Booted 'The Voice' Hopeful RaeLynn: Blake & Miranda 'Have Taken Me Under Their Wing'

RaeLynn chats with Access Hollywood at 'The Voice' in Los Angeles on April 18, 2012 RaeLynn chats with Access Hollywood at 'The Voice' in Los Angeles on April 18, 2012

The elimination of country cutie RaeLynn sent shockwaves through the audience on Tuesday’s “The Voice,” but despite getting the boot from coach Blake Shelton, the 17-year-old has high hopes for her musical future.

“The show is an amazing, amazing show… it made me a better performer,” RaeLynn told Access Hollywood following her elimination at “The Voice” in Los Angeles on Tuesday. “I wouldn’t be who I am today without the show and, you know, I’ve got tons of fans. I went from having 300 [Twitter] followers to 40,000 followers and I would have never done that if it wasn’t for this show.

“I’m so thankful for the show and I love Blake [Shelton] and Miranda [Lambert] and I know that they’re going to help me and so I’m just really, really excited about what’s to come,” she added.

The wide-eyed Texas native said that while she was “surprised” by her elimination, she was happy to concede her place to Erin Willett, the big-voiced chanteuse who recently lost her father.

“Erin’s been through so much this last year, it happened to the best person in the world,” she said. “I’m so thankful that this happened for her and she’s such a great person.”

And RaeLynn had nothing but praise for Blake and his wife, “The Voice” mentor/country superstar Miranda Lambert.

“[Blake] told me to stay who I am, and him and Miranda just have taken me under their wing and that’s so cool,” she told Access. “I mean I’ve dreamed of meeting Miranda and now she’s like, calling me all the time and being there for me and that’s just — I would have never been able to that if it wasn’t for the show.”

“The Voice” returns Monday at 8/7c on NBC.

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