American Idol

Meet Makayla Phillips of American Idol Season 18


Makayla Phillips, who previously appeared on America's Got Talent, auditioned for American Idol Season 18

Makayla Phillips, who previously appeared on America’s Got Talent, auditioned for American Idol Season 18

American Idol kicks off Season 18 on Sunday, Feb. 16.

One of the contestants we’re likely to meet is Makayla Phillips.

Here’s more about Makayla.

* Reality show fans might remember her from 2018’s 13th season of America’s Got Talent. Her performance of Demi Lovato’s “Warrior,” at age 15, prompted a golden buzzer reaction from judge Heidi Klum, propelling Makayla into the quarterfinals.

* Makayla returned for the quarterfinals and performed Julia Michaels’ “Issues” — better than the original, according to Heidi — and was voted into the semifinals. She dedicated that performance to her father, Todd, a firefighter. But her journey on the show ended there.

* According to her Facebook page, Makayla signed with Dream Talent way back in 2013 and won a scholarship to the Hollywood Launch program.

* She went on to appear in a number plays, including as Jasmine in “Aladdin” and as the Wicked Witch in “The Wizard of Oz.”

* As for landing on America’s Got Talent, Makayla told Talent Recap: “I had been watching it forever and I always remembered wanting to be on that stage,”

* She’s also a good friend and had been a frequent social media collaborator with Kodi Lee, who won Season 14 of America’s Got Talent.

* Since her run on the show, Makayla has released her oft-requested cover of “Warrior” to streaming sites.

* Oh, and she’s been plenty busy since, releasing a 2019 single with Dallin McKay called “Forming Great,” a single called “Love Left Me Blind” that now has an accompanying video (check it out below) and a song called “Might U” that’s on the soundtrack for the “My Hero Academia” anime film.

* Another recent release is a collaboration with Shawn Moyer on a song called “Need Me,” released Jan. 10.
She thanks Shawn on Instagram for allowing her to sing on “his great song.”

* And on Feb. 21, Makayla released her latest original, a soulful and sassy single called “Fool Like You.”

Keep checking back. Lots more Season 18 profiles to come.

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1 Comment

  1. Tim March 7, 2020 at 1:25 am -  Reply

    It’s “Fool Like You”

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