JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - Armorel native Marybeth Byrd’s journey ended Tuesday night on The Voice.
On Monday, Dec. 9, Byrd performed a solo and duet as part of the semifinals. For her solo, she sang “Before He Cheats” by Carrie Underwood, receiving a standing ovation by her judge.
For her duet performance, she and semifinalist Jake Hoot sung “Up Where We Belong” by Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warners.
We learned on Tuesday, Dec. 10 she was in the bottom two and was eliminated.
On Monday, Dec. 2, Byrd performed live as part of the Top 10. She sang “Lose You to Love Me” by Selena Gomez and received praise from the judges on her performance.
On Dec. 3 episode of The Voice, she learned her fate.
Byrd was not saved by America’s vote and would sing for a spot in the semifinals.
She sang “You are the Reason” by Leona Lewis and thanks to the instant save, she is in the semifinals.
Byrd, who also sang “Stars” by Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. on Nov. 25′s live episode of the NBC show gathered enough votes to advance to the Top 10.
Byrd was a four-chair turn when she auditioned, singing “Angel from Montgomery” by Bonnie Raitt. Coach Blake Shelton was blocked from being picked by one of the judges, and Byrd said she had to go with her gut and picked John Legend as her coach.
The A-State student has gathered quite a following with live watch parties, that have been dubbed “Byrd Watching."
To make it to the live rounds, Byrd sang “All I Ask,” by Adele and stunned the judges.
Coming from Armorel, Marybeth Byrd never anticipated when she tried out for the TV show she would have such an amazing journey ahead of her.
“You know just being from such a small town, going to the big stage in L.A., it’s a really huge leap. But, I’m taking a leap of faith,” said Byrd. “It’s been an amazing experience that I wouldn’t trade for the world.”
Marybeth grew up with a stutter until her parents heard her singing and realized that she wasn’t in fact stuttering at all.
She would go on to perform in Blytheville’s Johnny Tolley Variety Show and compete in the Miss Arkansas Outstanding Teen pageant.
After graduating high school, she began college at Arkansas State University.
“Right now, I’m actually taking online classes. So, I’m doing both,” she said. “I’m doing college and this.”
Marybeth also helps out with her dad’s barbecue business.
Since then, let’s just say her dad is loving the spotlight. “Yes, the other day, he actually said, ‘Well, I think I’m more famous now that you.’ He’s enjoying this,” said Byrd.
From the first audition until now, Marybeth has gotten the opportunity to meet some very influential people, including Taylor Swift.
“I’m not even going to lie when I saw that it was Taylor Swift it was like, I was so excited that I couldn’t act excited,” said Byrd. “I didn’t even know what to do because it was amazing.”
She’s also been spending quite a bit of time working with her coach, John Legend.
“He is just so punctual with everything,” said Byrd. “He knows exactly what he’s doing, so every time he gives me a song suggestion, you know I always take it because he’s so amazing and so talented.”
And since September 30, we have all fallen in love with Marybeth Byrd. Each week we learn more and more about the small-town girl. She’s shown us what it means to be fearless, to be vulnerable and how to just have fun.
One supporter from Byrd’s Dentist office says, she’s the same on and off the screen.
“What you see is what you get. She is down to earth, she is a small-town girl. But you know, Northeast Arkansas is like that. We are all small-town people and we have each other’s back," Kasey Eakins said.
And many others can’t get over her performance last week when she cried performing “Go Rest on that Mountain” by Vince Gill.
“I think she has already spoken to America with her last performance with that song about her grandfather and that entire story. I think leaving that mark for people, she has already kind left that legacy,” A-State Director of Spirit Progreams, Paige Pauley said.
As she continues on with the competition, she has one message she wants to share with everyone back here in Region 8:
“I just want to tell all of my “Byrd watchers” thank you so much for all of the love and support,” she said. “I cannot tell you how much it means to me. I could not do this without you guys. Y’all push me to be my best each time I hit the stage and I’m just so incredibly thankful.”
If you want to vote for Marybeth, you can do so by using the official Voice app or by going to The Voice website.
You are able to vote up to 20 times.