First EVER ‘Voice’ Contestant Hits Number 1 On iTunes Country Chart

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If you think former contestants on talent shows like The Voice can’t find success after the show, think again. Andrew Jannakos, who competed on Season 16 of the show last year, just hit an amazing milestone with the release of his new single.

Andrew’s song “Gone Too Soon,” which was released at midnight, made it to the top of the iTunes charts for both country and all genres on Tuesday morning. The singer celebrated on his Instagram account.

‘The Voice’ Star Andrew Jannakos Hits The Top Of The iTunes Chart

“I am BLOWN away by the support y’all have given me with this song,” Andrew wrote on Instagram, “and it’s absolutely insane to see my name up there with some of the biggest acts around the world!”

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Andrew posted a smiling photo of himself, along with shots of the two charts. He’s ahead of artists like Demi Lovato and Cardi B, plus country stars like Florida Georgia Line and Chris Stapleton. Not too shabby!


“I cannot thank y’all enough for supporting this crazy dream of mine, it absolutely would not be possible without y’all!” Andrew wrote to his fans. He also thanked fellow songwriters Josh Bricker and Jason Afable, as well as his team.

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The 26-year-old’s song “Gone Too Soon” is an emotional track in which Andrew sings about wishing his lover would stay with him longer instead of leaving so soon. Andrew shows off the country vocals that got Adam Levine and Kelly Clarkson to turn their chairs last year on The Voice.

Watch Andrew Jannakos audition for “The Voice.”

How Far Did Andrew Get On ‘The Voice’?

Andrew auditioned for Season 16 with a cover of “Beautiful Crazy” by Luke Combs. Kelly and Adam both turned their chairs around for him. Country coach Blake Shelton had a full team at that point, so he couldn’t turn.


Andrew chose to join Adam Levine’s team. He went on to win his battle against fellow Team Adam singer Patrick McAloon, but unfortunately Andrew was eliminated in the live Cross Battles round.

The singer posted on his Instagram stories that fans also got his self-titled EP to the No. 4 spot on the country albums chart. As of this writing, it’s now in third place. Once you’ve listened to his original music, check out Andrew’s YouTube page, where he posts covers.


Jill O'Rourke
Jill O'Rourke

Jill O’Rourke is a contributor at Talent Recap, writing news stories and recaps for shows like ‘AGT,’ ‘The Voice,’ and ‘American Idol.’ She graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in English and Film Studies, and has been writing about pop culture since 2012, with previous bylines at Crushable and A Plus. Jill spends her free time binge-watching sitcoms and daydreaming about life as a hobbit

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