Fan Favorite Mysteriously Drops Out Of ‘Voice’ Competition

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The Voice season 14 is well underway as the Battle Rounds wrapped up Tuesday night. But, one contestant was missing

Host Carson Daly announced during Tuesday’s episode that Team Kelly member and season frontrunner Hannah Goebel had withdrawn from the competition for personal reasons. Her exit came as a shock as she was considered a major contender after receiving a rare four-chair turn during the show’s Blind auditions.

Fellow Team Kelly member Alexa Cappelli was paired with Goebel for the Battle round. But, Goebel’s departure forced 18-year old Cappelli to perform Sam Smith’s “Pray” solo. It wasn’t all bad news for Cappelli who advanced to next week’s Knockout round by default.

Hannah took to social media to thank her fans and her coach, Kelly Clarkson, but declined to give details of her departure. “I want to assure everyone that I am well; I still have my voice and am looking forward to a long music career and recording original songs in the near future,” Hannah wrote. ” I must endlessly thank my amazing Coach, @kellyclarkson , for believing in me, providing me with the greatest opportunity of my music career thus far. Kelly is someone I will always look up to for her incredible poise, beautiful heart and unbelievable level of talent. I am forever grateful that she decided to use her Block on me and immensely appreciative of the time that I spent on her team.”

Goebel wowed America and the Voice coaches during her Blind audition when she bravely covered one of coach Alicia Keys’ songs, “If I Ain’t Got You.” Her stunning performance earned her a four-chair turn and the use of Kelly Clarkson’s only block of the season. An Omaha, Nebraska, native, Goebel moved to Nashville to pursue a career in music.

Watch Hannah Goebel’s four-chair turn audition in the video below.