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Schuler Eliminated from 'The Voice'

The Pennsbury graduate started the competition as an early frontrunner, but his momentum ran out of steam.

Matthew Schuler (L) performs with Tessanne Chin. Photo by Trae Patton/NBC.
Matthew Schuler (L) performs with Tessanne Chin. Photo by Trae Patton/NBC.
The seemingly impossible happened Tuesday night when Pennsbury grad Matthew Schuler was eliminated from NBC's The Voice. The Lower Makefield native squared off against James Wolpert for the Tweet save, when the viewing audience had five minutes to vote for the singer that should move on to the top 5, but did not earn enough to stay in the competition.

Schuler started the season as an early frontrunner on The Voice as all four judges begged the powerhouse vocalist to join their team after he blew the audience away with a rendition of Young the Giant's 'Cough Syrup.'

His momentum carried through the preliminary rounds, as Christina Aguilera whittled down her team before the live elimination portion of the reality show began. As fellow judge Adam Levine remarked Monday night after Schuler performed 'Story of My Life,' the high point of the Bucks County resident's journey came when he offered a heartfelt, soulful version of Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah.'

That performance was the second most downloaded song on iTunes the next day, putting Schuler on firm ground for the next few weeks as more finalists were sent home. He stumbled a bit last week when he landed in the bottom three, but the Twitter save came through and kept Schuler in the hunt.

His luck ran out Tuesday night, as audiences did not connect with his performances of 'When a Man Loves a Woman' and 'Story of My Life.' Aguilera pleaded the fans to save Schuler again, promising that he would perform 'O Holy Night' next week. After some farewell hugs to the rest of the singers and Aguilera, Schuler left the stage.

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