'I'm just so shook right now!': Shocking cuts on first live results show of 'American Idol' Season 21 (2023)

'I'm just so shook right now!': Shocking cuts on first live results show of 'American Idol' Season 21 (1)

Sunday, on the first live combination competitive/results show of American Idol Season 21, ABC threw what host-with-the-most Ryan Seacrest called a big “three-hour party” on the show’s big, shiny new set. But by the end of the third hour — once Ryan had summoned one semifinalist after another to perform, as the top 26 were whittled down to the top 20 — the party was over for six sidelined singers. Those eliminees included two of my personal favorites, plus two that I was certain would be among America’s favorites.

One of those two upsets was theater diva extraordinaire Emma Busse. Last week, Emma delivered a master-class Sam Smith cover that had judge Katy Perry raving about her ability to sing “all those hidden colors between all those colors of rainbow, those notes we don’t even know exist” and had Lionel Richie gasping, “I was trying to imagine, how did you manage to pull that phrase off with human vocal cords? How did you put those two notes together and make a run out of this?” Apparently America’s non-expert voters did not fully comprehend or appreciate Emma’s technical skills, because she definitely deserved to move forward.

'I'm just so shook right now!': Shocking cuts on first live results show of 'American Idol' Season 21 (2)

Sunday’s other shocking reject was Elijah McCormick, who was not only a Platinum Ticket holder, but the only Platinum Ticket contestant that had actually been picked by America in the first place, via a fan vote conducted during the recent American Music Awards. Elijah’s backstory of surviving a serious car crash and his triumphant attitude after overcoming that adversity also seemed to resonate with viewers. I suspect his downfall was twofold. He performed first, in what old-school Idol viewers have long called the “death spot,” during the top 26 round. And he also sang a light and frothy throwaway tune, Chris Janson’s “Good Vibes,” that seemed chosen more to please last week’s daiquiri-sipping live audience in Hawaii than to impress landlocked viewers with his actual vocal ability.

Among the other four eliminated contestants who didn’t get to sing Sunday was another under-appreciated vocal technician, Elise Kristine (who also performed in the disadvantaged first slot on her top 26 episode), and three of this season’s biggest risk-taking mavericks — Malik Heard, Dawson Wayne, and PJAE — who all rolled the dice last week with their daring respective Paramore, Billie Eilish, and Jill Scott covers. I had feared, and grudgingly predicted, that Malik and Dawson would not advance, but had hoped I was wrong and that America would give them a shot. Without those two, as well as vivacious showman PJAE and the aforementioned stunner Emma, Season 21 won’t be nearly as exciting as it could have been.

'I'm just so shook right now!': Shocking cuts on first live results show of 'American Idol' Season 21 (3)

It should be noted that PJAE and Malik were the two contestants who inspired the judges to make the semifinals a super-sized top 26 this year instead of the usual top 24, after their Final Judgment sing-off resulted in a tie. Another interesting observation: With Elijah exiting the competition, Tyson Venegas is now the only surviving Platinum Ticket contestant in the just-announced top 20 (Kaylin Hedges plateaued during Hollywood Week, and seeming frontrunner Cam Amen was shockingly sent home during the Showstoppers week). And judging by Tyson’s Season 21 inconsistent track record so far — and this week’s pitchy performance — it’s unlikely that he’ll make it all the way to the finale like last year’s Platinum darling, Huntergirl.

Thankfully, some of the top 20 surviving performers did live up to their early promise Sunday. But on what will surely be an even more brutal episode, on Monday, eight more of these contestants will go home after Sunday’s overnight vote. So, let’s assess the top 20 performances, and then make some (grudging) predictions for the top 12.

'I'm just so shook right now!': Shocking cuts on first live results show of 'American Idol' Season 21 (4)

(Video) 'I'm just so shook right now!': Shocking cuts on first live results show of 'American Idol' Season..

