American Idol Contestant Kenedi Anderson Drops Out


Platinum ticket winner 18-year-old Kenedi Anderson has dropped out of the 20th season of American Idol.

The early frontrunner was one of three contestants to win the coveted platinum ticket, fast-tracking them past Hollywood Week.

Despite her audition receiving high praise from American Idol judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, and Luke Bryan, Anderson left the competition after the Round of 24.

Show host Ryan Seacrest announced tonight's show immediately following Anderson's Christina Perri's Human performance.

"You might have noticed no voting information during Kenedi's performance."

"Since we taped these shows in Hawaii earlier, Kenedi has decided to withdraw from our show for personal reasons."

He then added, "We send her our well-wishes, and needless to say, we have incredible talent on this historic season, with more iconic Idol performances coming up for you right now."

With Anderson's departure, one contestant of the remaining 11 performers on Monday will be cut to round out the top 20.

Following the on-air announcement. Anderson posted a message on Instagram calling this:

"one of the hardest decisions I have ever had to make," but "I know it is necessary."

She also used "personal reasons" to explain her abrupt departure.

There have similar withdrawals in the past.

Just last year, another frontrunner, Wyatt Pike, pulled out after the Top 16 round, citing "personal reasons."

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