'The Voice's' Cole Vosbury on being eliminated: 'I didn't want to let Blake Shelton down'

cole-vosbury-interview-elimination-the-voice-nbc.jpgWith Cole Vosbury's elimination from Season 5 of "The Voice" on Tuesday (Dec. 10), it marked the end of his coach Blake Shelton's three-year winning streak, as well as the end of his own quest for the victory.

Speaking with Zap2it backstage after learning the upsetting news, Vosbury remained in good spirits, however, cracking jokes in the face of his disappointment. What follows is our conversation with the bearded wonder, where he let us in on his final moments with his coach and shared what his time on "The Voice" has helped him discover about himself.

Zap2it: Well, sorry we're seeing you here tonight.
Cole: I'm doing each interview different. I go to one and I'm like, 'I'm content,' and I go to the next one like [fake sobs] 'I just got eliminated.' [laughs]

So, how do you really feel?
I really am content. Definitely sad because I knew it was coming. I prayed for a miracle but just knowing that God's plan for me on this show has ended -- definitely not the end, it's definitely the beginning. I never thought I'd make it this far. I'm feeling pretty privileged that I've been able to be a part of every week of this show. We're all winners at this point. Somebody is just the winner out of all the winners. Somebody's just gonna win a little bit more. I'm just so honored to have made it this far.

When you look at tonight's show, two of the four returning artists didn't win, so it's not like you have to win "The Voice" to win "The Voice." (Past winners Cassadee Pope and Danielle Bradberry performed on Tuesday, along with Season 4 finalists Michelle Chamuel and the Swon Brothers.)
It's a perfect example that you don't have to win to be a winner. The Swon Brothers, that was really inspiring to see up there. Knowing they came in third place and they're signed to a label and they're doing their thing. Watching Cassadee and Danielle and the Swon Brothers, knowing that they were Team Blake and that they were literally in the same position as me, it was just really, really cool and really inspiring. A lot of good examples of you don't have to win to be a winner. I think Chris Daughtry's a great example of that and Kellie Pickler, the Swons. There's so many examples. To make it this far, you pretty much won. Basically, it's like, who can hang in there now? Who can hang in the longest?

Did you get a chance to talk to Blake between the show and here?
As soon as my name was not called, he walked straight to me and gave me a big hug and I was like -- fighting tears back, of course -- "Sorry, man. I didn't want to let you down." He was like, "What? You didn't let me down. I'm proud of you. I'm proud of how far you've come." [He] and CeeLo [ Green] both came up to me and told me how proud they were of me, and that meant to a lot to me. This is not the end of my relationship with Blake. ... I plan on moving to Nashville and he's really a good person to have in your corner if you're gonna be in Nashville and doing that whole thing. He's just really supportive, and I've always heard that he's really supportive of his artists, and now I'm seeing it for sure. You don't have to win for him to be supportive. He's behind me 100 percent.

Now that it's done and you get to step away, what is the first thing non-"Voice"-related thing you're really desperate to get home and do?
Mainly, just have some time to write my own stuff because doing cover songs and essentially doing karaoke -- you know, not that it's karaoke, but that's never been my intention, to be a cover artist. This is just a really good platform to get my name out there for my own music, and that's what I want to do. I want to write my own music and I want to tour. Get home and make sure I still have a house because I haven't seen it in two and a half months. Make sure my animals are still alive. Do all that. Being on this show, it's like being in purgatory, kind of. It's like you're stuck in the same motion week after week after week. It's very privileged to be stuck in that motion, but now it's a real sobering feeling to know that I can close this chapter and move on to my music and my career.

When we've spoken in the past few weeks, you've mentioned that you really feel like you've found yourself through your time on "The Voice." What have you learned about yourself that you didn't think was there?
Definitely finding out that I can open up and be myself on stage. There's nothing about the stage to be afraid of, there's nothing about the cameras to be afraid of. You just have to be yourself. I think just finding out that I don't have to be so shy and that I don't have to be afraid to be who I am. That's one of the biggest points that Blake has taught me -- just be yourself.

"The Voice" two-night finale airs at 8 p.m. ET Monday (Dec. 16) and 9 p.m. Tuesday on NBC.
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