Zachariah Smith, “I Want to Know What Love Is”

Considering that theatrical performers like Emma, Dawson, PJAE, and Malik all went home in one fell swoop this week, I was worried that Zach, the showiest of Season 21’s showboaters, would be polarizing. The judges called him “crazy” last week, after all. But it turned out that America is just crazy for this big kid. I did miss his kooky, ritzy-glitzy persona this week — as did Katy — but I understood why Zachariah wanted to dedicate a more serious song to his small town of Amory, Miss., which is rallying around him and in need of a morale boost after recently being hit by a devastating tornado. Plus, Foreigner's nostalgic power ballad showcased Zachariah’s often-overlooked big pipes, and it’s the sort of schmaltzy song that mainstream viewers of a certain age tend to love. I do hope we get another big Zach attack next week, though, because we all know this guy ain’t going nowhere: The judges even predicted he’ll make the top 10.

Matt Wilson, “Say You Won’t Let Go”

Romantic wedding/prom songs are Matt’s stock-in-trade, so this James Arthur weeper was a smart choice. But this week, Matt seemed more like a full-fledged pop star, not just a nice wedding singer. Katy loved the rapidly blossoming heartthrob’s “effervescent and contagious joy” and how he “flowingly” utilized the set’s potentially intimidating big new stage. And Lionel told Matt, “What you gave us this time was some attitude! … Enjoy this ride, my friend.”

Nailyah Serenity, “Baby Love”

I was worried that this dynamite diva would be an underdog due to her relative lack of screentime this season, so I was pleased that she made enough of an impression, burning up the screen every time she had the chance, to scrape through to the top 20. She certainly burned up the stage tonight, bringing that Tina Turner/Nikka Costa rock ‘n’ soul energy and what Katy called “full stankface” on this 1977 Mother’s Finest barnstormer. Katy told her, “You are an artist through and through, and that’s what’s going to separate you.” Luke joked to Nailyah, a horoscope expert, “I’m no astrologer, but I can spot a star when I see one!” And Lionel warned that the next contestant (spoiler alert: Warren Peay) should be “afraid” to follow Nailyah’s tour de force. That poor dude.

Warren Peay, “Up There Down Here”

Warren is not a performer at Nailyah’s level — yet — but on what Luke called a “world-class song choice” by Zach Williams, while rocking a relatively glamorous fluffy beard blowout, he did seem transformed. He roused the crowd during that clap-along coda, and brought all the Skynyrd/Band/Allmans vibes. He also further connected with America by sharing his past struggles with alcoholism. “I love that you’re authentic, and it’s so great to hear more of your story. … Thanks for being vulnerable,” Katy said warmly. Lionel praised Warren for realizing, “If you just let go and let God, everything else fall into place; it’s so beautiful that God led you here to us.” And Luke seemed certain that Warren was on the right path, merely advising him, “Just stay you, and America will speak.”

Kaeyra, “Bruises”

I was also worried that America would not quite get this power-belting pop-rock princess, so I was again pleased to see another diva make the grade. I guess I underestimated America’s appreciation for women with big voices and big personalities — and I wasn’t totally wrong, as evidenced by Emma’s shocking elimination. But I suspect Nailyah, Kaeyra, and (here’s another spoiler) Mariah Faith siphoned off Emma’s votes. Anyway, the judges loved Kaeyra’s surprise factor tonight on this fierce and fiery piano version of Lewis Capaldi’s breakup ballad. Katy said Kaeyra’s “A+” performance “just smacked me across the face,” and Luke called it “really, really powerful,” “really, really professional,” and “a breakout moment in the making.”

Mariah Faith, “Cry to Me”

More girl power! This season’s bellbottomed “soulful country singer” transcended the old-fashioned Solomon Burke blues number to deliver a bold, fresh powerhouse performance that Katy called “a little honky-tonk, kind of a country party,” but also “a little bit Bonnie Raitt.” Lionel raved, “Old song, new-school presentation — I’m loving it!” I do agree with Katy that Mariah should mix it up and “strike a balance going forward” with some more “heartstring-tugging” serious performances, but this was a fun way for Mariah to come bursting out of the gate.

(Video) Kenedi Anderson WITHDRAWS FROM AMERICAN IDOL After Stunning Performance!

