Kenedi Anderson, one of the three american idol The Season 20 platinum ticket winner and former favorite to win the competition broke the hearts of the judges when he left the show before the top 24 contestants were revealed. When Kenedi auditioned for american idol, she was only 17 years old, but she wowed judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan with her impressive voice. His performances of songs such as Lady Gaga’s “Applause” and Christina Perri’s “Human” were among the most compelling in the contest. However, Kenedi decided that leaving the show was the best option for her.
In a statement posted on Instagram and Twitter, Kenedi explained that he had withdrawn from the american idol competition due to “personal reasons.” He said it was one of the hardest decisions he had ever had to make, but he knew it was “necessary.” Kenedi thanked everyone involved in the program for the “Incredible opportunity.” Host Ryan Seacrest addressed Kenedi’s departure from the show in a taped segment, but the judges did not get a chance to share their feelings about Kenedi’s departure from the air.
In an interview with USA Today for american idol Celebrating the 20th anniversary, Lionel, Katy, and Luke expressed their sadness at losing Kenedi in the competition, but remained optimistic about the future of the season. Lionel shared, “We were heartbroken” and added that Kenedi’s potential was “amazing.” However, he also said that he understands that sometimes the pressure of the show can be too much for the contestants. He said, “Singing is the easy part. If you know what we go through in terms of pressure, most artists can’t take it. It’s that simple. And it’s not a viable business… So when you’re under pressure being so young in life, I get it.
Luke agreed with Lionel about Kenedi saying: “These children, they have a lot to do.” He also shared that he planned to be part of the american idol family would have been a great route to the top for Kenedi and his music career. However, she recognized that if she had “doubts and anxieties and other things”, that would not be the right choice. Lucas concluded by saying: “We are heartbroken as a show because she was so dynamic and amazing,” And they wish you only the best.
Katy shared similar sentiments, acknowledging that Kenedi was “a great.” However, he added that he thought the program had “Those other amazing voices that even went a little further.” Katy said it could be a “decisive moment for the race” for the other competitors who now have the opportunity to enter the first places of the competition. Popular american idol the judge wished Kenedi luck in true Katy style, “We want nothing but the best for her. I say #GBHOJ: God bless her on her journey. Oh, I missed an H. But you know what I mean.
The judges saw great potential in Kenedi and his absence made an impact. Lionel, Katy and Luke have shown why they are great judges and mentors by taking the time to understand and respect Kenedi’s decision. Although they were disappointed to lose Kenedi, their optimism for the future of Season 20 is infectious, and audiences have a great season to watch thanks to the american idol the talent of the judges to find great talent.
american idol airs Sundays and Mondays at 8 pm EDT on ABC.
Source: USA Today, American Idol/YouTube