Who Is Colin Stough? Get To Know The ‘American Idol’ Contestant – Hollywood Life

Colin Stough: 5 Things To Know About The 18-Year-Old Country Singer On ‘American Idol’

'American Idol' is keeping it country in season 21! Get to know Colin Stough, the 18-year-old singer who came in third place.

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  • Colin came in third place during American Idol season 21.
  • Colin is from Mississippi.
  • Colin is a country singer.

Colin Stough became one of the singers to watch during American Idol season 21. He made it to the grand finale alongside Iam Tongi and Megan Danielle. He ultimately came in third place.

So, who is Colin Stough? He’s definitely got a future in country music. HollywoodLife has rounded up everything you need to know about Colin.

1. Colin’s mom signed him up for American Idol.

Colin told the judges that his mom signed him up for the show. He admitted that he wanted to compete on American Idol because “ain’t really nothing come from around here… I want to change that.” After his audition, the judges told him to grab his mom from the waiting room. Colin’s mom revealed that the singer asked for his first guitar when he was 5 years old, and he’s been playing ever since.

2. Colin placed third during American Idol season 21.

Colin wowed with his performance of “Simple Man” by Lynyrd Skynyrd. Luke Bryan was very impressed and said Colin is “what American Idol is about.” Katy Perry told Colin that he has “the magic.” Colin easily got a ticket to Hollywood, and Lionel Richie said that this is going to change his life.

For his top 26 performance, Colin jammed out to “Midnight Train To Memphis” by The Steeldrivers. “I think you’re in the middle of figuring out what you’re confidence is too. You really deserve to be here,” Luke said.

He continued to advance through the competition and made it all the way to the finale. He came in third place. “Being in the music industry is something I’ve always dreamed about. I’ve kind of got a list. I’ve got goals for my life like everybody else does, and I want to keep checking them off,” he told HollywoodLife EXCLUSIVELY ahead of the finale.

3. Colin is from Mississippi.

Colin is from a small town named Gattman outside of Amory, Mississippi. He lives with his mom, his stepdad, and his two dogs. He also lives next door to his grandparents. Most of his family lives on the same property.

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Colin Stough performing on ‘American Idol.’ (ABC)

4. Colin’s dad hasn’t been a part of his life.

In his intro package, Colin reveals that his dad “ain’t really ever been there” for him and his mom. “He chose alcohol and drugs instead of me and mom,” Colin adds. His family welcomed him and his mom back after the situation with his father fell apart.

5. Colin has a love for horses.

“I used to have a real bad problem about just holding on to everything, and that’s what horses teach me, just to let go of it,” he says in his intro video while outside with his horse. “It’s kind of like you can talk to them, but you don’t say nothing and neither do they. It’s a way to cope.”