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You're Going to Hollywood!

It’s been four months since I was sent home from round one of Hollywood week on American Idol. Though I only had a few moments on TV, I am so excited to share my experience with you on this blog!



First of all, I would like to say thank you to God, my family, the producers, and judges for their incredible support and encouragement along this crazy journey! Second, I never even thought that I would be on a TV show like American Idol. I always thought the idea of being on a TV show just wasn’t “meant for me” or that I was “not ready.” However, the opportunity presented itself and I took a giant leap to audition for the show. I’m so thankful I did because I gained so much knowledge and growth from the experience. Lastly, I know my prayers to God were answered in His timing and His way. I told Him that I wanted Him to close the doors if it was not meant to be. He did exactly that. I’ll never know the full reason why He ended my journey, but I’m thankful for the time He gave me on American Idol.


My family and I celebrating.

 

The audition day in Savannah was incredible! I was very nervous, but gave my best performances in front of the judges. Before I auditioned, I got to interview with Bobby Bones! He gave me some words of encouragement that boosted my confidence before I entered the audition room. I can’t even begin to describe how incredible it was to sing for Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, and Luke Bryan. Millions of thoughts were running through my head as I stood in front of them. I was thrilled when they gave me that golden ticket! My dreams were becoming reality! What an amazing feeling- I was headed to Hollywood!


My interview with Bobby Bones!

 

My first plane ride ever was on the way to Hollywood! It was so much fun to see the world from the air. I took a lot of pictures and it was clear that this was my first time riding on a plane, haha. Things were a little stressful on the way there. My flight got cancelled and my mom and I had to quickly find seats to another flight. I almost thought I wouldn’t make it to California! We had a layover in Arizona and it was absolutely beautiful on the ground and in the air! I’m definitely going back to visit. Before we boarded the plane to LA, a flight attendant called in sick and our second flight was delayed. Yet, through all of these delays and mishaps I finally made it to Hollywood.


Taking off from Phoenix, AZ.

 

The day came for my performance in front of the judges. I met so many wonderful people, made so many friends I still keep in contact with, and did a good job performing on stage. It was now up to the judges to decide my fate.



I was disappointed to find out that it was “the end of the road” for me as Katy Perry put it. In fact, I thought I had a pretty good chance of making it through when I saw the people standing in line next to me. I was shocked to see the many talented people sent home so early. I didn’t leave Hollywood without getting a pep talk and hug from Lionel Richie, though!


Literally a dream come true!

 

On the plane ride home, I kept having flashbacks of my whole American Idol journey. It was a bittersweet moment for me. I was proud of how far I made it. I recalled the victorious day I received my golden ticket. I recalled the endless possibilities I imagined if I made it to the top in the show. However, I was saddened by how quickly everything faded away. Seriously, it all goes away in an instant. That was the hardest thing for me. It wasn’t being told no, I emotionally prepared for that. It wasn’t seeing the other contestants relishing their moment of victory, either. I was happy for them. The hardest thing was coming back home to my “normal” life.


All the lights, cameras, contestants, nerves, interviews, auditions… it all faded away in a heartbeat.


As I mentioned before, I am so thankful for the time I had on American Idol. I met so many wonderful people while on the show. I am so proud of my friends who’ve continued to move forward in the show. I never would have imagined that I would have this opportunity a year ago. I never expected to make it as far as I did. I am so proud of my growth as a Christian music artist. Now looking towards the future, I know God has more doors to open for me and I can’t wait to see what His plan reveals next.



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