No one can sing the pants off an inspirational ballad quite like Team Cee Lo’s Trevin Hunte on The Voice. But last night, the 18-year-old surprised his coach, the audience, and America when he opted to sing Usher’s upbeat hit “Scream.”

Wetpaint Entertainment caught up with the singer on the red carpet after his performance, and he spilled about taking that risk and his plans moving forward.

Wetpaint Entertainment: First of all, working with Jennifer Hudson… what was that like?

Trevin Hunte: Words can’t even begin to explain how crazy it was for me. Definitely being around somebody that you watch and try to embody as an artist is definitely kind of hard to be around, but she gave me great words of advice and I’m so thankful and lucky to be in that position.

Cee Lo and Jennifer told you that you’ve been doing great with the ballads and that you should maybe stick with that. You still wanted to do the Usher song. How do you feel about your decision?

I set a goal for myself this week and I felt like I reached it. People that can’t gravitate to something that’s different maybe can’t agree, but there were definitely some of my fans that loved the performance.

Are you going to continue with the upbeat stuff, or are you going to go back to the ballads?

For me, my home is strong R&B ballads and that’s a place where I like to stay, but every opportunity where I get to show people a different side, I’m going to take it and make it my own — every single time. I’m the type of person [who doesn’t] want to be predictable, and I feel like that’s [mindset] America kind of got into — “Oh, we expect him to do another ballad.” I know it wasn’t my best vocal performance, but for me, it was just about having fun this week and that’s what I got to do.

You looked like you were having fun!

I had the best time of my life, and I got an opportunity to say that I had the chance to show America a different side.

You got to show some of your personality, too. You were moving around, dancing, and had fans trying to touch you …

It was definitely a great experience to actually interact with my fans and touch them and try and pump them up to dance. It was definitely a great feeling for me.

Were you more nervous going into this week than past weeks because of trying a different song?

I’m still kind of nervous, but I’m just happy everything is over with. This was the most nervous week for me because when something is different, people don’t know how to take it. It’s definitely hard to try and embody myself as that type of singer, but I did my best.

Are you confident going into tomorrow?

I’m trying not to think about it because everybody did amazing tonight and you never know [how] America is going to vote. I’m going to stay confident. I know that I want to go onto next week, but it’s all up to America.

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