Why did Kenedi Anderson leave American Idol?

Why did Kenedi Anderson leave American Idol?

WHY did Kenedi Anderson leave American Idol, as one of the show's most promising young talents?

After her performance in Hawaii, which was taped before it aired, host Ryan Seacrest addressed her sudden departure, when fans realized that they couldn't vote for her.

Why did Kenedi Anderson leave American Idol?

After smashing a cover of Christina Perri’s hit song, Human on the two-night special, many fans were shocked by news of Kenedi Anderson's sudden departure from the show.

She posted to her Instagram that it was due to "personal reasons," but didn't go into any further detail, besides to thank everyone at American Idol and to say that it had been "one of the hardest decisions" she's ever had to make.

Many fans took to her Instagram to offer their support and to air their grievances, with many repeating forms of "she could have won it all."

Which leads us to fan theories about why Kenedi may have actually left American Idol.


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Why do fans think Kenedi left American Idol?

The most popular and widespread fan theory is that Kenedi was offered a record deal or a modeling contract that wouldn't "tie her" to American Idol.

User @dashofpepper.fit said: "I hope it’s because you got offered a better deal somewhere else! Amazing talent girl you’ve already won"

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User @Electralovebliss said: "My husband and I totally love and support your life, choices and wish you the absolute best!! Always take the best care – let grace continue to surround you – and stay true to YOU! We "applause applause" you!"

Other users, such as @jdm_custom_creationz said: "I literally got goosebumps when Ryan said that [you had left] because I literally just said to my husband " she's going to win this show!" I'm so upset!!!!"

How has American Idol reacted to Kennedi's departure?

Fremantle Media issued the following statement: “We are disappointed to see Kenedi leave, but we are excited to watch this celebratory 20th season unfold with the incredible talent vying to be the next American Idol.”

Immediately after her performance aired, American Idol host Ryan Seacrest announced that Kenedi, who is 17 and from Virginia, had pulled out of contention, telling viewers: "Since we taped these shows in Hawaii earlier, Kenedi has decided to withdraw from our show for personal reasons. We send her well wishes."

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