Iam Tongi, “The Winner Takes It All”

I did not expect a radical remake of a strident ABBA song from this gentle, soft-spoken island troubadour — but man, this totally worked. He made it his own, and it was magical, perfectly poignant. Iam really could be the winner that takes it all this season. “This is called The Iam Tongi Show now. … Watching you become a star feels like watching a Disney movie,” gushed Katy. “God gave you the magic, buddy,” said Luke. The usually loquacious and vivacious Lionel was just stunned into silence — but that silence spoke volumes.

Haven Madison, “Mean Girls”

This was definitely a more mature and polished performance than last week’s actress-y, cutesy effort. “You already had stardust, but now it’s more refined sparkle,” Katy told Haven. Haven should obviously stick to ballads. But on an evening when several other contestants performed strong, memorable originals, I really wish Haven would have done that too — because that’s when she really excels. Katy said this Leanna Crawford cover sounded like something Haven could have written herself, but the song was still too big for this young girl. It got away from her at the end, and Haven was practically shouting the entire last chorus. The effect was unpleasant. But the judges didn’t seem to notice — or maybe this performance just sounded different in that big, cavernous new theater.

Oliver Steele, “Too Soon”

Oliver performed his first original of the season, and it was strong. This guy’s got the goods. “I don’t know why you didn’t show that earlier, but I think you’re growing. It showed off the artist that you are,” said an impressed Katy. “Way to stand up there… and create the mood with an original song. Ten out of 10,” said Luke. “Your talent is on fire!” declared Lionel. Olivier was feeling guilty competing on the show while his father (who was recently hospitalized) is ill at home, but all three judges assured Oliver that he did his dad proud and all the sacrifice would be worth it.

Lucy Love, “Boulders”

I also didn’t know Lucy was a songwriter — and a really good one! Her heartbreaking original, about “addiction and poverty and all of the heavy things, the trials and tribulations,” seemed readymade to be her coronation single. Performed at the studio where I Love Lucy was once filmed, Lucy Love made all of America fall in love with her. “You captured my heart tonight. You can feel your story in that song. Way to show up tonight. That was tremendous,” proclaimed Luke. “You’re the survivor of your story, and you’re not going to just survive your story; you’re gonna thrive,” said Katy.

Hannah Nicolaisen, “Somebody to Love”

I didn’t expect Queen from this pop-rock queen, but Hannah’s such a natural, she even made doing Freddie Mercury look and sound easy. Lionel was impressed by this former competitive volleyball player’s get-in-the-zone athlete’s mentality, and Katy praised this “tomboy who turned into a full-fledged Jennifer Lawrence” for “reminding me that this is your path.” Luke said, “Good for you for branching out there and taking a swing. … Way to really show us another dynamic that you have.”

(Video) Top 20 Most VIRAL Auditions on American Idol 2023!

Olivia Solí, “I Surrender”

Olivia was another old-fashioned balladeer that I thought might slip through the voting cracks, like Emma and Elise, and apparently Katy was concerned about that too, because after Olivia performed Sunday, she signed with relief, “I’m so glad America got this right!” This week, Olivia fought hard to stay in the game. “To have that much power behind you and your voice is sitting on top of that is incredible. You should pat yourself on the back,” said Lionel. “That’s twice you’ve done Celine and brought the house down. You’re just challenging yourself to soar beyond the clouds,” laughed Luke. And Katy added, “You should just sing Celine Dion songs all the time — keep playing the power card!” Perhaps that’s not bad advice.

Marybeth Byrd, “People Pleaser”

I haven’t been the biggest Byrd fan this season, but Marybeth unexpectedly impressed me with her own original this week; I didn’t realize she had that talent, either. This was the first time that I saw Marybeth as a true artist, not just some perky pageant queen. “I don’t know what you said to yourself in the mirror between Hawaii and now, but it worked. … That was so well-written. You finally showed me who Marybeth Byrd is,” said Katy. Lionel called this performance “superstar material,” and Luke gasped, “I did not see that coming down the track. It was a big, big moment for you.”

