Contestants should expect stiff competition on “The Voice Australia” that’s why they have to be tougher.

Perhaps no one understands this better than Ellie Drennan, who won last year’s competition. She’s aware of the “negative criticism” that often comes with winning, Mail Online reported. Hence, she made it a point to focus on herself and enjoy life.

“When I first went on the show last year I saw some negative comments, that upset me at first but then you realize every single person on the show, and the coaches, get bad comments sent to them. You have to focus on the positive. Focus on yourself. It doesn’t matter what someone else says, if you’re enjoying life that’s all that matters,” Drennan told The Daily Telegraph.

She sang her new single “Hard Love” on “The Voice Australia” last Sunday. However, she soon became the target of social media trolls who joked about who she was.

Drennan opted to finish school and figure out what she wanted to do as an artist, hence her disappearance from the limelight.

“I am the sort of person who’ll work really hard on something to get it to where I want it to be. I just wanted to focus on getting the right songs, finding the right people to write songs with. I didn’t want to rush music out, so I’ve taken my time to figure out what I want to do and who I want to be as an artist,” she explained.

“After the show I just wrote as many songs as I could, I did a 50 songs in five days camp, just kept writing. I decided to finish Year 11 and just focus on my music. I’ve never really been interested in school that much, what I want to do you don’t really learn at school,” Ellie Drennan added.

In a separate post, Mail Online recalled Drennan’s struggle to generate interest in her songs outside of “The Voice” 2015. Her debut album hit its highest spot on the Australian charts at No. 14 while her single “Ghost” was at No. 25. Was it her lackluster career after “The Voice” that prompted the hiatus?

Nonetheless, Ellie Drennan is back and ready this time around. She recently released her latest single “Hard Love” and “Living Inside a Dream” before that. She plans an EP featuring her own material, wrote.