Kenedi Anderson was one of the clear frontrunners of American Idol season 20. Following her sensational audition, the 18-year-old received one of the coveted Platinum Tickets. She made the top 24 when it was revealed that she had actually dropped out of the show.
So, who is Kenedi Anderson? Her sudden departure definitely rocked American Idol. From getting that Platinum Ticket to details about her family, HollywoodLife has rounded up 5 key things to know about Kenedi.
1. Kenedi dropped out of ‘American Idol.’
During the second edition of the top 24 performances, Kenedi sang a gorgeous rendition of Christina Perri’s “Human.” Ryan Seacrest cut in with an update after her performance in the April 11 episode: “You might have noticed that there was no voting information during Kenedi’s performance just now,” Ryan said. “Since we taped these shows in Hawaii earlier, Kenedi has decided to withdraw from our show for personal reasons. We send her well wishes.”
Kenedi also released a statement on her social media accounts: “For personal reasons, I’m unable to continue on American Idol,” her statement began. “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.”
2. Kenedi got one of the Platinum Tickets.
Kenedi auditioned for the Idol judges during the second episode of season 20. She blew the judges away with her incredible cover of Lady Gaga’s “Applause.” Lionel Richie raved that Kenedi “answered” their prayers. Luke Bryan told Kenedi that he believes she’ll make the top 10. He even declared that Kenedi may be the “biggest star we’ve ever seen.” Katy Perry added that Kenedi, who was 17 at the time, was “born to be a star.”
The judges were so stunned by Kenedi that they gave her the second Platinum Ticket of the season. The Platinum Ticket allowed Kenedi to bypass the first round of Hollywood Week.
3. Kenedi lives in Virginia.
Kenedi hails from Crozet, Virginia. She currently attends Western Albemarle High School in Albemarle County. She spent part of her childhood in Louisiana.
4. Kenedi’s dad is a football coach.
Kenedi’s father, Justin Anderson, is currently a coach at East Carolina University. He is the Director of Player Personnel and Recruiting. Before going to ECU, Justin was the Director of Player Personnel at the University of Virginia for 6 years. He also had an administrative support role at Brigham Young University, where he played college football.
5. Kenedi comes from a big family.
Kenedi is one of six kids. She is the second oldest child. Her mother and father are also parents to Dakota, Rubee, Peyton, Jayce, and Jackson.