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‘America’s Got Talent’ Finalist Off Garth Brooks Bill After Domestic Abuse Arrest

Michael Ketterer was originally invited to perform a song Brooks had written for him at October 20th Notre Dame show

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Garth Brooks has disinvited 'America's Got Talent' finalist Michael Ketterer from performing at Brooks' Notre Dame concert, following Ketterer's arrest for domestic violence.

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Garth Brooks has disinvited America’s Got Talent finalist Michael Ketterer from appearing at his October concert at Notre Dame Stadium in Indiana following the arrest of the aspiring singer for domestic violence. Ketterer performed a song that Brooks had written especially for him during the September 19th finale of America’s Got Talent and was asked by Brooks to sing at his Notre Dame engagement.

“We’re going to suit you up with a band. We’re going to put you out in front of 85,000 of the sweetest people you’ve ever played for before, and they’re going to be pulling for you like no other,” Brooks told Ketterer at the time.

However, Brooks informed fans during his Monday night Inside Studio G Facebook Live broadcast that Ketterer would not be appearing. Ketterer was arrested the day after the reality series’ finale following an altercation with his wife in their Los Angeles hotel room.

“Let’s address the Michael Ketterer situation. I called him this weekend. We talked, and we decided that it was better that he not appear at Notre Dame and perform there. That family, they will figure it out and they will find it within themselves,” Brooks said. “But Michael Ketterer will not be at Notre Dame.”

At the request of America’s Got Talent judge Simon Cowell, Brooks had written “The Courage to Love” for Ketterer to perform during the Season 13 finale. Magician Shin Lim was ultimately crowned the winner.

Brooks is set to become the first musician to perform at Notre Dame’s iconic college football stadium on October 20th.

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