Of the 48 contestants on Season 12 of The Voice, Andrea Thomas was the only one to have her first two performances montaged.
But the country singer from Nashville by way of Texas says she refuses to allow the lack of exposure to a national TV audience get her down.
“I’m always up for a challenge and the fact that I’ve been montaged twice puts a little fire under me in a good way,” she told Voice Views.
“No one said it was ever going to be easy to see your dreams come true. You’ve got to stay strong, persevere and keep moving.
“I don’t have time to figure out why the network made those decisions. Instead I’ve got to keep my head up and my eyes on the end goal. I’m thankful for even the few seconds that they air my performances.”
Andrea’s most recent few seconds of airtime came last Tuesday, when The Voice aired a snippet of her Team Blake battle round match with Micah Tryba.
They were asked to sing “What Hurts the Most” by Rascal Flatts.
A former background singer for Carrie Underwood, Andrea said she’s a fan of Rascal Flatts and of that song.
“The lyrics are so strong and emotional, I knew it was going to resonate with a lot of people,” she added. “The only challenge was mixing well with Micah and balancing our harmonies and, after a lot of hard work and many hours, we definitely accomplished that.”
The judges seemed to think so too, based on their positive feedback, Andrea said.
Alicia Keys complimented her on giving the most honest performance of the song. Gwen Stefani praised the breaks in her voice.
“All of the coaches’ feedback was really good and in my favor so I felt like I had a good chance of winning the battle,” Andrea said. “However, sometimes they say those things and they choose the other person so I didn’t let myself celebrate until I heard it straight from Blake’s mouth.”
Next up for Andrea is the knockout round, which will hopefully be aired in its entirety.
Pre-Voice, she was doing session work as a vocalist and preparing a new project of original music. She released an album called “Awaken My Soul” in 2011 and a Christmas EP in 2013.
Since she wasn’t stolen, the battle round marked the end of the competition for Micah, who had been studying to become a veterinarian pre-Voice. She had turned two chairs in her blind audition.