I stood there and saw Reba McEntire sitting next to Blake. Looking at her sitting there with her bright red hair and smile across her face I couldn't believe how funny God is. I requested to meet Reba when she recorded a song I had written called "Turn On The Radio". I have wanted to meet her for years, but it just never worked out. Now here I was, and not only was I going to get to meet her, I was going to get to perform in front of her ... It was so surreal. As I walked on stage, Reba recognized me and mouthed the words, "Cherie, Oh my gosh!!!" I was so giddy and then the song started. It was crazy! I had a ball performing with Lily. I wasn't concerned about anything except having a blast up on that stage and soaking in every moment of it. When our performance was over I was just thrilled to stand in front of Reba and FINALLY get to meet her. She told the whole audience about how I wrote her song and that we've never gotten to meet ... It was the moment of a lifetime. Like a dream!
I wound up not moving fwd. Ultimately Christina chose Lily to stay. I felt sort of numb at first. I wasn't happy because obviously I lost (and I lost in front of Reba!), but I wasn't terribly sad either. After I met my family in the back room I started to feel all the human emotions of embarrassment, humiliation and sadness, but more than any of those feelings I felt an enormous amount of gratitude. I lost and it was ok. I didn't feel like I had been done wrong or that it was unfair. Christina has stated that she felt out of her comfort zone with country music and gravitates towards soul singers. Lily, is 100% a soul singer and in the end is a much better fit for Christina. I am truly thrilled that God has allowed me to have this experience and this incredible platform to finally sing on my own.
After we had walked off stage Lily blew me away with her reaction. She hugged me and then broke down in tears and told me she thought I deserved to win. Well that did it- I started balling! Her humbleness and sincerity moved me beyond words! She was thrilled that I had that moment with Reba, and I was thrilled for her to move fwd. I'll be voting for her!
This show has been an amazing experience from day one. No one here has ever referred to us as contestants, we have always been called artists. They've given us each not only a massive platform of exposure, but released singles on us, gave us websites and a way to continue to increase a fan base. I'm grateful! You win some, you lose some, but this doesn't have to be the end of the road for anyone. All that matters is what YOU are going to do with the opportunity God has given you. I'm so thankful to have gotten to work with everyone on "The Voice", from the artists to the producers, the band to the production team. They all made my experience a wonderful one, and I will always consider my time on the show an incredible blessing. I hope that people will continue to follow and support me in the future. I hope this shows continues for years and helps people get closer to their dream. I know it's brought me closer to mine ...