Scituate resident Caitlin Michele Ford ended her journey on the hit NBC show "The Voice" on Monday, after losing in the “Knockout Round” of the competition.
Ford went against Diego Val for her final show, performing Evanescence’s “Bring Me to Life” to Val’s “Are You Gonna Go My Way” by Lenny Kravitz.
Yet despite belting out the ballad, Ford’s teammate beat her out, with team coach Cee Lo Green going with Val.
“It was definitely a valuable experience. There were no real negatives that were significant enough for me to say I’d never do it again. If given the chance to do it again, I probably would,” Ford said in a phone interview from California. "The experience gave most of us a lot of confidence we needed, and now that I have that, I’m pursuing my goals actively [rather] than sitting in my room and saying, ‘Why aren’t I famous?’”
After being saved by coach Green last week, Ford said she felt confident going into the latest round of the competition, and had hoped to make it into the live round where the audience votes for their favorite star.
In a part that wasn’t shown on TV, Ford said, Val made some excuses during the critique, and had figured it might be enough to push her into the next round.
As a result, getting the boot was somewhat of a shock.
“I was really upset, because at first I didn’t even want to do the show. I didn’t care about it enough. And during that performance, I thought, ‘I could win this, I could go live,’ and then I was like, ‘Nope,’ and I was really bummed out,” Ford said.
Ford said she was shocked to even be paired with Val, because their styles were so different.
Regardless, the singer, songwriter, and Berklee College of Music student is moving on with her music career in other ways. She is talking to two small labels about next steps and potentially releasing an album around Christmas.
“I want to build a fan base from the ground up, but all these followers, they just follow us because we are on the current season of The Voice…I want the die-hard fans who will drive 50 miles to come see me,” Ford said. “I’m trying to find smaller labels that are underground.”
The experience also helped open Ford’s eyes to the insides of reality TV, showing her that not everything is as it’s perceived.
The inklings of fame have also taught Ford some lessons as she embarks on her next musical journey, she said.
“I learned being in the public eye is really stressful,” she said.
As for her teammates, Ford is continuing to root for them, as four to five players from each of the four teams move on to the live rounds.
"We’re all human," she said.
The Voice airs on NBC on Monday 8 p.m.