Never one to follow the rules, Usher definitely shook up the battle rounds on The Voice 2013 earlier this week. In the April 22 episode, Team Shakira’s Kris Thomas battled C. Perkins on Bruno Mars’s “It Will Rain.”

Shakira named Kris the victor, and C. Perkins flashed a smile and wave before heading down to the coaches’ chairs to say goodbye. As the singer approached Usher, for a handshake and a fond farewell, the coach pressed his button stealing C. at the last minute.

It was the most shocking steal we’ve seen on the show thus far, so when Wetpaint Entertainment caught up with C. Perkins on a conference call the day after his battle round aired, we had to ask him about the steal.

“When I lost, I was happy for Kris,” he told us. “I had told Kris before we had even gone on stage, I was like, ‘I think somebody’s going to end up getting stolen. And it’s going to be a good show because we’re both good.’ But when nobody hit their button, I was just like, ‘Ok this is it.’”

C. Perkins wouldn’t let the loss destroy his positive attitude, and continued to thank the coaches for their help.

“I still went out with a smile on my face,” he continued. “When I walked up to the coaches, I didn’t even know that Usher had hit his button, I just heard the crowd, I heard the noise, but it didn’t process. And when I looked up I saw Usher looking at me, smiling and I was like man this is crazy and that’s why I had the shocked face because I did not know that he hit his button until it all processed. It was pretty amazing.”

Talk about a surprise! And C. Perkins is grateful that Usher made him wait, because now he knows what it feels like not to make it. This feeling has been parlayed into an important life lesson for the contestant.

“That definitely impacted me a lot more as a singer,” he admitted. “Now it’s like, ‘OK you know how it feels to go home, so you have to work extra hard to get to the next round.’ I think that since I had that in my head, I think I’m a little more prepared for anything now. I don’t just shut my mind to one thing.”

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