The Voice’s Casey Desmond, Cherie Oakley, Emily Valentine & Sara Oromchi Sound Off After Elimination
June 03, 2011 08:00 AM by Shayla Perry
They may have been eliminated during the final Battle Round of NBC‘s hit reality show The Voice, but we’re sure we’re definitely going to be hearing a lot more from Cherie Oakley, Casey Desmond, Emily Valentine, and Sara Oromchi! Find out what these talented ladies had to say about their experience on the show and the kiss that shocked us all!
You obviously had some pretty stiff competition going up against Jeff. And we all know that all four judges turned around for him in the Blind Audition. So do you – did you feel like you didn’t stand a chance or do you think you – were you prepared to live up to him?
Oh, well I felt like I was prepared to live up to him because I feel like him and I are equal in talent even though the Blind Auditions kind of, you know, didn’t give me – didn’t kind of like prove that as far as the coaches were concerned.
But, you know, I think he’s a really talented person but I feel like, you know, I’m talented as well. So we kind of both had – it felt like it was just luck of what happened.
I felt like it was just the style that Adam [Levine] wanted or the style that, you know, the coaches desired more over another because – I don’t know, I felt like our vocals were equally as strong. It’s just really a matter of style.
And he did an amazing job so I’m really proud of him because yes, he’s awesome.
For Emily [Valentine] and Casey. Since you both went up against guys do you think that was more of a challenge for you both as compared to going up against one of the girls?
Emily Valentine: Sure. I didn’t think that it was going to be a challenge although it proved later on that it – maybe I had a little bit more to worry about than I thought cause I mean to be honest, when you’re a sexy lady you think you’re going to have an edge. And clearly that did not (must have) make a difference.
I was banking on that to be honest. But I guess I was wrong.
Casey Desmond: Well I guess I kind of agree with Emily. But at the same time I don’t really look at gender like that. I just kind of see it as we were in this – this is Casey by the way.
We’re kind of in this, you know, pool of talent together. We’re all kind of trying to get through this together even though it’s a competition.
And the people on the show were just so talented that, you know, it – I really don’t look at it like, you know, a match of the sexes, like a race of the sexes or something like that.
But, I don’t know, it was interesting to sing up against a boy. But I kind of have like a lower voice sometime anyway so it was kind of cool to sing like a lower register song that was written for a man to sing to begin with.
With so much success in your career a lot of people thought that going into the Battle you kind of had the upper hand and were probably going to be selected to continue in the competition. Do you think that perhaps your success kind of played against you in some respects and that possibly Christina chose Lily over you in order to help her further her career a little bit?
I have no idea. I mean I hope not because you don’t want to feel like, you know, the opportunities that you’ve had in the past hinder you, you know, in any way in the future.
So I hope that on a show that’s called The Voice and supposed to be about the voice that it would be people moving forward because they did base it on, you know, someone’s performance rather than someone’s background. I definitely hope that’s not the case. But, you know, it’s – you never know. I mean in certain situations I think when two people feel like they did the absolutely best that they could, yes I think your brain kind of wanders to like well, you know, did that hurt me a little bit? Did it hurt me, you know, from certain perspectives?
I honestly, you know, felt strangely enough like the complete underdog on the entire team regardless of my experience or the opportunities that I’ve gotten to have just because I honestly felt like I stuck out like a sore thumb, you know, coming from a country background which was pretty drastically different from every single person on that entire team.
And I just hope that Christina [Aguilera] wouldn’t’ have let that, you know, sort of force her or enforce her decision in the end either.
But, you know, you never know what people are thinking and what they want. I do know Christina’s been very vocal about country being something that’s out of her comfort zone and that she does gravitate towards a pop driven more soulful voice.
So at the end of the day I mean, you know, that’s probably what her ear gravitated towards.
We don’t get to see that much in regards to the mentorship and things like that. Can you give us a little bit more detail regards to how Christina, you know, the things that she, you know, spoke to you about or taught you or things that you felt that you could take with you?
Honestly I felt like I could take so much with me from just sort of standing back and feeling like the fly on the wall and just watching her. Her amount of professionalism just blew me away. I mean she was so sweet and so genuine. And she really did seem like personally invested in each and every one of us.
But she also just the way that she carried herself was something that I was just blown away by and will definitely, you know, hope to emulate, you know, in my own career if I’m given the chance.
But some of the advice that she gave me that helped me on the show was, you know, I did feel a little like the sore thumb that stuck out, you know, on the team and like the underdog just because of different things that she had said in the past about what she gravitates towards musically, stylistically. And I sort of, you know, wondered if my background in country music would hinder me from going forward.
And so I struggled a little bit with my confidence at first. And then she was so encouraging and so warm and so supportive. And, I was able to email her and she emailed me. And she just really, really helped me through the show so that I felt like once I actually stepped out there I felt like I was able to use a lot of her encouragement to feel me. And it meant the world to me to know that she believed in me. So I think that definitely helped me in my performance for sure.
They briefly mentioned on the show Reba McEntire had to stop and kind of reintroduce herself to you. It seems you guys have a bit of a history. Can you elaborate on that?
