Wendy Moten Undergoes Extensive Surgery To Repair ‘Shattered’ Elbow After Falling On ‘The Voice’

NBC’s The Voice runner-up Wendy Moten has returned to Nashville following the star-studded finale and on Friday (Dec. 17), the…

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Lauren Jo Black

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December 19, 2021

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Wendy Moten; Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC

NBC’s The Voice runner-up Wendy Moten has returned to Nashville following the star-studded finale and on Friday (Dec. 17), the Team Blake alum underwent an extensive surgery to repair the injuries she sustained when she fell on stage during the show. 

Moten updated fans as she was on her way to Nashville’s Vanderbilt University Medical Center where she was scheduled to have surgery that day. 

“Today’s the day,” she shared as she was enroute to the hospital. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Moten admitted she was ready to put her injuries behind her so she could get “back to business” making music. 

“I got one of the top surgeons at Vanderbilt getting ready to work on my arm,” she revealed. 

Moten went on to thank everyone for their support and promised that she plans to “keep going” after recuperating from surgery. 

Wendy Moten; Trae Patton/NBC
Wendy Moten; Trae Patton/NBC

Prior to the finale, the singer revealed that she first planned to have the surgery in California, however, she had a change of plans. 

“Initially I was going to have the surgery Wednesday here in Burbank, but I switched it to Nashville so that should anything go wrong, I’ll be at home, and my family is closer,” she told People. “I’ve been in talks with the doctor at Vanderbilt, and they have everything. They got two dates set up for me: they got an ‘if I win’ date for surgery, and then ‘if I don’t win,’ they got a date for that surgery. I’ll be having surgery coming up in a few days or next week.”

Wendy Moten; Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC
Wendy Moten; Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC

“My elbow is jacked up,” she added. “It’s shattered. It’s no good. I have to have surgery to put metal plates and bolts and things. So I’m amazed that I was able to still keep going with that knowledge.”

Moten sustained the injuries to her elbow when she fell over an on-stage speaker during the Nov. 23 live show. She ended up having to wear two casts on her arms as she sustained a broken right elbow and fractured left hand. 

According to Moten, the recovery “may take two or three months.” 

Wendy Moten, Blake Shelton Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC
Wendy Moten, Blake Shelton Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC

After joining Team Blake, Moten made history as the oldest contestant to make it this far in the competition at 57 years old. 

She promised fans not to let the surgery put her on the sidelines. 

“Once I get this surgery under wraps and I get through my recovery…then I am going to put some things together and get some shows going. Record some more music,” she revealed. 

Fans can follow Moten’s recovery process on Instagram where she plans to stay connected with fans as she heals. 

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.