Michael Williams, “Lose You to Love Me”

This guy’s excessive breathiness is just so distracting to me. Katy just seemed distracted by Michael’s new unflattering hairdo, so much so that she barely said a word about his actual Selena Gomez cover — which was telling. Katy talked so much about this supposed heartthrob’s hair, in fact, that the panel ran out of time to critique his performance, although Luke did claim that Michael “crushed it.” I personally think there are singers that should have taken Michael’s spot in the top 20. We’ll see if his controversial makeover has a Samson-like effect on his top 12 chances.

Paige Anne, “Say Something”

Paige was invited back to the top 26 as a last-minute alternate after Malcolm McDowell’s son, Beckett Rex, mysteriously dropped out. Since then, she’s been working hard to prove she deserves this second chance, and this week, she effectively silenced all doubters with her torchy tour de force. “Congratulations — you earned it. You persevered, and you’re here. Enjoy it,” said Luke. “This is not a consolation prize; this is God’s plan for you,” assured Lionel. “We got it wrong, but guess what? Jesus took the wheel,” Katy admitted of the judges’ initial decision to send Paige home — even going so far as to declare Paige nne, the youngest remaining contestant, the best vocalist of her age group.

Nutsa, “Un-Break My Heart”

I predicted that Nutsa, despite having so much talent, would go home because America would think she’s, well, too much. But she survived, and this week she heeded Katy’s advice to tone down her trademark Vegas-style razzle-dazzle. I think she over-course-corrected and was a tad snoozy doing this ‘90s Toni Braxton ballad in a column gown (we have a lot of old-fashioned circa-Season 2-style balladeers this year), but the judges all loved Nutsa’s less nutty side. “When I said ‘no glitter,’ what I meant was exactly what you gave tonight — it was sophisticated. You don’t have to do it all. … You can hold the room by just being your powerful Nutsa self,” Katy insisted. “You are the hardest-working person I have ever met on this show. … You are a force to be reckoned with,” said Lionel.

Tyson Venegas, “180”

I liked Tyson's spunky, spritely piano original — it was very Billy Joel, with a dash of Charlie Puth — and Lionel, a man who knows a thing or two about songcraft, called it “a damn good song.” Katy was also impressed, excitedly telling Tyson, “Oh my God, I know who you are now! … I know what you stand for, I know what your values are, I know where your heart is, and therefore I can fall deeper in love with you. … You’re on your way to being an artist.” I don’t, however, think Tyson is on his way to being a great singer, because he hit a few painfully sharp, wonky notes during this performance. “180” is a solid song, but in the future, Tyson should try to write tunes that fit more comfortably with his range.

(Video) Gabriella Laberge: Simon Almost Hits His RED Buzzer But THEN She Does THIS...

Megan Danielle, “Holy Water”

Megan has struggled with confidence all season, somehow not realizing how talented she is, no matter how many times the panel heaps her with praise. This week, she finally seemed to believe it, giving her most self-assured and eyes-wide-open performance yet. The judges — especially her biggest supporter, Luke — were thrilled. “That was the best performance I’ve seen you do this season. What is so special about you is nobody sounds anything like you. You are in your own lane,” said Luke. “There’s a confidence that’s just settled in you. … You are good enough. You’ve always been good enough,” declared Katy.

Colin Stough, “Pretty Heart”

Colin is far behind not just many of the top 20, but all six singers who were eliminated Sunday. I think even he would admit this, readily and humbly. But he will probably go far based on his likability alone, and if he goes far enough, he might have the time to, as Lionel put it, “just keep growing” and catch up. Katy urged him to “push yourself vocally and give us a few more notes, because I know you have them into you. … It’s time to shine, because we are on the American Idol top 20 stage.” Luke saw glimmers of growth from Colin this week, but felt frustrated, telling the young and green singer, “For one second you turned on a little more grit and charm, but then you climbed back inside of yourself. You have to give it to us all of the time.” In older, classic Idol seasons when only one contestant was eliminated each week — as opposed to six or eight at a time — Colin would gradually improve and eventually become, as they say in the biz, “top 10 material.” Hopefully he’ll be able take the judges’ comments to heart and be a very fast learner.

