When we caught up with coach Cee Lo Green’s glam rockette Kat Robichaud, who was one of two contestants eliminated on Tuesday’s episode of The Voice, she was just as feisty on the phone as she was on stage. She high-kicked, snarled, and crowd-surfed her way to make it to the top ten, in no small part due to her production team. “They’ve never once told me, ‘No, we can’t do that,’” she said.
As the first winner of the Twitter instant save, Robichaud wasn’t bitter that she wasn’t saved again by voters. “I know it’s not the end for me. The whole friggin’ reason I went on this show is to better my career. So this is the jumping-off point.”
Read on for our Q&A with the high-kicking Kat, in which she talks about how Cee Lo orchestrated her performance of Pat Benatar’s “We Belong,” her Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman connection, and her plans for the future.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How are you holding up after Tuesday night’s eliminations?
KAT ROBICHAUD: It’s a roller coaster of emotions…Last night, I was talking to my fans on Twitter and they were reminding me of a lot of stuff that I’m gonna miss. You know, I was getting really sentimental, but I have to think that the top eight people right now, as incredibly talented as they are, there’ll be two more going home in just a few days. It’s insane to think about that, and I never thought I would win. I’m happy I made it this far, being myself, you know? Because I wasn’t trying to sacrifice the performance aspect to just stand there and concentrate on my vocals. It’s always about performing and…the show is absolutely amazing at allowing me to be myself.
What were your fans saying on Twitter?
One thing that was…making me a little sad was, they were like, “Well, what are you gonna do now? What are you gonna do now?” And it’s like, “Well, I don’t know what’s gonna happen now.” I know what I want. I want to sign a record contract. I’ve put out two albums on my own, and I could do that now. But I think it would be nice to have the support of a record company for once…I wanna put out a badass rock and roll album and go on tour…It’s just kind of funny because I don’t think people realize how much work is involved in that and how much time it takes. I can’t go on the road next week. I have to put a band together!
So [Dresden Dolls frontwoman] Amanda [Palmer] reached out to me yesterday and she said, “Are you going to be in New York on Friday and Saturday?” I was like, “Well, no, I’m supposed to be leaving on Friday. and she was like, “Well, that’s too bad because Neil [Gaiman] and I are going to be performing on Friday and Saturday in New York at Town Hall and I would love it if you would come and sing a song with me.” I’m gonna perform with my idol on Friday night and I just cannot believe it. So it softens the blow, you know what I mean? [Laughs]
That’s certainly a smooth transition from the stage, and then back to the stage.
Oh totally. And it’s gonna [feel] great. So she gave me this song — that I don’t wanna say too much about it, but I love it — I mean, I love anything that she does. It’s gonna be really cool…I’m taking advantage, and then the crazy thing is, in three weeks, I’m gonna be right back in L.A. for the finale.
On the show, Cee Lo has talked about how he continues to mentor his past artists. I was wondering if he had an exit plan for you.
We haven’t talked yet. It was just kind of an awkward situation, because they rush you off the stage, and he looked at me, and…I didn’t have the opportunity to hug him, but I looked at him and I kind of mouthed, “I’m okay” or whatever. I do know that that night, he and Caroline [Pennell] were supposed to have to film for the next show…and he canceled it, because he was upset…Hopefully, we’re gonna talk soon. If not, I’ll see him in three weeks and I’ll give him hell for it. [Laughs]
Cee Lo’s been very supportive of the performance part of the show. On Monday, we saw him really trying to make your top 10 performance “epic.” What was it like during rehearsal?
My original idea [for the performance] was starting out playing on the piano, on a staircase, then descending the staircase and having these dancers come out and clap, and Cee Lo took it to a whole new level. He was like, “You know what? I think that it should just be the piano, you start out, and we’re gonna have like eight male dancers and they’re just gonna do flips…and then I want you end up on top of the piano. And the piano’s gonna be gold.” I’m like, “Yeah, yeah, let’s do that!”
You were the first winner of the Twitter save. Do you think it’s a good or bad aspect of the show to give the audience that much power at the last minute?
I think it’s a good thing because what I experienced from the first Twitter save was that a lot of people were saying that day…”Oh, you’re not gonna need it. Your performance was so good…You’re gonna be in the top three for sure.” I was like, “No, guys, no seriously, make sure you know how to do this.” But as it turned out, a lot of people didn’t vote because they thought they didn’t need to, that I would be safe. And I needed the Twitter save. The next day, I had a lot of people email me saying, “I’m so sorry, I didn’t initially vote for you. I just didn’t think it was necessary because we thought you were gonna be safe,” and that’s what happened…Caroline has way more Twitter followers than I do. So I wasn’t surprised at all. But you know, I’m very happy for her. And I’m rooting for her, I love her to death.
Watch Kat Robichaud’s top 10 performance of Pat Benatar’s “We Belong” below:
The Voice airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET and Tuesdays 9 p.m. ET.