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Meet Madison Watkins of American Idol Season 19


Madison Watkins of American Idol Season 19

Madison Watkins of American Idol Season 19

Madison Watkins is among the singers we’re likely to meet on Sunday’s episode of American Idol.

Here’s more about Madison.

* This won’t be her first try at a TV competition show. At 21, she auditioned for Season 11 of America’s Got Talent. She was cut in the second round, despite an impressive cover of James Bay’s “Let It Go.”

* In a 2016 interview, Madison said she had dreamed of performing in front of Simon Cowell since age 13. Though cut from AGT, she said “he assured me that I have what it takes to be in this industry … which was a huge encouragement to me.”

* Madison was born in Arkansas, but now lives in L.A., a fact she addresses in a recent Instagram post, writing: “I love being in LA. I love pursing my dreams… but I live 1,000 miles away from the people who mean the most to me. That’s hard. I feel lonely a lot.”

* That said, she’s made progress as an entertainer, to the tune of nearly 350,000 streams of her music in 2020 on Spotify alone and more than 80,000 followers on Instagram.

* Inspired by Whitney Houston growing up, Madison describes herself as a pop-soul, singer-songwriter.

* Her already released music includes a five-track 2020 EP called “Rooted” (the title track is excellent) and a quartet of singles released in 2019 and 2020.

* She released an addictive new single called “Blinded” last month. It’s accompanied by a high-energy music video. “Flashdance, but make it 2021,” she writes on Instagram. Check out the video below.

* Now 25, Madison’s been singing since she was young and recalls her first performance was in a church musical. “It was the moment I knew I wanted to do this for the rest of my career” she said in the aforementioned interview. “The crowd gave me a standing ovation after I sang and it was incredible.”

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