“I was really at peace assuming I would be in the bottom two again based on historical process this season at least,” reveals singer Nick Hagelin about his sudden elimination Tuesday night on “The Voice.” For the second straight week, he was one of two artists (along with Paxton Ingram) that had to battle at the end of the results show for an audience “instant save.” In our exit interview (watch above), he adds, “I was grateful for another Tuesday night performance. You always get a big boost on Twitter and always wonderful to get that love there.”
For the artist, his song choices this season were “Lost Stars” by Adam Levine (blind audition), “Electric Feel” by MGMT (battle round), “Lost Without U” by Robin Thicke (knockout round), “Stay” by Rihanna (live round one), “Mine Would Be You” by Blake Shelton (top 12), “Your Body is a Wonderland” by John Mayer (top 11), “I Can’t Help It” by Michael Jackson (top 10), “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran (instant save), “Hold On, We’re Going Home” by Drake, and “Change the World” by Eric Clapton (elimination).
The 28-year-old is from Atlanta and started his entertainment career with the Carolina Ballet Company. After leaving dancing behind, he decided to pursue being a singer by signing with Interscope Records. While on the NBC reality show, he first started out with coach Pharrell Williams but was eliminated. Opposing coach Christina Aguilera gave him an opportunity to return with a new feature called the “comeback” for the live rounds.
On getting that call from Aguilera welcoming him back, he says, “It was an amazing moment. I was really bummed when I was eliminated during knockouts. If we were having this interview after that elimination, I would have been a sad panda… By the time they called me back, I had again come to peace with it and was ready to move on and watch the season eating popcorn supporting my friends… I was definitely shocked and moved.”