A Temecula teen was voted off the NBC singing competition show “The Voice” Wednesday.
Xenia Martinez, a 16-year-old aspiring musician attending Great Oak High School, was eliminated from the semi-final round of the show after viewers chose a competitor over her.
Xenia performed a spirited rendition of the Phil Collins song I’m Not Moving on Tuesday night, and her coach on the show, country star Blake Shelton, gave her equal marks compared to her rival, contestant Dia Frampton.
To watch her performance, click here.
A look of shock crossed Xenia’s face when the in-studio crowd screamed and viewer voting tallies flashed up on the screen, showing Dia ahead by just six points.
“That’s a superstar right there,” Shelton said after hugging Xenia as she left the stage.
“Oh my goodness! I could not be happier and PROUD of you,” Xenia posted on Twitter after the show, referring to her competitor. “You are beautiful and you deserve it all. I love you Dia!”
In a video statement released before the show, Xenia thanked her coach and reflected on the time she’d spent working on the show.
“You've helped me grow as a performer and a singer, and helped me find another side of me I didn't think was actually there,” she said to Shelton.
Xenia, one of five children in her family, was competing for a recording contract and the honor of being named “The Voice.” Before she started the competition, her friends didn't know she could sing, according to her online profile.