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AMERICAN IDOL FRONT-RUNNER ABRUPTLY DROPS OUT OF THE COMPETITION
By ASHLEY NICKELL
In the early stages of American Idol Season 20, contestant Kenedi Anderson was a clear standout at only 17 years old. Anderson first auditioned for the show in front of Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, and Luke Bryan with a piano cover of Lady Gaga's "Applause."
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After making it to the show’s top 24, Kenedi announced her decision to exit the competition on April 11 — the same night an episode aired featuring her performance of "Human" by Christina Perri. "For personal reasons, I'm unable to continue on American Idol," Kenedi wrote on Instagram.
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Kenedi thanked everyone who made her time on the show special, including folks behind-the-scenes, fellow contestants, and fans that watched every week. Her performance in Hawaii was taped before the news of her exit, as host Ryan Seacrest explained during the episode.
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