Universal Studios, Hollywood, CA — November 18, 2020
Two weeks ago we told you about Rio Souma, a Detroit autoworker and city native who auditioned on The Voice and selected John Legend to be his coach. Then ?s Grand Rapids. She chose Kelly Clarkson to be her mentor.
Actually, a third contestant has Michigan roots. Ryan Gallagher, of Team Kelly, is from Ada, MI also. His bio says he currently lives in Los Angeles for the town’s connections to the music business.
Gallagher’s audition was a spectacular cover of Andrea Bocelli and Celine Dion’s “The Prayer” that Clarkson fell in love with.
As the competition moved to the Battles round Rio was matched against the dynamic voice of Casme´ and they sang Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell’s “You’re All I Need to Get By.”
The coaches were highly complimentary of both singers. But, John Legend chose Casme´ to move on and no coach opted to save or steal Rio, eliminating him from the competition.
Skylar Alyvia Mayton battled Tanner Gomes singing the Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss duet, “Whiskey Lullaby.”
With Skylar’s elimination Ryan Gallagher was the lone remaining Michigander left on the show. He faced a tough assignment singing the Celine Dion hit “I Surrender.” A song generally performed by female artists and right in the range of his battle opponent Marisa Corvo.
Gallagher was up to the task, but Marisa was dead on during the performance and Kelly selected her. Thankfully, Kelly used her only save to keep Ryan in the competition.
We will continue to keep an eye on Ryan and see how he fairs in the next round, the Knockout competitions.