December 12, 2012 07:45 PM

Team Cee Lo’s Trevin Hunte was eliminated on Tuesday’s episode of The Voice, but the soulful singer isn’t letting the end of this journey hold him back.

“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.”

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Hunte is looking forward to his mom’s cooking and seeing his friends back home, and he won’t waste a second wondering what if he’d made it further.

“I have no regrets. I am glad that I took a leap of faith and auditioned,” he said. “I auditioned for American Idol and told my family I didn’t have the strength to do it again. But I am definitely happy and excited that I made it this far.”

And he still has a long way to go. “I’m only 18,” he said. “I’m just really excited.”

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