Wé Ani, “Skyfall”

The night ended with Wé awaiting her fate alongside her above-mentioned fellow group two contestants, Elijah, Dawson, and Malik. And while Katy looked shocked and said, “I'm just so shook right now!” when Ryan called Wé’s name, I would have been shocked and shook if this petite dynamo hadn’t made the top 20. Wé certainly closed the show in save-the-best-for-last style, delivering an Oscar-worthy rendition of Adele’s bombastic Bond theme. Katy didn’t seem too upset by this result, once Wé was done thoroughly chewing up the new Idol set’s scenery. “There’s so much drama going through my body right now, I need a nap,” Katy quipped. “You’re deserving. … You crush it every night,” Luke told Wé. “I love you. You completely destroyed me when you showed up onstage with a voice that big. The amount of talent you have is undeniable. I’m so happy to have you on this show,” Lionel gushed.

So now, it is time for those dreaded predictions. On Monday, eight contestants — yes, eight, already! — will go home. Ten singers will automatically advance via the public vote, while the remaining 10 will compete for two wild-card spots in the top 12, determined by the judges. With almost half of this batch getting cut, almost anything could happen, Monday. But for various reasons — ranging from running order to song selection to a previous lack of screentime, to of course, imperfect performances — I think Nailyah, Kaeyra, Haven, Olivia, Michael, Tyson, and Colin should definitely have their “save me” songs ready to go. See you then.

Read more from Yahoo Entertainment:

  • Like 'Clockwork': Legendary British actor's son mysteriously vanishes from 'American Idol,' in third resignation of Season 21

  • Who's that girl? '80s new wave legend's daughter tries out for 'American Idol.'

  • 'American Idol' announces shocking, unprecedented Final Judgment: 'We literally made this decision two minutes ago'

  • Young mother Sara Beth quits 'American Idol' following Katy Perry's 'embarrassing' and 'hurtful' 'mom-shaming' remark

  • 20 years after 'American Idol' launch, Randy Jackson says singing shows are 'too nice': 'There's very little truth being told'

(Video) Christian Singer Megan Danielle Gets The SURPRISE Of A Lifetime - American Idol 2023


Why did the girl withdraw from American Idol? ›

Despite her success, Anderson left the competition in April 2022 due to “personal reasons.” She made it to the top 24 before dropping out. The decision was announced by host Ryan Seacrest during the show but Anderson also announced it on her Instagram.

What happened to just Sam from American Idol? ›

Just Sam: From American Idol Winner to Working at Starbucks.

What is Noah Thompson doing now? ›

After winning over runner-up HunterGirl, Thompson received a $250,000 prize and a record deal with Hollywood Records. The singer currently shares singing videos on his TikTok and Instagram accounts.

Where is Kenedi Anderson now? ›

Former American Idol singer Kenedi Anderson, who left the show in between, is now a graduate student. The platinum ticket holder recently graduated from Western Albermarle High School two months after quitting the ABC show.

Was someone disqualified from American Idol? ›

Delano Cagnolatti, a contestant who successfully made it through to the semi-finals, later revealed that he lied about his age to escape the cutoff date set in the rules. He was quickly disqualified and replaced by Ejay Day, thus becoming the first American Idol contestant to be disqualified.

Why did the guy from American Idol go to jail? ›

Caleb Kennedy was charged with driving under the influence after a deadly crash in Spartanburg. He was released from jail on a $50,000 bond.

Are HunterGirl and Noah dating? ›

The answer is no, HunterGirl and Noah Thompson are not dating after American Idol Season 20. Thompson addressed the rumors in an interview with Taste of Country In August 2022.

Who is the most successful American Idol winner ever? ›

1. Carrie Underwood. Carrie Underwood earned the title of "American Idol" during season four of the show. The win launched her country-pop career and has made her one of the richest country music stars.

