Following an arrest from a domestic incident with his wife, America’s Got Talent finalist Michael Ketterer will no longer perform alongside Garth Brooks at an upcoming show at Notre Dame.
Brooks shared the news during his weekly Monday night chat, Inside Studio G, letting fans know that they decided “it was best” that Ketterer withdrew from the performance.
“Called him this weekend, we talked. We decided it was better that he not appear at Notre Dame and not perform there,” Brooks told fans. “That family will figure it out and find it within themselves, and of course the good Lord, and figure it out. Michael Ketterer will not be at Notre Dame.”
The collaboration came after AGT judge Simon Cowell extended a public request to Brooks, asking the country superstar to write a song for Ketterer to sing in the finale. The track, called “The Courage of Love,” resonated with viewers around the world, who question whether Brooks would record the track himself.
“I’ll tell you what, we’ll just stick it in the system. What we should do, how do we get it to the people? Here’s the deal: it’s a demo. It’s just something you write for somebody else. So it doesn’t even sound like me, it doesn’t sound like me at all. But we can fix this demo and get it out because the main thing is the song and its message,” he shared.
Early last week, Brooks invited Ketterer to play at the Oct. 20 show, just days before the finalist’s arrest. TMZ first reported the incident, which took place just one day after landing in fifth place on the finale of the NBC hit show.
According to TMZ, Ketterer and his wife got into an argument and when authorities arrived to assess the situation, they noticed a red mark on her body. The singer later admitted that they’d gotten into a fight in their hotel room, but that the situation was a “misunderstanding.” While his wife declined to press charges, Ketterer was still arrested for domestic violence and had a bail set at $50,000.
Ketterer quickly became a fan favorite on America’s Got Talent after earning a golden buzzer during his audition, which advanced him to the live rounds. He brought Cowell to tears in the quarter finals after revealing that his wife and daughter had nearly died during childbirth.