FORSYTH COUNTY — Forsyth County native Riley Biederer’s run on “The Voice” ended Wednesday night, but the decision by her celebrity coach to let her go did not prove easy.
During the fourth round of NBC’s hit reality singing competition, the 19-year-old singer/songwriter did not receive enough votes from viewers to make it past the live playoffs with her belting rendition of Tori Kelly’s “Should’ve Been Us.”
The results were announced live Wednesday after 24 competitors performed on Monday and Tuesday. The field had to be cut in half.
Her team coach, Grammy-winner Pharrell Williams, said the performance was her best yet.
“You have gone leaps and bounds in believing in yourself, and knowing you belong here is super important, and you deserve it,” he said on the show Wednesday as he grappled with his decision.
Pharrell’s team was one of four, with the others coached by Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani. The top two vote-getters from each team moved on, while each coach chose a third competitor from their team to save.
Pharrell appeared conflicted in his choice of who to keep on his team.
In the end, he went with Mark Hood.
Viewers voted in Madi Davis and Evan McKeel, with whom Biederer performed in a previous round.
Before the announcement was made, Biederer, a self-described pop-soul artist, performed R.E.M.’s “Everybody Hurts” with her then six-person team.
Her father, Frank Biederer, said she will travel back to Los Angeles for the show one more time to perform in the finale, where it has been tradition in past seasons to bring back the contestants who make it to the live rounds.