Kenedi Anderson, American Idol Front-Runner, Drops Out of Competition

Kenedi Anderson has left American Idol.

But he hasn’t been voted out.

The 17-year-old revealed shocking news on Instagram on Monday after her pre-recorded Top 24 performance featured a beautiful version of Christina Perr’s song “Human” by a season 20 pioneer.

“Because we recorded these shows in Hawaii in the past, Kenedi has decided to withdraw from our show for personal reasons,” host Ryan Seacrest briefly explained in the broadcast.

“We’ll send him congratulations.”

Anderson did not miss the details of his decision.

However, he wrote the following text online:

Statement by Kenedi Anderson

For personal reasons, I can’t continue on American Idol.

This has been one of the hardest decisions I have ever had to make, but I know it is necessary.

I am so grateful to American Idol, the judges, the producers, the great competitors and all the fans who have supported me.

Thank you for giving me such a great opportunity to share my voice, pursue my dreams, feel so much joy and happiness in doing what I love, and make lifelong friends along the way.

Anderson first caught the attention of viewers – as well as judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan – with his amazing piano-based cover version of Lady Gaga’s “Applause” during the program’s audition.

The show deserved Anderson’s standing applause from the aforementioned panel.

“I mean, my head is spinning,” Bryan said after Anderson’s audition when Perry spoke:

“I’m under threat! They’re younger, they’re prettier, they’re singing really well! You’re checking every screen. And many of them. Get ready to become your own hero.”

Added after Richie Anderson’s audition, one of the best in the history of the show:

“You don’t understand. We can sit here all day and sing songs, but we’re looking for the next ‘thing’ in the music industry. You’ve relaxed us because of your voice, your look, your voice …”

“You have answered our prayers.”

Anderson was one of only three contestants this season to earn the program’s latest honor this year, the Platinum Ticket.

An upgrade from the regular Golden Ticket, this ticket allowed its holders to skip the first round of Hollywood Week. Yes he was that good.

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“I never thought such an opportunity would come my way,” Anderson said in an earlier interview to Virginia 8News, which is close to his hometown.

“I think music is definitely my main passion and I’m really excited to share it with everyone now. … I just want to pursue a career in music.

“That’s all I’ve ever wanted. I want to get on tour one day.

“I want to sell my own music. Keep writing music. Collaborate with other artists. I really want a career here.”

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Production company Fremantle Media, meanwhile, expressed grief over Kenedi’s loss to TV Line while he turned back to the remaining 23 competitors.

“We’re disappointed to see Kenned leave,” it reads.

“But we’re excited to see this festive 20th season evolve with the incredible talents competing for the next American Idol.”

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