This contest is not Leah Marlene, a Toronto native who moved to Normal, Illinois when she was young. She’s definitely NOT normal – “dumb and goofy,” as she puts it. However, Leah impresses the judges.
According to her bio, she grew up in a house full of music. Her father is a songwriter and lead guitarist for the Canadian band Honeymoon Suite. Leah has been performing since she was 10 and spent 2 years in Nashville where she studied music at Belmont University.
She gets to sing 2 songs for the jury, including One Direction’s “Steal My Girl”.
Christian Guardino is a New Yorker who made it to the semifinals of another talent show when he was 16 years old. He also won the grand prize at the 2014 Amateur Night at The Apollo Stars of Tomorrow at the Apollo Theater.
He’s a few years older now. Here’s his 2020 rendition of Chris Stapleton’s Tennessee Whiskey.
Isaiah Jayy is an R&B singer-songwriter, dancer, was born and raised in South Central LA. Isaiah says he started singing in church when he was 7 years old. His grandfather is the lead singer of the gospel group Mighty Cloud of Joy. Isaiah says the journey hasn’t always been smooth sailing, but he’s found his voice.
A native of Virginia, Kenedi Anderson is trying to make a splash at the Los Angeles casting calls, and he’s been seen waving that coveted platinum ticket in at least one promo. Does she really understand? We know from a video on a certain entertainment news site that she leaves Katy speechless with her performance.
You’ll have to pay attention to find out, but she has a remarkable voice.
Kenedi’s cover of Ariana Grande’s POV can be seen on tick tock but also check out the song she wrote after she turned 17:
I don’t think Miss America has ever auditioned for American Idol until now. Betty Cantrell of Warner Robins, Georgia won the 2016 Miss America crown. She won the talent competition as an opera singer!
She has since married and now goes by the name Betty Maxwell. She pursued a country music career in Nashville for a number of years but has since relocated to Florida. Betty also has a huge following tick tock where she not only sings, but makes impressions.
Luke Taylor is another candidate with a huge tick tock following (nearly 2 million!). The 24-year-old from Thornburg, Delaware County and a Liberty University student has a remarkably deep voice. Check out his cover of Johnny Cash’s Ring of Fire.
Lady K from Alabama, also known as Kezia Istonia, has been making music since she was 8 years old. At 25 she has already released 4 solo albums but dreams of becoming the next idol.
Born in Hollywood Kurti’s bell grew up in Texas and Louisiana, where he says local musical influences inspired him to become a performer. He taught himself to play the piano by the age of 10 and later taught himself to play the guitar. Kurtis says he likes to bring back the sound of yesteryear with a new flair!
Tune in to the season premiere of American Idol beginning Sunday, February 27 at 8pm ET/PT at 7pm CT on your local ABC station and the next day on Hulu.
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