American Idol Frontrunner Kenedi Anderson Drops Out of Competition for ‘Personal Reasons’

American Idol contestant Kenedi Anderson will no longer be competing on the ABC reality show.

The 17-year-old contestant, who earned a coveted platinum ticket to Hollywood, gave a stunning performance of “Human” by Christina Perri.

Following the performance, host Ryan Seacrest announced the news in a clip inserted into Monday’s episode saying, “You might have noticed that there was no voting information during Kenedi’s performance just now. Since we taped these shows in Hawaii earlier, Kenedi has decided to withdraw from our show for personal reasons.”

He added: “We send her well wishes, and needless to say, we have incredible talent on this historic season, with more iconic ‘Idol’ performances coming up for you right now.”


Anderson updated fans on Instagram writing, “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 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,” she concluded.

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