What's HunterGirl doing now? ›

I've grown so much as a person,” she said. “I am blessed that I got to have this crazy experience with people that I love and care about.” Since leaving the show, HunterGirl continues to perform live, according to her Instagram acccount, and even opened at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.

Why did Kenedi Anderson leave the show? ›

“Since we taped these shows in Hawaii earlier, Kenedi has decided to withdraw from our show for personal reasons. “We send her well wishes, and needless to say, we have incredible talent on this historic season, with more iconic 'Idol' performances coming up for you right now,” he added.

Why did the girl leave American Idol 2023? ›

Sara Beth Liebe drops out of 'American Idol' 2023. Before the performance, Liebe indicated to producers that she had been struggling with navigating the “Idol” competition while being away from her family.

Do American Idol contestants get paid? ›

American Idol contestants reportedly make $1,303 for 1 hour shows, $1,571 for 2 hour shows, plus the cost of meals during the shows. And yes, the American Idol contestants even make money during the half-hour results shows — $910 per each half-hour results episode to be exact. What about their outfits?

Which girl on American Idol was homeless? ›

One of those singers was Lady K, who opened up about the difficulties she and her family have faced, including a period of homelessness. "There was a time where my family and I ended up living in a shelter," said the 25-year-old from Tuskegee, Alabama. "I'm the oldest so I instantly wanted to step up and to help out."

Was there an autistic contestant on American Idol? ›

'American Idol': Sam Finelli, a Contestant With Autism, Wows Judges With Kacey Musgraves' Performance.

Do American Idol contestants pay their own way to Hollywood? ›

Who pays for American Idol contestants to go to Hollywood? American Idol does cover travel and housing expenses for those who go to Hollywood, which is the Top 20. They receive a small budget for other expenses, as well as money for fashion so they can pick out outfits when they perform on stage.

Who is the most famous non winner of American Idol? ›

1. Jennifer Hudson — Unbelievably, Jennifer Hudson came in 7th place on Season 3 of “American Idol.” Like Adam Lambert, Hudson has had much more success than the season's winner, Fantasia Barrino. Two years after “American Idol,” Hudson started an acting career and has had parts in over a dozen films.

Which American Idol got in trouble? ›

Laine Hardy appears to be getting a fresh start after battling some legal troubles in the spring of 2022. At the time, he was arrested and accused of planting a listening device in his ex-girlfriend's dorm room. The American Idol winner was then released from jail on the evening of April 29.

What celebrity was turned down from American Idol? ›

Maren Morris, Luke Combs and Tori Kelly are among the stars who've been turned down by singing competition shows before their big breaks. Morris shared a picture of her American Idol audition ticket from 2007 via Instagram in July 2022.

Who was from American Idol and killed in a car accident? ›

Willie Spence, the "American Idol" season 19 second-place finalist, has died in a car crash in Tennessee. He was 23 years old. CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.

How much does Katy Perry get paid for American Idol? ›

How much do American Idol judges get paid? According to Celebrity Net Worth, Katy Perry is the highest paid judge on American Idol, receiving $25 million. Luke Bryan takes home $12 million for his role, whilst Lionel Ritchie earns $10 million.

Who is Noah dating right now? ›

Noah is dating model and lip kit queen Kylie Jenner's best friend Stassie Karanikolaou, 25. The couple have kept their relationship off of social media since they began dating, but they were papped kissing, holding hands and looking very close at Kylie and their pals' Halloween party last year.

Is Millie in love with Noah? ›

The costars are just friends and purely platonic! In fact, Millie is currently dating someone else, Jake Bongiovi, and Noah is their self-proclaimed third wheel, even attending a Harry Styles concert together with them in June 2022 and shared the experience on Instagram.

Who is the most successful male singer to be on American Idol? ›

Ruben Studdard

Nicknamed Velvet Teddy Bear for his velvety voice and approachable appearance, Ruben Studdard shot to fame after winning American Idol season two. What is this? The song he sang during the third round of the contest, “Superstar,” gained him a Grammy nomination for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance.

