'The Voice' season 15: Fan favorite Cody Ray Raymond quits the show due to personal issues
Kelly Clarkson announced on Monday night's episode that Raymond's fans would have to bid their goodbyes to the Air Force veteran.
During Monday's premiere of the Knockout Rounds on 'The Voice' season 15 viewers saw the sad departure of fan-favorite Cody Ray Raymond without even getting to hear him sing for one last time. Kelly Clarkson announced on Monday night's episode that Raymond fans would have to bid their goodbyes to the Air Force veteran. Prior to Kelly's announcement, Raymond took to Instagram and released a statement stating that he is leaving due to personal matters, but he and his family are fine. "Fans, friends, and new supporters, I want to thank you all for the love sent my way with my journey on The Voice so far, but due to personal matters, I’ve had to come back to my roots and end this chapter," he wrote. " I’m okay and my family is okay. But stay tuned for new music with these fellas. Sending love back 🙌🏼❤️🎸."
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Fans, friends, and new supporters, I want to thank you all for the love sent my way with my journey on The Voice so far, but due to personal matters, I’ve had to come back to my roots and end this chapter. I’m okay and my family is okay. But stay tuned for new music with these fellas. Sending love back 🙌🏼❤️🎸
This statement of his left fans and viewers wondering what could be the reason for him to quit so suddenly. But, if we take a closer look at his statement, it says that he has "had to come back" to his "roots". This could possibly mean that perhaps he wasn't that fond of the show's format, the pressure that is put on the singers or maybe it is the showbiz atmosphere. But one thing is for sure, this news just adds to the pile of Clarkson's bad decisions.
If you are someone who has followed the show from the start, you must be aware that Raymond was in Team Kelly, and during the battle rounds, he was pitted against Sandy Redd who received a four-chair turn during the Blind Auditions. Battling it out by performing 'Cry To Me' by Solomon Burke, at the end of the battle Clarkson chose Raymond as the winner, which resulted in Jennifer Hudson stealing Redd into her team.
This was the first wrong decision that Clarkson had made because she had let go of the diamond she had with her. This brought her a step down from being the top coach with high chances of winning the season. With everything done and dusted everyone moved forward, but sadly that wasn't the end for Clarkson because now the singer who she chose over Redd quit the show due to personal issues. This ended up being a huge task for her because she had to then pair three contestants — Kymberli Joye, Zaxai and Natasia Greycloud — in the second round of the Knockouts. This was a rare three-person knockout round.
The only question I have is that, has Clarkson realized that she lost one diamond during the battles, and now she has lost another. What are her plans ahead for the rest of the rounds? Will she be able to take it up a notch with the rest of her performers? On the other hand, has Raymond realized that he had a big chance of winning as well, being a front-runner and that he took the spot that someone else should have got.
Following the announcement, fans also took to Twitter to reveal their disappointment and that they find his reason to leave quite shady.
Be honest.... Is it because the shows format or show biz too demanding? Ur fans wana know... U were a frontrunner & to just leave like that is shady! Makes no sense & to say "personal reasons" is a cop out! U took a spot someone else should've got! #TheVoice #VoiceKnockouts— TMac (Tom M)❌ (@TjMcJr215) October 30, 2018
U know how many people would of loved your chance... wow👎👎— Nick Charles (@CoachCharlesDB) October 30, 2018
But some fans also took to share their love and support for him and the decision he made.
You have an amazing gift to share, please don't deprive the world of it. Happy to hear you and your family are ok and look forward to hearing you again 💕— Sandy Benson (@makinitalone) October 30, 2018
I'm glad everything's okay but we will all miss you but I know the voice is only the beginning and I can't wait to see what's next for you and have a great weekend Love You ❤️— Dara DiGiovanni (@Dara989512) October 26, 2018