The Voice season 19 kicked off it’s live shows Monday night (Nov 30) with a big shocker. At the top of the episode, host Carson Daly announced that 4 way Knockout contender, Ryan Gallagher from Team Kelly Clarkson “had to exit the competition.”
Why did Ryan leave the show? On on Instagram Live clip Ryan posted after the show aired, he said mysteriously, “Thanks everybody for your concern for my family,” He continued, “However, everybody’s fine, that’s not the cause of what happened tonight on The Voice. I didn’t drop out of the show. Details are still to come, I’ll keep you posted.”
Ryan had previously shared that his mother had been admitted to the hospital with a serious case of Covid-19. And while it appears Ryan is fine, his departure could be related to the coronavirus. Entertainment Tonight is reporting that Ryan broke The Voice’s strict COVID protocols and therefore wasn’t allowed to continue in the competition out of concern for keeping the coaches, crew and fellow competitors safe. The situation sounds very similar to why Saturday Night Live withdrew Morgan Wallen’s musical guest spot.
But while Morgan will get another crack at SNL this coming Saturday (December 5), Ryan’s time on The Voice is over.
The classically trained singer competed last week as part of Team Kelly Clarkson in a 4-way Knockout for a fan-voted spot in the Top 17. He performed a show stopping version of Andrea Bocelli’s “Time to Say Goodbye” that had a good chance of clinching the spot for the singer. Instead, Tara Pappas from Team Blake won the contest.