Not for everyone. After winning over the judges — and viewers at home — Kenedi Anderson, Wyatt PikeMore contestants have left the show. American IdolOver the years, for many different reasons.
The first notable artist to leave the competition series on its own was Marlea StromanShe was a contestant on American Idol’s fourth season in 2005. Her second round departure was due to her son’s health.
“It wasn’t that big [of a cold], but I wasn’t there, and when babies are sick, they need their mommies,” Marlea told The Post-StandardAt the time her son was 12 months old.
Kenedi Anderson, a standout, was the judge in a recent case. 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. This has been one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make, but I know it’s necessary,” she wrote in a statement in April 2022. ”I’m so grateful to American Idol the judges, the producers, the amazing contestants, and all the fans who have supported me.”
The high school senior added: “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.”
A source close by production told us the following Us Weekly that the series was “disappointed to see Kenedi leave.” Bryan, who judged season 20 with Katy Perry Lionel Richie?, told USA Today that the trio was “heartbroken” by Anderson’s decision.
“These kids, they got a lot coming at ’em. I think, potentially for her career, her being a part of our family is as good as the route or the way to the top can be,” he told the newspaper at the time. “But, if you’re having doubts and anxieties and other things … we’re heartbroken as a show because she was so dynamic and great.”
Perry added that Anderson “was a great one,” but noted her early exit will give other contestants a chance to shine.
“I do think that we have such incredible other voices that have now even stepped forward a little bit more,” the “Roar” songstress told the outlet. “It’s just really another opportunity for one of these incredible contestants, and we wish nothing but the best for her. …”
Scroll down to see a list of reasons contestants have quit the competition throughout the years.