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‘American Idol’ contestant Danielle Finn mourns the loss of her grandfather

Danielle Finn

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Danielle Finn

“American Idol” season 20 contestant Danielle Finn announced that her grandfather, who encouraged her to audition for the singing competition, has died.

Finn wrote about her grandfather in a touching Instagram post.

“Oh Poppy you were everyone’s rock,” she wrote. “You knew how to put a smile on everyone’s face and give the best advice. Thank you for inspiring me to embark on my American Idol journey and for always supporting me throughout my life.”

She added: “I just wish I had you a little longer. I love you with every piece of me! I know you are watching our family and I hope you are in a more comfortable, peaceful place now.”


Finn opened up about her grandfather during her Hollywood Week clip


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During Hollywood Week, “American Idol” revealed that Finn’s grandfather was the one who wanted her to try for the show.

“We used to watch the show all the time,” she shared at the time. “It was like a really big spark in me that he always really believed in me and loved my voice.”

She added: “Now I’m here and he has Alzheimer’s. He doesn’t know exactly what’s going on.”

In the package, which showed Finn talking to her “poppy,” she told him she would be on “American Idol.”

“I’m sad that I can’t share this whole process with my grandfather, but he’s definitely on my mind and in my heart throughout this whole thing,” she added. “It pushes me to really do my best for him.”

Following her performance in this genre challenge, Finn progressed to the duet challenge, which she survived even after partnering with Sage, who is also still in competition.


Finn might make the top 20 on American Idol.

Finn is expected to be back in Los Angeles for the American Idol live shows, which will air on Sunday, April 17 with a three-hour special.

Here are all the contestants in the top 24 and what they sang for their performances:

  • Jay Copeland – “I Want You Back”
  • Elli Rowe – “Everywhere”
  • Tristen Gressett – “With a little help from my friends”
  • Scarlet Ayliz – “Floating”
  • Sage – “Jolene”
  • Danielle Finn – “Your Song”
  • Mike Parker – “Best Shot”
  • Emyrson Flora – “Angels Like You”
  • Dan Marshall – “Heaven”
  • Jacob Moran – “In My Blood”
  • HunterGirl – “Banjo”
  • Nicolina Bozzo – “Elastic Heart”
  • Allegra Miles – “Adore You”
  • Ava Maybee – “Say Me Something Nice”
  • Cadence Baker – “Something’s Holding Me”
  • Cameron Whitcomb – “Bad Moon Rising”
  • Christian Guardino – “Leave the door open”
  • Fritz Hager – “Waves”
  • Katyrah Love – “Blame It On The Boogie”
  • Lady K – “Before He Cheats”
  • Leah Marlene – “Call me”
  • Noah Thompson – “The Blue Side of the Mountain”
  • Sir Blayke – “Breakeven (break in pieces)
  • Kenedi Anderson – “Human”

Finn appeared in the first batch of contestants, meaning she could be sent home at the start of the live show if she didn’t get more votes than two other contestants.

If she makes it, Finn will make her first live appearance for America’s Vote in season 20. The top 16 will be announced live on Monday 18 April 2022.

“American Idol” airs Sundays and Mondays at 8 p.m. Eastern and Pacific Time on ABC.

CONTINUE READING: ‘Idol’ producer breaks silence over ‘disappointing’ Kenedi Anderson exit

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