Why Did Cody Ray Raymond Withdraw From ‘The Voice’?
We had some disappointing news on The Voice this week: Kelly announced that one of the members of her team this season – air force veteran Cody Ray Raymond – had left the show and would not be participating in the Knockouts or any subsequent rounds of the competition.
This, of course, resulted in a rare three-way Knockout which resulted in Kymberli Joye, Zaxai, and Natasia GreyCloud all advancing to the Live Playoffs, with Kymberli and Zaxai remaining on Team Kelly and Natasia losing the Knockout but staying in the running after being stolen by Blake. But why did Cody leave the show, especially after winning his Battle against SandyRedd? (After all if you come out on top against her, you’re definitely a contender.)
A few day’s before Monday’s episode aired, Cody took to Twitter to announce the news of his departure from the show.
To all my supporters and new fans, thank you all for the love with my journey so far, but due to personal matters, I’ve had to bring my Voice chapter to an end. I’m okay, my family’s okay and stay tuned for new music coming. Sending love back ??❤️?
— Cody Ray Raymond (@codyrayraymond) October 25, 2018
Kelly’s announcement on the show was also pretty vague as to why Cody left. The mention of his family could be an indicator the reason for his exit involved them, but unfortunately, he hasn’t Tweeted since and no official statement has been released, so I don’t think we’ll be getting any further explanation than that. I know we’re all curious, but if Cody wishes to keep matters private that’s totally understandable and should be respected.
Cody’s departure had to be a blow for Kelly, though. Like I said, she believed in him so much she kept him over SandyRedd, a four-chair-turner who seems to have a good chance of becoming a frontrunner once the audience’s opinion comes into play. Obviously, there probably wasn’t any way to predict this turn of events since Cody’s exit seemed pretty sudden, but there may always be that question of “what if?” in Kelly’s mind, especially if SandyRedd does end up going far and potentially being the winner. And this isn’t even the first time someone from Team Kelly has dropped out of the competition for “personal reasons”; Hannah Goebel left shortly before the taping of her Battle round performance last season.
That said, it’s worth noting Kelly went on to win the season Hannah dropped out of with Brynn Cartelli…could her luck turn around again this season with another victory? We still have plenty of competition to go before we find out. You can catch all the action when The Voice airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8/7c on NBC.