Gyth Rigdon once again stood victorious on the stage as he advanced to the Top 13 contestants on The Voice.
His performance of Shenandoah’s “I Want To Be Loved Like That” on Monday won the hearts of viewers across the country. The following night at the top of the show, Rigdon was the first person named to the Top 13.
Rigdon spoke to the Beauregard Daily News about the competition, and his thoughts going forward. He noted that the fact that he had advanced didn’t quite sink in at first, and he described the experience as “surreal.”
“It took a second for it to sink in that they had called my name,” said Rigdon. “Then, all of a sudden, the crowd went crazy. My teammates turned around and looked at me, and everyone was so excited. It didn’t really sink in until I got off stage.”
In addition to making the Top 13 in the competition, Rigdon’s performance was received the most streams on Apple Music. That achievement did not go unnoticed by Rigdon, who credited it to the song.
“It was incredible that my performance was the most streamed on Apple Music,” said Rigdon. “I feel that it was not only because fans liked my performance, but because they also related to the song. It was a great song choice.”
In an earlier interview, Rigdon explained that “I Want To Be Loved Like That” was a personal favorite of his, and he dedicated the performance to his late grandparents. Rigdon’s deep connection with his family is something that has been evident since his first appearance on the show. He spoke about his family's reaction to his big win on Tuesday night.
“My family was in the stands on Tuesday and I caught eye contact with them when it happened,” Rigdon said.
“My dad had a proud look on his face. It”s been great to have him here. He was standing right next to the stage Monday night, and I got to hug him right before I went on stage. My dad is a huge inspiration and a hero.”
Rigdon expressed how important his wife’s support has been throughout the competition as well.
“My wife has been supporting me since the very beginning. She has been there through it all, and she is so great and supportive of me. I couldn’t do any of this without her,” he said.
Another feather in Rigdon’s cap was his debut in a national commercial for Marshalls. The commercial consisted of Rigdon and his fellow contestants singing and dancing throughout a Marshalls store. He described the experience as “super fun”, and something that was totally new to him.
“The Marshalls commercial was something totally different,” Rigdon said. “People may not realize that it was shot in a live store. Real people were in there shopping and we just busted up in there with guitars and dance moves. It was a fun thing to be a part of.”
Rigdon noted that while they were shooting the commercial, the contestants had “jam sessions” in between takes. “The people shopping in the store were not expecting us, but they thought it was really cool,” he said.
Rigdon has been rehearsing and putting in long hours to prepare for his next performance. He implied that the fans are going to really enjoy his next performance, and gave a little information about what to expect.
“For the past two weeks we have done slower songs,” he said. “I feel like it's time to switch it up a little. I'm going to bring a song that will have the fans singing along with me.”
Rigdon has had a great deal of support from the local community with many residents and businesses proudly displaying signs in their yards. He expressed how thankful he was for all of the support, and had a special message for the fans.
“To the fans, I say this. I didn’t make the Top 13; We made the Top 13. I thank my fans for joining me on this journey so far, and I thank the good Lord above for guiding me this far.”
The Voice airs at 7 p.m. on NBC.