Out NFL Player Esera Tuaolo Eliminated On “The Voice” As Brett Favre Praises His Performance

"Last night on the 'The Voice' was the end of a beautiful beginning."

Blake Shelton being named People’s Sexiest Man Alive isn’t the only sad news coming out of The Voice this week, as contestant Esera Tuaolo was eliminated from the singing competition on Monday.

The former NFL player, who came out as gay in 2002, was sent home after performing LeAnn Rimes’ “How Do I Live”—a song choice he said was inspired by his former secret life while playing football.

Tuaolo made headlines when his audition first aired on The Voice back in September. The athlete got both Shelton and Jennifer Hudson to turn their chairs, and ultimately chose the country star to be his coach.

Tuaolo’s former Green Bay Packers teammate Brett Favre tweeted in support of the singer after this week’s elimination.

“Last night on the The Voice was the end of a beautiful beginning,” Tuaolo tweeted this week before an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

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