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Romeo's Rachel Mac is ready for what's next after 'The Voice'
Comfortably back in Romeo after her successful run on "The Voice," Rachel Mac is a bit "tired" but excited for what comes next.
"I'm definitely going to use this spotlight to my advantage while it's still on me," the 16-year-old singer and songwriter said Thursday, still exuberant from a homecoming "mini parade" on Romeo's Main Street the night before, celebrating her fourth-place finish on the NBC show's 20th season.
And even though the Romeo High School sophomore didn't win the competition, Mac was nothing but positive about the experience.
"I'm real happy about the way things ended," she said. "I think all the contestants will agree there was no pressure going into the finale. It was almost like we were putting on our own concert. We weren't fighting to get into the next round. We were as far as we could go.
"The worst case scenario was fifth place, and fifth place is amazing. So we were all living our best lives. I was very happy."
Mac also has good things to say about winner Cam Anthony from Philadelphia, who even helped her do her nails on set.
"Cam is such a sweet heart," Mac noted. "He's one of the wisest people I've ever met -- very nurturing, very caring. He's just a great guy...and a great nail artist."
Mac certainly finished her "The Voice" run on high notes, with well-received versions of Fleetwood Mac's "The Chain" and Lee Ann Womack's "I Hope You Dance" (dedicated to her eight-year-old nephew Ezra) on Monday and then a duet with coach Nick Jonas on Foo Fighters "Best of You" the following night.
"That was probably the coolest experience out of everything," Mac says of the latter. "The crew said they'd never seen a duet come together that quickly. Our second run-through was pretty much exactly the way we sang it on stage. Obviously Nick sings with people for a living; He's a Jonas Brother, so he's used to doing duets or whatever. But it came together so quick and kind of fell into our laps. It was perfect."
Mac added she's already talked to Jonas -- the only one of "The Voice's" four judges to select her during the Blind Auditions round -- about getting together when the Jonas Brothers perform on Sept. 14 at the DTE Energy Music Theatre.
As she settles back home, Mac will focus on finishing her school year, including final exams. She plans to start releasing some of her original material soon -- "I'm gonna try to give y'all the best content I can, she promises -- and is entertaining offers for "some really big gigs" around the metro area.
Mac may be done with "The Voice," but she considers that just the start
"If anything came out of this it's me knowing who I am as an artist, having the security that this is really what I want to do," she says. "Hopefully there were some big (music industry) people listening and hopefully they want to talk to me after this, 'cause this is what I wanted to do. I want to put stuff out there and continue living this life."
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