After slipping and falling hard on camera during last week’s The Voice results show, Wendy Moten was back on stage after the break, standing next to host Carson Daly, declaring, “I’m OK. I’m a little bruised, but you know what? I’m still ready to go!”
As it turns out, the Nashville backup singer had more than just a few bruises, as she described in her video package Monday night (Nov 29) before taking the stage for a terrific cover of Dolly Parton’s “Jolene.” (Read our recap)
Wendy suffered more than bruises after that nasty fall. She ended up in hospital with broken bones
It seemed odd that Wendy didn’t appear in this week’s group publicity photo with her team. But instead of rehearsing with her coach Blake Shelton after the broadcast, Wendy went straight to the hospital. Wendy detailed her actual injuries in the video package. “My right elbow is broken. My left hand, I fractured…my wrist.” She added, “I fell down pretty hard!” However, Wendy declared “The show must go on!”
She really did fall hard. And trying to break her fall is what caused her injuries, apparently. After faceplanting, It took her a several seconds to get up and more to leave the stage. The stunned audience eventually broke out into applause for her as Blake and her teammates gathered round to assist the singer off of the stage.
Watch Wendy Moten’s nasty slip and fall on The Voice stage
There is a reason why the veteran singer is so determined. In the early 90s, Wendy had a major label record contract and released a song, that barely charted. Her dream of stardom didn’t materialize back then. Instead, she has spent her career singing background for other singers. She lives in Nashville, working with some of the greatest country stars, including Vince Gill. The Voice is her chance to finally step out front, and she is not going to let a couple of broken bones get in her way.
“I have been a solo artist before, and I lost that,” Wendy said in her video package ahead of her “Jolene” performance. “I have an opportunity to make that happen again, and I’m so close, I can’t see me giving it up right now.”
She said to Blake, that if she breaks more bones “they are going to have to wheel me out in a wheelchair. I’ll get up and sing, put me back in there, and wheel me back out!”
In other words, Wendy is one determined artist, evidenced by her beautiful and nuanced take on Dolly Parton’s “Jolene,” which Wendy sang as part of “Challenge Week.” Each of the artists chose a song outside of their usual genre. Wendy sang a classic country song. Despite the discomfort she must have been feeling all week, Wendy took the stage and performed like the pro that she is. Watch her performance below.