BYU graduate and performer Ryan Innes was eliminated from "The Voice" Tuesday night after a surprising performance by fellow contestant Cathia.
Innes came into the show having had nothing but flawless performances. Latin artist Cathia had previously lost her battle round but was saved by Usher last week. The two contestants were the last to perform Tuesday night.
Cathia surprised the coaches with her performance of Kelly Clarkson's "Mr. Know It All," which was her first English performance on "The Voice."
"First of all, I'm so proud of you, Cathia. You did good, girl," Shakira expressed to her former team member. "The way you attacked those high notes, the great deal of confidence that you displayed, it was just great."
Innes followed Cathia by performing Gavin Degraw's "I Don't Want to Be." While the performance was entertaining, several coaches expressed that it wasn't Innes's best.
"I had high expectations with your performance tonight. I had thought that you were going to have a little more control," Shakira said. "But I know the kind of singer you are. You did have a few moments where you displayed your vocal ability."
Coach Adam Levine pointed out the need for several improvements to Innes's performance as well, although he ended up stating that Innes was a favorite of his.
"He's one of my favorites in the competition," Levine said. "But based on this performance alone, Cathia was close."
Ultimately, Usher announced that Cathia was the winner, much to the surprise of the other coaches.
After the announcement, Usher related that he is now the only team with a Latin singer, which may play to his advantage.
Many fans have reached out to Innes to pledge their support while others have called out Usher for making what they see as the wrong choice.
Degraw tweeted to Innes, "It's only as good as the performer man. Thanks for bringing it home like that."
Neon Trees, a Provo-based band, also gave Innes a shout out: "We love you @ryaninnes! Sky's still the limit! #ProvoPower."
Innes took to Twitter himself in order to share his gratitude for the support he had throughout the competition.2 comments on this story
"So much love for everyone, everywhere for your support," Innes tweeted. "This was never about an ending. Just a beginning and I'm ready. Hope you are too."
But local fans aren't to be too sad, as Innes is set to perform this fall in conjunction with the Rooftop Concert Series.
"Usher's loss is our gain," Rooftop concerts tweeted. "We'll have @ryaninnes back on our stage with @thenewelectricsound in September. So please don't cry. #innestowinnes."
More information on Innes's September concert can be found at the Rooftop Concert Series website.