Yes, oh gosh, that whole thing was crazy. Yes, I wrote this song “Turn on the Radio” shortly after the flood happened in Nashville. And I wrote it at the time for a blink of an eye record deal that I had.
And everything with my record deal sort of started to crumble at the same that Reba heard the song and wanted to sing it.
So obviously I gave her the song and the song climbed the charts. And she’d spoken with me on the phone and she got my permission for the song over the phone.
And I did give it to her with the stipulation of, you know, I want to meet you some day and I want to know that this song will be a single.
So she called me to let me know that the song is going to be her first single. She called me to celebrate the number one.
We had tried many times to meet and it just never happened. And of course at the time I had no record deal. Everything sort of as an artist had fallen through for me. And then the show came up and I thought gosh, you know, why not, you know? I need the exposure I, you know? Why not go for it and see how far I can get?
Then I found out Reba [McEntire] was going to be Blake [Shelton]’s celebrity sort of mentor and helper. And then I got to meet her and share one of the coolest experiences of my life with the entire world which was meeting her finally and performing in front of her. It was so surreal. It was crazy.
Did you get to meet her behind the scenes or did you just have that one little chat after your competition?
It was pretty packed as far as, you know, it was sort of one battle after another. So I didn’t get to talk to her after the show. I would have loved to but it didn’t happen.
But after we all flew home that following Monday I finally had the experience of going to her big corporation, Star Struck. And they had a big number one party there. So I got to hang out with her finally and talk and talk about the show and talk about meeting each other.
And she ran up to me and gave me the biggest hug and has just been incredible since then. She sent me the most amazing beautiful vase from Tiffany’s and a card and she’s just my favorite person in the whole world. I mean I – I’m like – I’m, you know, I was such a huge fan of hers, like she’s been an idol of mine my whole life. And, you know, God just works in such mysterious ways and I’m just so thankful, you know, to experience this journey. It’s just been unbelievable.
Yes I’m ten times the fan of Reba McEntyre’s now that I’m – I’ve gotten to know her character, you know?
So are you and Curtis now an item?
Oh my God, I don’t know to be honest. Like Curtis is an amazing guy. I think he is just a wonderful person and we do talk on a daily basis. But in all honestly like in both of our careers right now, he is trying to be a country superstar and I am already a rock star. So our lifestyles are a little bit – it’s difficult to maintain any sort of relationships during this crazy inorganic process that is doing a reality television show.
But, you know, I think Curtis is a gem. And in the future I would love to just like, you know, hang out with him on a real level. And, you know, we’re great friends.
So, you know, call it what you want to call it. Label what you want. The feelings are real. The feelings are there and I think he’s a great person and I would love to sing again with him sometime if you know what I mean.
Was [the kiss] pre-meditated? Did you guys plan that or was it just spontaneous?
Oh, we choreographed it all night long.
Well, watching back at it, Curtis and I, neither of us have ever sung a duet before. And by singing a duet I also mean kiss on stage.
It was really horrifying actually to watch that because we do have – we did have some degree of choreography. All of us had. You know, just to work the stage, a battle is a little bit different than a duet, you know.
You don’t want to be super lovey-dovey with somebody but, you know, it was really hard for me and Curtis considering the circumstances.
But it was hard. Like I had to decide during that whole process if this was the real deal or not because, you know, we all have consequences of our actions.
I knew that when Curtis and I did that, it was actually Curtis thought he was going home for sure. I’m not going to lie. Curtis was like okay here we go, like the hot girl, obviously you’re winning like whatever.
I was like no way dude. You are totally the country singer. So we went back and forth. And so we kind of thought about well, how can we utilize the best of this opportunity?
And, you know, Curtis and I are very like-minded in the business sense of our careers and recognized that it was such a unique experience being – battling against somebody that, you know, we both had feelings for each other.
So, you know, it just kind of worked. And this ninth hour Curtis was like let’s just do it. Let’s do a kiss at the end of our song. And I was like oh my God I can’t believe this is going to happen.
And watching back last night I was just like watching the fear in my face wondering oh my God is this really going to happen at the end of the song because those high heels that I was wearing were about 6-1/2 inches. And I had to like do a little mini turn in order to get, you know, to my mark at the end of song.
So had to like kiss and turn at the same time. And it was just I don’t know, like I thought it looked really cool. I loved it and it took a lot of – a lot more work than one would think.
Your battle with Xenia was pitched as sort of like the battle of the shy girls. And I was hoping you could talk a little bit about what it was like working together and how the two of you found a way to get up on stage together with neither of you really having a lot of experience doing that?
Well I did feel it was kind of appropriate that we were both shy and we would go against each other. And I think that’s also why we – that’s also how we got along so well because we kind of connected on that level.
And we just have a lot of things in common. So it was really cool working with her. And I had a lot of fun working with her. And I don’t know, I think we had a good time.
How did you feel about the song that was chosen. Adam said maybe it wasn’t a good choice for your guys.
Yes, Adam [Levine] said that. When I first – when he first told us the song me and Cindy kind of laughed and we were like wow, we did not expect anything like this.
It’s a really nice song. It’s beautiful but I did not expect that to come. And, you know, it – what can you say, it just was – it was out of our comfort zone and we tried it and we went on stage and sang it.
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