One of probably the most promising contestants on American Idol Season 20 has departed the competitors.
Kenedi Anderson, a 17-year-old singer, has exited the present following a wide ranging Top 24 efficiency.
“You might have noticed that there was no voting information during Kenedi’s performance just now,” host Ryan Seacrest shared.
“Since we taped these reveals in Hawaii earlier, Kenedi has determined to withdraw from our present for private causes.”
“We ship her effectively needs.”
Anderson took to social media to share a press release on the choice.
“For personal reasons, I’m unable to continue on American Idol,” the singer penned on Instagram.
“This has been one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make, but I know it’s necessary. I’m so grateful to American Idol, the judges, the producers, the amazing contestants, and all the fans who have supported me.”
“Thank you for giving me such an amazing opportunity to share my voice, chase my dreams, feel so much joy and happiness doing what I love, and make lifelong friends along the way.”
Anderson has been a frontrunner since her first audition on the veteran ABC actuality sequence, the place she carried out a rendition of Lady Gaga’s “Applause.”
Judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, and Luke Bryan knew there was a brilliant future forward for the younger star, permitting her to advance to the subsequent stage of the competitors.
“I mean, my head is spinning,” Bryan stated after the version.
“I’m threatened! They’re younger, they’re prettier, they sing really good! You check every box. And a lot of all of them. Get ready to become your own hero,” Perry added.
“You don’t perceive. We can sit right here all day lengthy and sing songs, however we’re searching for the subsequent ‘thing’ within the music enterprise,” Richie stated of the audition.
“You have graced us because your voice, your look, your sound.”
“You have answered our prayers.”
While particulars about why the star left the present are scarce, Fremantle Media shared a statement to TV Line that seemingly reiterates that Kenedi selected to go away.
“We are disappointed to see Kenedi leave,” the assertion reads.
“But we are excited to watch this celebratory 20th season unfold with the incredible talent vying to be the next American Idol.”
American Idol airs Sunday and Monday on ABC.
Paul Dailly is the Associate Editor for TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter.