When competing on a show like “The Voice,” you always want to take on music that the audience loves and is familiar with, but there’s always an inherent risk in tackling music by groups with particularly rabid fan bases. Just ask Matthew Schuler.
On Monday’s (Dec. 2) episode of the hit NBC reality show, Schuler opted to dedicate One Direction‘s “Story of My Life” to his family, but speaking with Zap2it backstage afterwards, he admitted he was aware his decision could backfire. “It was definitely intense,” he says. “I knew going into it, singing One Direction is always a risk because they have the biggest fan base in the world, so I didn’t want the Directioners coming to kill me if I didn’t do it justice. But it was fun. I got to put my own spin on it and dedicate it to my family, you know? They’ve always been so encouraging to me and been an anchor to me during this crazy experience — every experience in my life.”
With the competition whittled down to just the Top 6, each artist performed twice on Monday, with Schuler’s coach, Christina Aguilera, assigning him the Percy Sledge classic “When A Man Loves A Woman” for his second song. Between the two, even with the potentially angry fans, he admits he felt a bit more connection with his song choice as opposed to his coach’s.
“I guess because I want to be a current artist — I want to be an artist that can sing the things that people love — I’d have to go with the One Direction thing because I was able to sing that and also dedicate it to my family, too,” Schuler reveals. “It definitely hit home.”
After last week’s sobering trip to the bottom three, surviving solely by the Instant Save, Schuler’s hoping history doesn’t repeat itself during Tuesday’s results show. “It was definitely the longest five minutes of my life. Being in the bottom three, it’s no fun,” he says. “I definitely don’t want to be there this week. I pray that my performance that America votes for me and I make it to the next round.
“It was humbling as well,” he adds, regarding last week. “Just to keep me on my toes, you know? Nothing is a given on this show. Hype means nothing and you’re only as good as your last performance. I definitely gotta bring my A-game every time.”
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