Fans want to know why she left American Idol since she was one of the most talented young singers and dancers. Kenedi gave up her “platinum ticket” and left the show a week before it was to air. But that doesn’t mean she’s given up on her dream of becoming a singer or musician.
Kenedi Anderson’s Performance on Indian Idol
In the 20th season of American Idol, Anderson has been one of the most talented and strongest contestants. During her audition, she did something that the judges didn’t understand.
She even got the “coveted platinum ticket,” which gave her an advantage in the competition by letting her skip Hollywood Week, the first round of the show. It also let her choose her own partner in the next round. Here’s a video of her singing in a duet-
Kenedi’s usual style of performance has continued to impress everyone, and she has also made it into the top 24 on the show.
Kenedi Anderson’s Leave Revealed
On the most recent edition of American Idol, she grabbed everyone by surprise with her incredible performance to Christina Perri’s ‘Human,’ under the mentoring of Bebe Rexha.
On the day of this performance, her name wasn’t on her American Idol application, so people in the audience couldn’t vote for her.
The fact that she left the show and her name disappeared from the app seemed like a mistake to the audience.
Fans found out about the news from the show’s host, Ryan Seacrest. He said that Kenedi has quit the competition for personal reasons, and we wish her the best. Fans were sad about this, and they even said so on Twitterkendi.
— Kenedi Anderson (@kenedianderson_) March 29, 2022
Why Did Kenedi Quit?
Even though the judges gave her rave reviews for her performances, Kenedi Anderson did talk about why she was leaving the competition.
The 18-year-old singer from Virginia posted on Instagram that she can’t continue with the show because of “personal reasons” that she didn’t want to talk about. She also said that this was “one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make, but I know it’s necessary.”
Kenedi even thanked the judges, Katy Perry, Luke Byron, and Lionel Richie, for giving her “such an amazing chance to share my voice.”
Byron even told Anderson during her audition, “You might be the biggest star we’ve ever seen, and I genuinely feel your musical journey for the rest of your life has just begun right here.” So far, more than 4.9 million people have watched the audition on YouTube.
Anderson’s three performances of songs by Christina Perri, Lady Gaga, and Bruno Mars have won over the hearts of many fans and impressed the judges.
The Real Reason Kenedi Anderson Left American Idol
Now, we know for sure that “Kennedy” Anderson left American Idol because he did what he said he would. After Kenedi performed Christina Perri’s “Human” for the Top 24 on Monday, April 11, 2022, at the Aulani Disney Resort in Hawaii, host Ryan Seacrest said, “You may have noticed that there was no voting information during Kenedi’s performance just now.
Since we taped these shows in Hawaii before, Kenedi (or Kennedy Anderson) has decided to leave our show for personal reasons. We wish her the best.”
After Ryan’s announcement, Kenedi wrote on Instagram, “I’m unable to continue on American Idol for personal reasons. This has been one of the most difficult decisions I’ve ever had to make, but I know it’s the right thing to do.
I’m so thankful to American Idol, the judges, the producers, the amazing contestants, and all the fans who have helped me. Thank you for providing me with such an incredible opportunity to share my voice, pursue my aspirations, experience so much joy and happiness doing what I love, and meet lifetime friends along the way.”
Kenedi didn’t say what her “personal reasons” were for leaving American Idol, but the fact that she released a song on TikTok the next day—which has since been deleted—has led many to think that she signed with a record label. This is especially likely given the lyrics of the song.
She said, “Here’s the chorus to a song I just wrote.” Then, sitting at the piano, she sang, “I need to find, I need to discover something better than what I have, and with no strings attached.” Shouldn’t I get that? Something that doesn’t cost anything.”
Kenedi sang Lady Gaga’s “Applause” for her audition, which wowed Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, and Luke Bryan. Luke said, “She might be the biggest star we’ve ever seen,” and Katy said, “She was born to be a star.” The judges gave her one of only three Platinum Tickets that were given out this season during the auditions.
Kenedi is Not the First Person to Quit “American Idol”
When Marlea Stroman’s son got sick during Season 4, she was the first contestant to leave the show early. Strangely, Marlea wasn’t the only singer who left the show during Season 4. Mario Vazquez left because he wanted to stay true to himself as an artist. He said on the blog Arjan Writes, “I realized that making my own sound was very important to me.”
Two years later, Vazquez was named in a lawsuit by a former American Idol employee who said he was fired after telling his boss that Vazquez had s**ually harassed him.
In Season 13, Tequila Wilson quit American Idol because she felt that, because of her relationship with God, it wasn’t the right thing for her to do. Tequila was a gospel singer, and she told My Fox 8 that she “just felt like ‘American Idol’ wasn’t for her.”
She continued by saying, “I grew up in church. Only gospel music is all I know. And, while many people may not understand my decision, I had a brief conversation with my God, who promised me that everything will be well.”
Wyatt Pike also left last season for personal reasons, and his Instagram says that he’s in the studio making music. We hope that Kenedi will one day be able to do the same. We wish her the best of luck in the meantime.