Ellen: The Voice Jamar Rogers On Meth Addiction & HIV Stigma

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Ellen: Jamar Rogers The Voice

It’s been a season of shock and surprise for fans of reality music competitions. Ellen DeGeneres has recently talked to Colton Dixon and Elise Testone about their American Idol elimination upsets this season.

Now she’s chatting with an eliminated contestant from The Voice, Jamar Rogers, and he was just excited to be on her show. Ellen posed her big reality contestant question of the year: “How did this happen?”

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Ellen: Jamar Rogers The Voice

From The Voice, eliminated contestant Jamar Rogers reflected on his personal journey & future goals. (Image Credit: Joe Seer / Shutterstock.com)

Jamar seemed to take it in stride. “I’m a firm believer in everything happening for a reason. I think that my purpose on this show was so much bigger than just furthering the name of Jamar Rogers,” he said.

Beyond his personal career, he was glad to inspire people that they can take advantage of second chances in life. He said he’s looking forward to community work and activism now that he has more free time.

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Ellen: The Voice Jamar Rogers HIV Positive

Ellen praised his attitude and said “you just light up the stage with your smile.” He told Ellen it’s been seven years since he quit his addiction to crystal meth. He is also open about his HIV positive status.

“It could have really been the end of me…. But I never wanted to live more than ever after I found out,” he said. Now Jamar focuses on giving back through charity work, and shedding the stigmas and prejudices associated with HIV.

Ellen: The Voice Jamar Rogers Crystal Meth Addiction Recovery

He realizes that there are parts of his story that aren’t necessarily relatable, but everyone can look back on bad decisions or past regrets that follow them through life.

“Your past doesn’t dictate your future, and you don’t have to be ashamed. You can come out of the shadows,” he said. “That was yesterday. We don’t have time to focus on yesterday. We have a tomorrow that’s waiting for us.”

Jamar Rogers also thanked role models like Ellen DeGeneres and Cee Lo Green for setting positive examples for other people and giving them hope and happiness through their work. They shared a heartfelt hug before Jamar’s performance.

Ellen: Jamar Rogers “It’s My Life” Performance

Jamar Rogers gave an encore performance of his rendition of the hit song “It’s My Life” by Bon Jovi.

The final remaining contestants will face off on the season finale of The Voice, Monday May 7 2012 and Tuesday May 8 2012 on NBC.

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