The Voice’s Ryan Gallagher Opens Up About His Mom Being Hospitalized With COVID

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Ryan Gallagher first impressed everyone with his Blind Audition of Andrea Bocelli and Celine Dion’s “The Prayer” on season 19 of The Voice. In The Battles, he went head to head against Marisa Corvo on Team Kelly, but he had something weighing on his mind. His mother and grandmother both contracted the very deadly COVID-19 that has swept the entire world.

Ryan Gallagher Performed On ‘The Voice’ While His Mom Had COVID-19

Even heading into the rehearsals before The Battles, Ryan seemed a little down. He revealed that his mother was taking care of his grandmother and they both contracted COVID-19. “I’m hoping for the best still, and I think she’s gonna pull through; she’s a strong woman,” Ryan said about his mom. The Michigan native is very close to his family and his mother has been battling multiple sclerosis for nearly 29 years.

“My mom is just a very positive person. She is just so strong,” Ryan told MLive. “Being kids, it was so hard because we all had to pull our weight. I think my mom being sick when we were all so young allowed us to all be so close. It gave us so much discipline, compassion and empathy at a young age.”


Ryan went back to Michigan a few weeks ago to visit his mom. When he was there he said she had a hard time breathing while going upstairs or going grocery shopping. He has since given an update to his fans on Instagram saying that his mom is doing a lot better.

Coach Kelly Clarkson gave Ryan and Marisa quite possibly one of the most difficult songs we have ever heard on The Voice, “I Surrender” by Celine Dion. Though Ryan did do a Celine song for his audition, this one was a little out of his wheelhouse since it is traditionally sung by a woman.

“I worked on this song through probably the hardest things I’ve gone through in my life,” he said. “If I were to win this battle, it would mean more to me than just winning. It would be kind of a life battle for me, too, that I’m winning.”

Kelly’s Battle Advisor Leon Bridges also noticed that Ryan had a lot going through his mind during the rehearsals. “It was definitely evident that Ryan was channeling his pain. That emotion—that’s what resonates with people.”

Did Ryan Win The Battle?

Marisa put on quite the powerhouse vocal performance during The Battles. Ryan was steady with his pitch and tone but it was clear that the performance was tipping in Marisa’s favor. Blake Shelton said that Marisa took over the room and John Legend agreed that she outshined Ryan. Gwen Stefani said that she could not take her eyes off of Ryan the entire time and only wanted to watch him.

Check out our weekly recap show where we talked about everything that happened in this weeks episode. Plus we make updates to our ‘Voice’ fantasy teams based on who was eliminated from the show.


Kelly chose Marisa as the winner of the Battle and said it was the hardest one for her to judge. As Ryan was leaving the stage, Kelly hit her save to keep Ryan in the competition. Both Ryan and Marisa are still members of Team Kelly on The Voice.


Samantha Agate
Samantha Agate

Samantha Agate is a contributor and host for Talent Recap on YouTube with a previous byline at The Blast. She graduated from Hunter College in 2019 with a degree in Media Studies and a Concentration in Journalism. When she isn't binge-watching reality television shows or binge-eating fried food, she loves hanging out with her friends and family and petting puppies.

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