Who is the least successful American Idol winner? ›

5 'American Idol' winners with fewest record sales
  • Taylor Hicks (season five - 2006) Post-“American Idol” debut album sales: 705,000. ...
  • Kris Allen (season eight - 2009) Post-“American Idol” debut album sales: 346,000. ...
  • Lee DeWyze (season nine - 2010) ...
  • Candice Glover (season 12 - 2013) ...
  • Caleb Johnson (season 13 - 2014)
May 11, 2015

How much does it cost to tryout for American Idol? ›

It's free to audition for American Idol, but you have to cover your travel and accommodations. The show will not compensate or arrange travel for people auditioning, even callbacks. You can sing any song you want. Whether it's an original song or a greatest hit, it's your choice what you sing for the judges.

Will HunterGirl get signed? ›

American Idol Season 20 runner-up, HunterGirl, has signed a record deal with 19 Recordings/BMG. HunterGirl will release her debut single on the label, “Hometown Out Of Me,” this Friday (Oct. 21).

Who raised Noah Thompson? ›

My Grandma basically raised me, my parents had divorced, and my dad just felt that it was better for me to be with my grandma,” Thompson revealed. His grandmother had the opportunity to visit Thompson in California and was thrilled over the chance to visit the area for the first time ever.

What is Leah Marlene's story? ›

Leah grew up in a house full of music and guitars as her father, Derry Grehan, is a songwriter and lead guitarist with the Canadian band, Honeymoon Suite. He passed along his knowledge and passion for writing and performing. Leah began singing and writing her own songs at a very young age and never looked back!

What did Willie Spence pass away from? ›

Which American Idol left the show? ›

More recently, standout Kenedi Anderson, who judge Luke Bryan dubbed “the biggest star we've ever seen” during a March 2022 episode, removed herself from the show early. “For personal reasons, I'm unable to continue on American Idol.

Who backed out of American Idol 2023? ›

Who dropped out of 'American Idol' 2023? According to E! Online, the contestant was 19-year-old singer Beckett Rex.

Why did Kaya Stewart leave Idol? ›

Kaya Stewart left the competition after getting sick during Hollywood week in which contestants vie for the chance to appear on the live shows. The 22-year-old singer broke the news as she was supposed to duet with another contestant, Fire. “I have been trying to push myself and keep going,” Stewart told the judges.

Who was the mom that quit American Idol? ›

Roseville mom of 3 quits American Idol. ROSEVILLE, Calif. — A Roseville mom of three who made it past the audition stage left American Idol during Hollywood Week. Sara Beth Liebe posted a statement over an emotional video taken after her audition where she can be heard saying, "I got three standing ovations.

Where do American Idol contestants stay? ›

In earlier years the contestants were put up in a mansion in the Hollywood Hills because the surroundings made for a great setting for the often aired clips of the contestants at “home”. More recently, the contestants have lived in various apartments, usually with a roommate.

Do American Idol contestants get free clothes? ›

You get a clothing allowance, too.

The show provides a weekly fashion budget of $450 for each contestant, and you can work with the show's stylist to figure out the best outfit for that week's performance.

How much does Ryan Seacrest get paid on American Idol? ›

After ABC bought American Idol from its original broadcaster Fox in 2018, Ryan's salary is now reportedly around $12 million per season.

What is the salary of the judges on American Idol? ›

How much does an American Idol Judge make? The average American Idol Judge in the US makes $1,428,350. American Idol Judges make the most in San Francisco, CA at $2,154,319, averaging total compensation 51% greater than the US average.

Why did one of the contestants on American Idol pull out? ›

“You might have noticed that there was no voting information during Kenedi's performance just now,” he said, according to Deadline. “Since we taped these shows in Hawaii earlier, Kenedi has decided to withdraw from our show for personal reasons.

What happened to the Miss America girl on American Idol? ›

Prior to her Miss Georgia and Miss America wins, Maxwell was crowned Miss Warner Robins in 2015 and now resides in Nashville, Tenn. as a musician. Maxwell's previous television appearances include the Country Music Association Awards, American Music Awards and The Billboard Music Awards.

