Missing her — but moving forward. Since then Kenedi AndersonYou amazed the American IdolJudges with her audition Katy Perry, Luke BryanAnd Lionel Richie haven’t been able to hold back their emotions when it comes to the young singer — even after she abruptly left the competition show in April 2022.
“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,” the Virginia native shared via Instagram after the singing competition aired the episode containing her top 24 performance of “Human” by Christina Perri. ”I’m so grateful to American IdolI would like to thank the judges, producers, and all of my fans for their support. 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.”
Host Ryan Seacrest was the first to announce Anderson’s departure, explaining why there was no voting information for her during the episode.
“We send her well wishes,” the longtime emcee said, noting that “Kenedi has decided to withdraw from our show for personal reasons.”
Viewers were shocked to hear that she had left. They were first introduced to her as an aspiring artist in the year 2000. IdolAuditions aired March 20, 2022.
Anderson performed a stripped down version of “The Sound of Music” during her audition Lady Gaga’s “Applause” for the judges, accompanying herself on piano as well. She left Perry, Bryan, and Richie stunned by her talent. Although the trio gasped and smiled throughout her performance it was their ebullient comments afterward which helped cement her position as the frontrunner in the competition.
“My head is spinning,” the country artist gushed, calling the teen a “five-star recruit.” Meanwhile, the “Firework” singer asked the teenager about the name of her fanbase, immediately declaring herself a “Keni Cat.” For his part, Richie let out a “Hallelujah!” in praise of her talent. Anderson was not only sent to Hollywood by all three judges, but she was also awarded the coveted platinum ticket.
Anderson competed in three more episodes. According to a source close the production, Anderson was fired after she left. Us Weekly that the show was “disappointed to see Kenedi leave,” which the judges later echoed.
Continue scrolling to read everything Perry, Bryan, and Richie have to say about Anderson.