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KSDK – What a long, dramatic journey it's been for Tess Boyer, the former Voice contestant from Glen Carbon, Ill.

She was voted off last week after more up and downs than most contestants. Now, it's time for her to reflect, and she says there were some incredible highlights.

"Getting the chair to turn around…being stolen by three coaches…" she said.

The Rams cheerleaders says singing is her first love. With national exposure, the 21-year-old is somewhat of a celebrity, posing for pictures and autographs, but she candidly says it's a different experience.

"It's very humbling," she said. "It's hard to get used to."

What wasn't hard to get used to was the immediate sense of family among the Voice contestants and the judges.

"We would do a lot of music," she said, "have a kumbaya circle. We would really understand each other."

Leaving the contest was difficult. But time has helped.

"I'm at peace with it now," she said. "[I was] upset for a while about going home. But everyone goes home."

She's grateful not only for the experience, but the enduring lessons she's learned.

"I have strength I didn't know I had," she said.

As for what's next? She's singing and composing with her brother in a band called Tess Hannah and has no plans to give up show business.

She'll return to show business two weeks from tonight right here on NewsChannel 5.

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