It was a shocker heard all around The Voice soundstages tonight when host Carson Daly announced that Team Christina’s last man standing, Dez Duron, was going home. Not only was he a fan favorite for being an adorable and talented vocalist, but he took on a Justin Bieber song last night– and Bieber fans rally. Coach Christina Aguilera was throwing her whole support behind him and encouraging all of her fans to do the same, too, while every other team had two or more contenders to split the votes of those fans who only vote based on their favorite coach, not artist in the competition. It just wasn’t enough. But it’s okay.
Duron, who took a leave of absence from his Ivy League education at Yale to follow the music in his heart, knew he would be okay and that his time on The Voice was really only the start of living his dream.
“I just want to be remembered [on The Voice] for putting my heart out on the stage and not holding anything back,” Duron told LA TV Insider Examiner when we caught up with him on The Voice red carpet in Los Angeles.
“That’s what I always try and do, and I want to be remembered just for being passionate about music.”
Duron credited his coach for helping him stay true to himself and his dreams all throughout the competition, and he noted that with all of the talented artists out there, the most important thing is to never get too caught up in what anybody else is doing but instead to focus on bettering one’s self and talent.
“Make music that matters,” Duron said Aguilera advised him. “Commercial success isn’t going to make you happy. When you’re making music that matters and inspires people, that’s what matters. And she has both, so I want to be like her!”
Duron isn’t too deep into worrying about just what his post-The Voice album will sound like just yet– though he did share that he was eager to get started on it, especially while the emotions and inspiration from the show were fresh on his mind.
“As a writer and as a musician, you’re always going to take from the experiences around you, so this show will definitely pop up somewhere in one of my songs, either in influence or maybe I’ll reference it directly. Who knows!?” Duron said.
“But you know, I never dreamed of winning The Voice when I was a little kid; I always dreamed of being a musician and a singer, so that dream hasn’t been taken away.”
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