Jesse Campbell: Xtina Didn't Keep Her Word
The Voice's soulful former contender speaks candidly about his elimination, and what comes next.
TR: How did your daughter, Soraya, take the news?
JC: She took it badly. She was hurt and confused. I went through a lot to get her to be OK with me showing the world our pictures during the Halo performance. She didn't want to do it. She said things like, "Those are our pictures, Dad. Our moments." I told her it was OK, because people want to know about our life and the challenges we've made it through. So for then for me to have been chosen to be removed from the show, you can only imagine how much of a shock it was to her.
TR: How were you feeling in the hours and days that followed your elimination?
JC: I chose to see it in as positive light as possible. I just want to focus on what I desire to [see] manifest as a result of being on that platform. But you know, I am still processing it. For the first two days, I was cool. I was like, everything happens for a reason. All things work together for good. Next day I woke up hurt and angry. Very emotionally upset because of the way that things happened.
It was the shock of being favored by the coaches, including my coach, who said she would fight for me. But then one day she chose not to fight for me, but to fight against me. I chose to be on her team based upon her saying, "I will fight for you." That bothered me the most. She did not keep her word. And from that I said, I don't put my trust in man or woman, but [rather in being] true to God in me and what it is I believe I am here to do.
TR: Do you have any idea why you were eliminated? Do you think age or race had anything to do with it?
JC: I did think about a lot of those things. I try not to make assumptions, but you just never know. But your guess is as good as mine. No warning, no indication [given]. But, I don't believe that anybody owes me an explanation. It's a reality show. And you sign on not knowing what's going to happen.
So therefore, Christina Aguilera doesn't have to say anything to me, neither does The Voice or any of the parties involved. I did what I was born to do for the time that I was given that platform. And they made a choice, not via the public's vote, but they made a choice to remove me from that stage and eliminate me, so therefore, what more is to be asked? It is what it is.
[After this story was published Campbell contacted The Root to say that while he stands by this statement as it relates to age, he does not believe that race played any role in Aguilera’s decision.]