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Former ‘America’s Got Talent’ and ‘The Voice’ contestant Nolan Neal dies at 41

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Nolan Neal, a singer who was a contestant on “America’s Got Talent” and “The Voice,” has died. He was 41. 

On Tuesday, “The Voice” confirmed Neal’s death in a tribute to him on Twitter.

“We are heartbroken by the passing of Nolan Neal,” the post said. “His incredible talent will always be remembered. Our sincerest sympathy goes out to his family and friends during this time.”

TMZ first reported the musician’s death on Tuesday. Neal’s cousin, Dylan Seal, later confirmed the news with Variety. 

More details about his passing, including the cause of death, have not been shared. 

Neal, a Tennessee native, auditioned for Season 15 of “America’s Got Talent” back in 2020. He performed an original track called “Lost,” which he revealed was the first song he penned after getting sober.

Before he took the stage, Neal spoke in his intro package about being in recovery from addiction. 

At the time, he told the audience and judges that he hadn’t touched “the hard stuff” in 15 years.

“Good for you!” Sofia Vergara and Simon Cowell cheered as the crowd applauded. 

After Cowell asked Neal to further explain the meaning behind the song, the singer replied, “The hook of the song is ‘Lost for the last time.’ It’s about somebody who thinks that they don’t deserve anything because of the things they’ve done.”

He added, “I hope that it connects with you all. That’ll be the real win for me.”

Neal belted out the song’s emotional lyrics and ended up almost bringing Vergara to tears when she spoke about her family also being impacted by the “horrific sickness” of addiction.

Each judge gave him a resounding “yes” to move onto the next round. 

Before he was eliminated from “America’s Got Talent,” he was able to perform another original song, “Send Me a Butterfly,” during the quarterfinals.

A NBC affiliate for Knoxville, Tennessee, WBIR, spoke to Neal shortly after he made it onto the competition series. At the time, the singer opened up about his sobriety journey and his experiences with rehab. 

“I remember I got clean in 2010; May 15, went to rehab. Stayed clean,” Neal shared. “I joined the rock band Hinder, they were all about drinking and partying. This is not their fault. I had decided I wanted to drink like a normal person. I remember trying to be normal and fitting in. I remember going to a bar and ordering a drink. I tried to hide it. I remember pretending to be normal. I was just lying to myself telling myself that I could control it.”

Prior to competing on “America’s Got Talent,” Neal had previously auditioned for “The Voice.” In Season 10, none of the coaches turned their chairs around for him. 

In 2016, he returned for Season 11 and sang Elton John’s classic ballad “Tiny Dancer,” causing all four judges to turn their chairs. He chose Team Adam Levine. 

Neal was eliminated from the show after singing Steven Tyler’s “Love Is Your Name” during the “Knockout Round.” 

While speaking to the NBC News affiliate, Neal revealed that he was dealing with his addictions as a contestant on “The Voice.”

“I kind of lost my way on ‘The Voice’ and continued drinking,” he said. “You can see it. I can see it.” 

He shared that multiple rehab visits helped him eventually get sober and start making music again. 



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‘The Voice’ Sneak Peek: Niall Horan Says He’s Not Coming Back After Tough Battle Round Decision

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The Battle Rounds are always tough for The Voice coaches, but on Monday, Niall Horan might be ready to throw in the towel!

The rookie coach dooms himself in a new sneak peek at a Team Niall Battle between Michael B. and Ryley Tate Wilson, who take the stage with a stunning rendition of Giveon’s “Heartbreak Anniversary” that blows all four coaches away.

“That was one of the best performances we’ve seen in the Battle Rounds,” Chance the Rapper praises. 

“Michael, I don’t know how you weren’t a four-chair turn,” Kelly Clarkson marvels, to which Blake Shelton replies, “I don’t think I was here that day.”

However, when it comes to their coach, who has to pick a winner and loser of the Battle — or will he use his Playoff Pass? — Niall is hurting.

“If they ask me to come back, I’m not coming back,” he laments. “Because I cannot tell you how hard this is.”

Calling the pair’s performance “off the charts,” Niall praised the pair for making the song their own, before bemoaning the fact that he has the toughest decision to make.

Watch the full Battle below and tune in on Monday to see who wins!

ET spoke with the season 23 coaches ahead of the premiere, who all shared how excited they were to be on the show for The Cowboy’s last go-round.

“I texted him,” Kelly shared. “If he was gonna do a last season, I wanted to make sure I was there.”

However, the talk show host insisted that she won’t be letting nostalgia affect her competitive nature.

“If [Blake] wins, I am very happy for him, because that is super cool to win on the last season and he’s literally the show, from its conception,” she conceded. “But, like, I’m not, like, rooting for him to win. I’ll be happy for him if he does, but I’m obviously trying to win myself.”

As for the show’s new coaches, Niall and Chance said they were ready to put in the work against the Team Blake dynasty.

“It’s been awesome,” Chance said of joining the show. “Kelly’s very, very sweet, very nice to me. And Blake is… here.”

The Voice airs Mondays at 8 p.m. PT/ET and Tuesdays at 9 p.m. PT/ET on NBC.

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Promising review: “Love this product! It’s a great cheese alternative for cheese. I love the freshness and how it complements the taste of your food. Great with popcorn, salads and steamed veggies. I’m sure I can put it in just about anything but so far I’m very happy with it specially in my popcorn.” —Karen

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