By Pamela Gocobachi
Updated November 06, 2013 at 03:00 PM EST
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On Monday NBC’s The Voice kicked off the first night of its live shows with performances from members of Team Adam and Team Blake.

Team Blake contestant Nic Hawk, now notorious for his unique and upbeat renditions of Top 40 singles, got the crowd going with an energetic performance of Robin Thicke, Pharrell, and T.I.’s summer hit, “Blurred Lines.”

If the audience reaction to Hawk’s performance on Monday night was anything to go by, the charismatic pop singer might very well be one of the frontrunners for the singing competition’s fifth season.

Check out what Nic had to say about being on Team Blake and what his strategy is for sticking in the competition below!

While the crowd went wild over “Blurred Lines,” the contestant actually revealed to EW that he felt like he could have performed better, something that might shock viewers at home who heard nothing but praise from judges Christina Aguilera, CeeLo Green, and Hawk’s former coach, Adam Levine — who added that he “feels like an idiot for letting [Nic] go.”

“I kinda beat myself up a bit after it was over because I felt like I could have done it better but then I thought to myself, ‘You know what? This song isn’t necessarily about vocals– it’s about performance.’ I’m here to perform and I think the crowd had an amazing time!” exclaimed Hawk when EW spoke with him over the phone the morning after.

But while Hawk might have spent the first few seconds in the aftermath of his performance disappointed in himself, coach Blake Shelton seemed to be beaming with pride for his contestant. During the live taping, Shelton ran up on stage as soon as the cameras turned off for a scheduled commercial break and embraced Hawk in a hug.

“He just kept saying, ‘man! That was awesome! That was so good!’” said Hawk, recalling the moment.

The Texas native, who moved over to Team Blake after getting knocked out of Adam’s team in the Battle rounds, divulged he didn’t originally have any intention of working with Shelton when he first auditioned. Hawk says he wouldn’t have thought to pick Shelton as a coach because he has won the singing competition the last three years in a row and his luck as a coach is bound to run out eventually. Now, Hawk says he can’t imagine himself with a different coach.

“Blake’s told me before that he knows nothing about my style of music—he’s a country singer—but he does know what sounds good and he knows about universal appeal and that’s helped me so much as far as being a better singer,” says Hawk. “I’m mildly obsessed with him now—he’s such a great guy!”

As far as his strategy for winning The Voice, Hawk says he’s going to focus on delivering the kind of enthusiastic performances he’s become known for on the show.

“I’m not like a lot of these singers who have had a lot of training—I’m learning as I go,” says Hawk. “But this is such a unique show because your voice is what gets you past the first round but it’s your performance and your personality that really keeps you around.”

As for whether or not he feels like he’s up against stiff competition amongst fellow Team Blake contestants, Hawk says he really has no clue what the upcoming results show on Thursday night is going to reveal.

“All of us on Team Blake have looked at our stats on iTunes but it’s such a close call, it could really go either way,” says Hawk. “Really, it’s anybody’s game at this point.”

Check out Nic’s rendition of “Blurred Lines” from Monday night’s live show below:

Voice fans: Stick with EW as we give you the chance to pick each of the finalists’ official photos after the Top 12 is revealed on Thursday night’s results show. Your favorite pictures will be featured on! Stay tuned…

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