What happened to American Idol girl who fainted? ›

A title card explained that she “was treated for dehydration and released from the hospital”. Richie decided to let both the singers through to the next round of the competition. Felton said: “It's absolutely amazing news. I can't say that I'm happy in this moment, I'm worried about her health more than anything.

Will HunterGirl get a record deal? ›

American Idol Season 20 runner-up, HunterGirl, has signed a record deal with 19 Recordings/BMG. HunterGirl will release her debut single on the label, “Hometown Out Of Me,” this Friday (Oct. 21).

At what point do the American Idol contestants start getting paid? ›

They get the first part when the winners sign their contract, with the remaining 125,000 dollars being deposited to their accounts when they finish their albums.

Did the pregnant girl go through on American Idol? ›

In October, Iowa singer Haley Slaton, then more than five months pregnant, auditioned before celebrity judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie in Austin, Texas for season 20 of the show. At the tryouts, she met and fell for a fellow contestant, Jordan Myles. Just two months later, the couple tied the knot.

Who is the quirky American Idol girl? ›

Leah Marlene was an early fan favorite from last season of “American Idol.” The quirky singer impressed judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan with her charming character and even more so with her “tremendous” voice.

Why was Betty Maxwell eliminated from American Idol? ›

Lamenting her loss, the former Miss Georgia winner said she was told that her voice “sounded too Broadway” and wasn't quite what the judges were looking for at this stage of the competition.

What was Willie Spence in the hospital for? ›

A year or so before his Idol audition, Willie admitted himself to the hospital after experiencing pain in his chest. The doctors found fluid in Willie's lungs. During the clip, a photo of Willie in his hospital bed wearing an oxygen mask flashed on the screen.

Where is Willie Spence buried? ›

See more Spence memorials in:

Royal Palm Memorial Gardens.

What is Chayce Beckham doing now? ›

Chayce Beckham spent 2022 touring in support of country superstars Jimmie Allen and Luke Combs. Although he has yet to announce his next round of touring plans, he does have a number of dates on the books already, which will feature performances from his growing stack of music.

What was the tragedy on American Idol? ›

Rickey Smith

The season 2 finalist was killed in a May 2016 car accident. He was 36. TMZ reported at the time that Smith was driving on the highway in Oklahoma City when another car caused a head-on collision.

What singer fainted on Idols? ›

Noah Cookson, 19, was being filmed for Tuesday night's episode of the talent contest when he fainted, after he received negative feedback from judges Kyle Sandilands, Amy Shark, Harry Connick Jr.


1. Katy Perry BREAKS DOWN in OUTRAGE After School Shooting Story!
(Talent Recap)
2. 15-Year-Old Ryley Tate Wilson Stuns Coaches with "Dancing On My Own" | The Voice Blind Auditions
(The Voice)
3. UNEXPECTED Voices! When They Don't Look How They Sound!
(Top 10 Talent)
4. 5 America's Got Talent Contestants Who Tragically Passed Away...What Happened?
(Talent Recap)
5. Normandy's VOICE SHOCKS The Judges During Her Idol Audition
(Talent Recap)
6. When Judges Make Kids CRY On Live TV Talent Shows! 😢
(Talent Recap)
Top Articles
Latest Posts
Article information

Author: Pres. Lawanda Wiegand

Last Updated: 17/03/2023

Views: 5687

Rating: 4 / 5 (71 voted)

Reviews: 86% of readers found this page helpful

Author information

Name: Pres. Lawanda Wiegand

Birthday: 1993-01-10

Address: Suite 391 6963 Ullrich Shore, Bellefort, WI 01350-7893

Phone: +6806610432415

Job: Dynamic Manufacturing Assistant

Hobby: amateur radio, Taekwondo, Wood carving, Parkour, Skateboarding, Running, Rafting

Introduction: My name is Pres. Lawanda Wiegand, I am a inquisitive, helpful, glamorous, cheerful, open, clever, innocent person who loves writing and wants to share my knowledge and understanding with you.