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Meet Tripp Taylor of American Idol Season 21


Tripp Taylor of American Idol Season 21

Tripp Taylor of American Idol Season 21

Tripp Taylor is among the singers to audition for Season 21 of American Idol.

American Idol returns to ABC on Sunday, Feb. 19.

Here’s more about Tripp.

* He’s 18-year-old Raymond Taylor from the Florence, S.C., area.

* That said, he’s been going by Tripp for a long time.

* And he’s another of the Season 21 auditioners who’ve amassed quite following on TikTok — 300,000 followers and more than 5 million likes in Tripp’s case.

* His voice has an old-school sound, evident on a recent cover of “Hit the Road Jack,” which you can check out below. Oh, that cover’s been viewed 6.4 million times.

* Two of his other viral videos feature Tripp lending his exuberant and raspy vocals to “Great Balls of Fire” and “Jailhouse Rock.” Clearly, he’s a young guy with an appreciation for the classics.

* Tripp’s been singing for quite a while. When he was in middle school, we was selected for the National Honor Choir, earning him a trip to Minneapolis.

* He wound up attending the South Carolina Governor’s School for Arts and Humanities and graduated from there in 2022.

* Tripp was a member of the drama class at the school and graduated with academic honors as well as a member of the honor council.

* He’s now a member of the Class of 2026 at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and is majoring in musical theater.

* He’ll audition with the Ray Charles classic “”I Believe to My Soul,” a fitting choice since he grew up being inspired by his father’s collection of classic music and prefers singing older songs, according to a recently published interview with

Tripp on social media:

@trippsings sorry I’ve been MIA recently haha #fyp #singing #raycharles #hittheroadjack #americanidol ♬ original sound – tripp taylor

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