In Tuesday night’s blind audition episode of The Voice Season 3, we were introduced to former student Collin McLoughlin, who dropped out of NYU’s grad school — with only a year left before he was to receive his Masters in Music Business — to pursue a career in music.
Luckily, Collin has a beautiful sound that inspired three of the judges to turn for him. And though his bold decision seems justified, we can’t help but wonder if the singer received any negative feedback for dropping out of school and promoting it on national television.
When Wetpaint Entertainment caught up with Collin yesterday, he admitted that not all viewers supported his decision. But he wanted to make one thing clear.
“I never said that I was going to be done with school permanently,” he clarified. “I just needed a chance to try to go out and live a dream cause this is the only chance in my life I could ever really go do it. And if I didn’t do it now, I’d spend the rest of my life looking back and saying what if I’d just really gone for it? Could I have really done it?”
“In this case for me, it was most important for me to really give that a fair shot,” he continued. “It’s something that I’m really glad I was willing to take the risk to go ahead and try to do.”
And Collin’s not the first contestant to drop out of school or a job for the show. Allison Steel, the mom in the mother/daughter duo, 2 Steel Girls quit her job in order to come on the show, and last season, former Yale University football player Dez Duron dropped out in order to attend the blind auditions.
Though Dez didn’t make it last year, we know that he reauditioned this season. His audition hasn’t aired yet, but we have a feeling it might make his decision worth it.
What do you guys think? Should Collin have dropped out of school to pursue his music career? Tell us below!
Rachel McRady is an editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow her on Twitter @rachelmcrady.