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Chapel Hill native’s run on 'America's Got Talent' comes to an end

Anna Clendening
Anna Clendening NBC

The run for singer Anna Clendening came to an end Wednesday night on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.”

The Chapel Hill native, known for her popularity on social media because of her singing, was eliminated in the quarterfinals on the live show at Radio City Music Hall in New York.

Clendening, 21, had been praised by judges for her courage to take the stage despite an anxiety disorder that has plagued her since she was diagnosed at 14. She was also praised for her voice.

In her first appearance on the show, she received a standing ovation from hundreds of fans and a hug from judge Howie Mandel. Clendening has said that Mandel has been her biggest inspiration since being on the show.

Clendening sang Christina Perri’s “Human” on Tuesday before being eliminated.

She issued a statement on her Twitter account Wednesday night.

“A weight has been lifted from my chest. I’d rather be eliminated because of lack of talent than progress due to a ‘sob story,’” she wrote. “Anxiety and depression are not something to be exploited but understood. I hope I shed some light and touched some hearts this year on America’s Got Talent. Thank you so much America for helping me grow as a singer and as a person.”

Clendening said in a past interview that if she were to lose, she would keep singing and keep moving forward.