Words & Deeds

‘This is just the beginning’: Idaho singer Jacob Maxwell says goodbye to ‘The Voice’

Idaho no longer has a voice on “The Voice.”

After an inspiring, entertaining run, Jacob Maxwell was eliminated Tuesday on the 16th season of NBC’s long-running series.

Despite a promising performance of Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart” on Monday, viewers did not choose the Coeur d’Alene singer for the top 13. His coach, John Legend, used his lone save on fellow team member Celia Babini.

Last week, Maxwell had made the cut to the top 24 contestants — but only after Legend used a save to keep his dreams alive.

After Tuesday’s show, Maxwell thanked Legend on Instagram — and gave fans reason to smile about the future.

“You made a small town boy from Idaho’s dreams come true, and I hope one day you can know just how much that meant to me,” Maxwell wrote. “To everyone else who watched, prayed, voted, whatever — let’s be real, this is just the beginning, and you’re all gonna be hearing from me real soon. This has only shown me how much I’m meant to do this, and I couldn’t be more excited for what God has in store.”

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Michael Deeds is an entertainment reporter and columnist at the Idaho Statesman, where he’s also been a sportswriter, features editor and entertainment editor. Deeds co-hosts “The Other Studio,” a one-hour music show, at 8 p.m. Sundays on 94.9 FM The River.