Before Whitney Myer’s performance on “The Voice” on Monday night, she told viewers that her duet competition against Kim Yarbrough was the most challenging scenario she could have faced.
Though many think that Myer outdueled the 50-year-old soul singer from Memphis, Tenn., their coach Adam Levine chose Yarbrough.
Myer, the 25-year-old from Reno, was eliminated.
“I really wish I would have gone farther,” Myer said via telephone from Austin, Texas, where Whitney Myer Band was touring. “It was very disappointing to hear what the judges said ... because I felt like I performed to the best of my ability.”
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Levine praised both singers for their strength after their rendition of “No More Drama” by Mary J. Blige, but he didn’t say what Yarbrough did better than Myer. He just went his gut.
Myer immediately walked over to Yarbrough after she had won and gave her a hug and wished her luck throughout the competition.
“Kim is an amazing singer, there’s no arguing that,” Myer said. “But I definitely felt like I handled myself well. I was nervous as heck. But I really, really prepared myself mentally.”
For Myer, who was born and raised in Reno, it was her second performance aired on national television in the past three weeks.
Often during the interview, she was distracted by the onslaught of text messages and phone calls from fans in Reno and beyond. She said later that about 60 people had reached out to her, and that was just a few mintes after her performance aired. She even received a message via Twitter from national recording artist Macy Gray earlier in the day.
After the performance, the show asks fellow judges who they would choose. Blake Shelton said the competition was so close, but he was leaning toward Myer.
Cee Lo Green gave the nod to Yarbrough because the song was “fit for a grown woman.” Christina Aguilera also went with Yarbrough.
Myer didn’t watch the episode because she was performing at the South by Southwest Music Festival. She’ll watch it soon. And she said she’ll also respond to all the fans who reached out to her.
“I really enjoyed bringing something positive to Reno,” Myer said. “It was something that was so exciting.”