Say it ain’t so! On Monday night’s episode of The Voice, Kelly Clarkson announced that fans would have to say goodbye to one of their favorite contestants — Cody Ray Raymond. So why did Cody leave The Voice, especially right before the Knockout rounds?
According to Twitter, the 27-year-old had to drop out of the competition “due to personal matters,” but assured fans that he and his family are OK. “To all my supporters and new fans, thank you all for the love with my journey so far, but due to personal matters, I’ve had to bring my Voice chapter to an end,” he wrote. “I’m okay, my family’s okay and stay tuned for new music coming. Sending love back.”
To all my supporters and new fans, thank you all for the love with my journey so far, but due to personal matters, I’ve had to bring my Voice chapter to an end. I’m okay, my family’s okay and stay tuned for new music coming. Sending love back 🙌🏼❤️🎸
— Cody Ray Raymond (@codyrayraymond) October 25, 2018
Cody first made his appearance on the show when he sang “Born Under a Bad Sign” for his blind audition, and won over the hearts of judges Kelly and Jennifer Hudson, who both turned their chairs around. However, the Seattle, Washington, native decided to go #TeamClarkson all the way. You can rewatch Cody’s audition in the video below.
Cody made it to the second round and battled contestant SandyRedd — a singer who got all four judges to turn their chairs around during her blind audition. He crushed their performance of “Cry to Me,” and while Kelly decided to pick him as the winner of the battle, judge Jennifer Hudson saved SandyRedd by putting her on her team.
It’s clear Cody’s performances made him a front-runner on the show. Many people took to Twitter during the episode to share their disappointment over his decision to leave. However, it looks like he’s gained a dedicated fan base already — and even if his time on The Voice must come to an end, people still plan to follow his journey. “Will miss seeing you tonight!!” one fan wrote on Twitter. “Just keep on singing! I’m gonna keep following your career!”
Good luck on your next adventure, Cody!