Scottish rocker Terry McDermott has taken The Voice Season 3 by storm, and that was particularly apparent on last night’s live show. With a heartfelt dedication to his late mother with “I Want to Know What Love Is” and a rockin’ rendition of “Stay With Me,” the Team Blake contestant really blew it out of the water.
However, not everyone is Terry’s biggest fan, and when Wetpaint Entertainment caught up with him on the red carpet after the show, he addressed Christina Aguilera’s harsh criticisms, talked about his fellow contestants’ talent, and revealed the story behind that awkward moment with Christina Milian in the Sprint Skybox.
Wetpaint Entertainment: How do you feel about how you did tonight?
Terry McDermott: I feel proud, actually. I thought that I’d set up … two polar opposites [songs]: one kind of lively rock and roll and one all about stripping it down and capturing the emotion. I don’t think I could have done it any better than I really did, so if I do go home, I’ve given it my best shot.
You mentioned on the show that “I Want to Know What Love Is” was about your mom passing on. Can you elaborate a bit?
Well, there’s a line in the song about the “heartache and pain,” and of course, when my mother passed away, I was obviously very distraught and that lingered with me for years and left me in a bad place. When I met my wife, she got into it with me in a way that I never had done before — made me face up to it a little bit, face up to the fact that it was still a shadow hanging over me, and I didn’t want to. She helped me get through that, and it was kind of a love, frankly, that I had never experienced before, so tonight, I wanted to sing it both for my mother — who I’m sure would be very proud — and for my wife, because I’m very grateful I was able to find somebody who gave me the gift of her love.
When did your mom pass away?
My mother died 10 years ago of Lou Gehrig’s disease.
I’m so sorry. What did you think of “Stay With Me,” which was chosen for you by Blake?
I mean, that song’s a riot. That song’s everything I would want in a rock ‘n’ roll song. It’s a song I’ve played before, and I love performing it. I love Faces [Rod Stewart’s early band] — that’s my kind of rock and roll! So the fact that Blake picked it for me suggests that our relationship is going pretty well, because frankly, I would have picked that myself! I was delighted.
How much did you like all the judges’ comments tonight?
I didn’t do too bad with the judges. Christina didn’t crucify me, which was good. I could see the dagger coming out at one point; I thought maybe I was going to get stabbed, but Cee Lo, Blake, and Adam all said lovely things, and it’s very flattering, to say the least.
What’s your mindset at this point in the competition?
Staying afloat! I think anyone would say the same thing, which is when you’re beginning, you’re like, “I want to win this.” And then you get to a point when you see the kind of consistency of talent, the talent level that’s around you, and you’re like, “I just want to stay in this group.” We’re talking about Trevin Hunte tonight, an astronomical amount of talent, so you just want to stay in the group.
Cassadee Pope reached the top of the charts a few weeks ago, and she’s continuing to get a lot of support. Is it intimidating to be on her team?
Cassadee deserves every success coming her way. She’s been through the mill as well, with record companies, as I have, and touring, and she knows what it’s like to work hard on the road six nights a week, so if America wants to buy her music and they feel that connection, I think that’s a wonderful thing.
How did it feel to have Adam say that he was jealous of your voice last week?
Well, let’s be honest — I think he’s doing quite alright with his own voice. He’s sold one or two records, if memory serves! So it’s very nice of him to say that, but at the same time, I don’t think anyone would particularly complain about having his voice, either.
What was all that about tonight with correspondent Christina Milian and your Hobbit joke?
There was a brief moment where I think, unbeknownst to Christina, she was talking herself into a set up to a good Scottish dirty joke. I didn’t deliver the punch line, but everyone knew what was coming — I’ll just leave it at that.
Do you think each coach should be guaranteed someone in the finals this time?
No. I actually think this system’s much better, and I think all the contestants would agree that there’s a huge mutual respect between us. When you start getting into this stage, it’s really all about the talent, and you being in the competition shouldn’t be defined by the fact that there’s a coach there — it should be defined by the fact that you deserve to be in there on your talent.
Are you confident about or nervous for tomorrow’s elimination show?
I’ll say confident, for no other reason than I don’t think I could have done any better, so if I get sent home after that, then I deserve to go home.
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