m just doing like I used to do in contests, well just only one, because I won the last one I did in elementary school.
Lessons she has learned from her The Voice experience: I have learned that I am a strong woman. And I have learned just to be myself. And I’m going to use that because, in this business, you’re going to have to have like a little bit of strength because there is going to be some downfalls.
On coach Jennifer’s reaction after her elimination. She seemed shocked: Well after that, she was like, “You know what? I love you. And you were born to do this. And you have a whole career ahead of you in life.” And she said that I got to keep on going, because she had some downfalls, and just don’t stop here because this is only the beginning.
On support from her family and hometown Bowling Green Kentucky: It meant a lot to have support, all the way from Bowling Green, Kentucky, because they’re like my family now. And, you know, it’s just amazing to have heartwarming people surrounding you and loving you, because they love what you’re doing, and they feel like you’re brave enough to go and pursue your dreams. And it just means a lot to me. And I love them for that.
On her song choice, Rihanna’s “Diamonds”: Well, in the beginning, I did want to change it. But Jennifer was like, “They need to see the superstar inside of you,” because they already know that I can sing. And I think that I did really well. There isn’t anything that I would change. I think it was a beautiful performance.
Was she surprised to be in the bottom 3? I was surprised a little bit, because, everyone is a target. We don’t know who’s going to go home. And there’s going to be four people going home next week. So everyone is a target. But I feel really satisfied about myself because I do know that I did my best and there’s nothing that you can do.