Three Christian Contestants Advance To Top 8 of AMERICAN IDOL

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Three Christian Contestants Advance To Top 8 of AMERICAN IDOL

By Movieguide® Contributor

AMERICAN IDOL is getting closer to picking a winner of the latest season, and many viewers were excited to see that three Christian singers made it into the final eight. 

Megan Danielle, Haven Madison, and Warren Peay are all advancing to the next round of the singing competition show. 

Danielle, who sang “Go Rest High on That Mountain” during the latest AMERICAN IDOL episode, has spoken about her faith. She even sang with Lauren Daigle during her audition. Movieguide® previously reported:

AMERICAN IDOL contestant Megan Danielle wowed judges and viewers with her recent performance of Lauren Daigle’s “Thank God I Do.”

The 21 year-old singer-songwriter’s powerful performance earned her a spot in the “victory zone,” making her one of just 12 AMERICAN IDOL finalists.

Daigle has been an influence on Danielle for years. She even sang with the 2012 AMERICAN IDOL alum during her audition, where the pair duetted on “You Say.”

Danielle shared some details about her musical journey during her AMERICAN IDOL audition, including early days performing in bars. 

“I didn’t like performing at bars because I felt like I had to act like someone I wasn’t, so that people would like what they were hearing,” she explained

Her grandfather eventually pulled her aside and told her singing in bars wasn’t really who she was, adding, “How can you sing for God and sing for this?” 

After that, Danielle decided to become a Christian artist. Her continued success on  AMERICAN IDOL shows that she has a bright future ahead of her! 

Peay, who judge Katy Perry called “a Christian Chris Stapleton,” shared his excitement about being in the top eight finalists on Instagram, writing, “To God be the glory!” 

The South Carolina native is appliance repair technician and a worship leader at his local Baptist church.

Movieguide® previously reported on Peay’s impressive audition, where he performed Christian artist Zach Williams’ “To The Table”:

Warren Peay, an appliance repair technician from South Carolina, floored AMERICAN IDOL judges with his rendition of Christian singer-songwriter Zach Williams’ song, “To the Table.”

“I thought you were Chris Stapleton’s brother,” Katy Perry, a current judge on the show, said upon seeing Peay.

Peay, 23, sang the song about burdens, sins and sadness in front of judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan.

“There’s a Savior, and He calls,” Peay sang. “Bring it all to the table.”

After Peay’s performance, all three judges expressed amazement at his talent.

“A Christian Chris Stapleton,” Perry said. “You are authentic.”

Bryan said Peay’s performance gave him “chills.”

“That is about as heading down the top 10 road that I’ve ever heard in my whole life,” Ritchie said. “I’m telling you, he’s strong — and he’s top 10.”

“What an incredible experience! Tonight, I performed for the Idol judges and got the golden ticket to Hollywood! Praise God for this amazing opportunity, and a huge shoutout and thank you to everyone who has supported me in starting this journey. Be Blessed!” Peay posted on his Instagram after the audition.


Madison, who’s father is Jason Roy, the lead singer of the Grammy-nominated Christian rock band Building 429, celebrated her advancement on Instagram, thanking fans for their support. 

The 17 year-old has hopes of being a songwriter as well, and has been performing original songs on AMERICAN IDOL, like “15” and “Still Need You.”

“The most beautiful part of getting to do my originals on the show is that other people are relating to the songs, which makes me feel less alone,” she shared.


The other remaining contestants are Zachariah Smith, Wé Ani, Oliver Steele, Iam Tongi and Colin Stough.

We can’t wait to see the amazing performances Danielle, Madison, and Peay have in store for the rest of the show!

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