Carrie Borzillo
June 08, 2011 AT 05:53 AM EDT

Frenchie Davis doesn’t like the word redemption because, as she is quick to point out, she has nothing to redeem herself for. But redemption was the name of the game Tuesday when the former American Idol contestant – who got booted from season two for having previously posed for sexy photos – showed millions of viewers what they missed out on when she brought down the house during the first live show of NBC’s The Voice.

She closed the show with David Guetta’s “When Love Takes Over.”

“Some people might see it that way,” Davis told reporters when asked if she felt like she redeemed herself. “I personally don’t think I have anything to redeem myself from. But it’s definitely a chance to enlighten people who maybe were not Frenchie enlightened before and share my gift with a whole part of the world that I’ve never been able to share it with. And, hey, Cee-Lo Green’s a fan now. Hello!”

It’s also a chance to finish what she started.  “What broke my heart so badly with the Idol experience was that when I left Idol most of the people remembered me because of the controversy surrounding the show. And if I had no talent, if I was just some talentless girl who showed her boobs at 19, I could live with that. But it’s like, I was born to sing and I just couldn’t live with that being my legacy when God gave me this voice. This show symbolized for me, win or lose, I get to walk away from this show and be remembered for my voice and that’s I ever wanted.”

Truth be told, Davis says she’s glad she didn’t make it far on Idol. “In retrospect, I totally get that everything happens the way it’s supposed to and I know I’m not an Idol. The Voice, I might be that. Idol just wasn’t for me and this feels like it’s for me. It’s just right.”

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