The Voice’s Wendy Moten Scheduled for Elbow Surgery, Long Recovery

THE VOICE — “Live Top 20 Performances” Episode 2114A — Pictured: Wendy Moten — (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC)

After falling over a speaker on stage during the Nov. 23 live show, The Voice 21 runner-up Wendy Moten has had to wear casts on both her arms after breaking her right elbow and fracturing her left hand. Now, she reveals, that she requires surgery.

“My elbow is jacked up…it’s no good”

“My elbow is jacked up,” she told People magazine Monday night (Dec. 13) after the performance finale. “It’s shattered. It’s no good. I have to have surgery to put metal plates and bolts and things. So I’m amazed that I was able to still keep going with that knowledge.”

Initially, Wendy considering having the surgery performed in Los Angeles. But she decided to have it done at Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville where she lives, in case anything went wrong. 

She told fans on Instagram Wednesday morning, the day after The Voice finale, that the surgery is scheduled for Friday. “The recovery may take two or three months,” she revealed. “I’m going to need your prayers and best wishes for my arm surgery…” adding “I’m going to have one of the best surgeons to put my elbow back together.” 

She promises her fans, “Once I get this surgery under wraps and I get through my recovery…then I am going to put some things together and get some shows going. Record some more music.”

Wendy thanked her coach Blake Shelton and congratulated winners Girl Named Tom

In the clip, she also took time to thank her coach Blake Shelton, “We hope to do some stuff together.”  She also gushed over coach Ariana Grande who she said was “amazing to me.” Wendy called her a “vocal beast” and “a beautiful human being. ” 

While winners Girl Named Tom were the first group to win The Voice, Wendy broke records of her own, as the oldest contestant to make the finals. And the oldest to finish in second place (Read our finale recap). 

“Can you believe it? My dreams came true at my age?”

“Can you believe it? My dreams came true at my age?” The 57 year old singer sang background behind other artists for years, and implored her fans to never stop dreaming “…even when people tell you that it’s impossible. Only you know when it’s impossible.”

Wendy also shouted out to her fellow finalists. “Congratulations to Girl Named Tom for winning The Voice,” Wendy said, adding that she’s grateful for coming in second place. “They are some beautiful people,” Wendy said of the sibling trio from Team Kelly Clarkson. She also congratulated the rest of the Top 5, and her duet partners, Manny Keith and Jonathan Mouton

After 4th place finisher Hailey Mia dropped a comment, Wendy said, “She’s amazing at only 14. She’s already a vocal beast. But she’s going to be a star. ” Team Kelly Clarkson’s Kinsey Rose also dropped by. “One of the best country singers in the world,” Wendy said. 

“The Voice is hard…”

And although the singer made it look easy, Wendy confessed, “The Voice is hard. I thought it was going to be no pressure at all. It was pressure every day morning to night!” 

Watch Wendy chat with fans below. 


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