Caleb Kennedy made it to ‘American Idol’s top five before leaving the show due to a controversial video that surfaced online on May 12.
Caleb Kennedy made quite a name for himself on American Idol season 19. The 16-year-old country singer from the small town of Roebuck, South Carolina made it all the way to the top five in the competition. But on Wednesday, May 12, he suddenly revealed he won’t be continuing any further in the contest after a controversial video circulated online the same day. Caleb apologized for it and said he’ll be taking a break from social media.
“Hey y’all, this is gonna be a bit of a surprise, but I am no longer gonna be on American Idol,” Caleb tweeted. “There was a video that surfaced on the internet and it displayed actions that were not meant to be taken in any way. I was younger and did not think about the actions, but that’s not an excuse,” he wrote. The show is expected to feature the remaining top four contestants on the Sunday, May 16 episode. We’ve got five things to know about Caleb.
1. Caleb performed an original song for his ‘Idol’ audition.
Caleb sang his original song “Nowhere” for the Idol judges. He revealed to Luke Bryan that he’s writing songs “every day” and always has something going through his head. Katy Perry told Caleb that he has “something real special.” Lionel Richie said that Caleb has already mastered a “storyteller’s voice” at 16. All 3 judges voted “yes” to send him to Hollywood. He performed the finished version in a later episode.
2. His parents’ divorce was tough on him.
“I kind of just lost myself and writing songs kind of helped me find who I was again,” Caleb said in his audition video. His mother, Anita, and stepdad, Marvin, sent him a special message during his audition.
3. He rocks a mullet.
After his audition, Caleb took off his hat and revealed his mullet. Luke was all about it. During the top 12 live reveal show, Caleb performed without a hat on. “At first, I didn’t recognize you because he didn’t have the hat on,” guest judge Paula Abdul said. “Now I see the full mullet. I like it.”
4. Caleb has a special bond with his mother.
“I’m very close with my mom,” Caleb said. I love my mom very much. She’s believed in me ever since I started.” His mom also acts as his manager. She books all his gigs.
5. Caleb played football his freshman year.
He played junior varsity football at Dorman High School. Caleb participated in summer football drills. However, he had to give up football to pursue American Idol, according to The State.