Team Cee Lo lost one of its members on NBC’s The Voice on Tuesday, as R&B singer Trevin Hunte, 18, was eliminated from the competition.

"I feel like the best person on the planet Earth. I am so happy and excited, to be honest," Hunte told People after the show. "I feel like a weight has been lifted. Being away from family and friends and what you're used to was definitely a hard thing for me."

The Queens, N.Y., native was a popular contestant due to his backstory. He was often bullied by his peers and told he would never make it in the music industry. Now, he’s looking forward to starting his career. “I’m so super excited to start my life as an artist,” he told Access Hollywood. “I’m just ready to make feel good music and I just want America to see me as an artist now. [I’m] definitely happy and excited about that.”

Another Voice coach, Christina Aguilera, 31, has also been supportive of Hunte, going so far as to suggest she might take him on tour with her. However, at the moment, Hunte is still loyal to his coach Cee Lo Green, 38. “I’m going to have to stay true to Cee Lo. But I’m open to any opportunity that will allow people to [see] my talent and allow people to see who I am as a person,” Hunte said. “So, I’m just excited. I can’t complain and I don’t want people to feel sorry for me. So I’m thankful.”

Hunte will be back singing on The Voice this season with other former contestants, but for right now, he’s looking forward to a break. “The first thing that I’m going to do when I do get a chance to go home is eat,” he said. “I’m going to sit down and I’m going to put on the TV and I’m going to sit back and eat — all the types of food that I can eat and just chill.”

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