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‘The Voice’: Ryan Gallagher Forced to Leave Show After Breaking COVID-19 Protocols

by Matthew Wilson
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One hopeful on “The Voice” saw his dreams dissipate after producers removed him from the show for breaking COVID-19 protocols. Ryan Gallagher was a favorite on Kelly Clarkson’s team. But the contestant reportedly did something he wasn’t supposed to.

According to a spokesperson for NBC, Gallagher broke the show’s strict COVID-19 measures. The spokesperson didn’t provide details on what Gallagher did to be booted from the show.

“The Voice has strict Covid protocols in place to secure a safe set. Ryan broke those protocols and out of an abundance of caution, we cannot have him continue in the competition and potentially put others at risk,” Tori Walsh from NBC Universal told MLive.

Ryan Gallagher Competed in ‘The Voice’ Knockout Round

Gallagher was one of four contestants competing for America’s vote in a Knockout round. Representing Team Kelly, Gallagher went up against Taryn Papa, Julia Cooper, and Larriah Jackson from the other teams. But producers removed Gallagher before he could see if he won the round. Ultimately Papa, who’s on Blake Shelton’s team, advanced in the competition.

Gallagher commented on his absence from the show. He promised fans that more details would follow.

“Thank you for your concern for my family, however, everybody is fine,” Gallagher said. “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.”

A Michigan native, Gallagher moved to Nashville and then Los Angeles to pursue a singing career. His big break finally came when he wowed audiences on the musical competition. For his blind audition, Gallagher chose to sing “The Prayer” by Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli.

His voice impressed both Clarkson and Shelton. But Gallagher ultimately decided to go with Clarkson as his coach.

“First of all, no one in this competition can touch you. You are totally unique,” Clarkson said at the time. “I’m so excited. He sounds effortless and it sounds like a conversation from the gods,”