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THOUGH she may be the youngest contestant on American Idol this season, her voice is fierce.
Here’s what you need to know about Emyrson Flora, the junior in high school who judge Kate Perry referred to as ” one of our most talented.”
Emyrson Flora sings in Hawaii as part of the American Idol round of 24Credit: Getty
Who is Emyrson Flora?
Flora is 16 years old and is still enrolled at Walsh Jesuit, an Ohio Catholic private school, where she is a junior.
Per American Idol’s rules, she’s still required to maintain a certain number of school hours per week, and she has tutors who are helping to make sure she stays on top of schoolwork.
Before taking to the stage on Idol, Flora had never performed for an audience larger than a few friends.
“I just come from singing in my room to this pretty quick,” she said after getting a pass to Hollywood from her first audition.
She has never taken choir at Walsh Jesuit but is signed up for the choir class next year, her senior year.
If she were to be crowned the winner this season, she’d beat Jordin Sparks‘ record of being the youngest American Idol star to win.
What have the judges said about Flora?
Never ones to mince their words, the judges have all reacted with compliments and standing ovations for Emyrson.
On the April 17, 2022 episode of the show, which cut down the contestants from the top 23 to the top 20, Flora was the first to find out that she’d be staying, based on viewers’ votes.
Flora then performed “Tell Me You Love Me” by Demi Lovato.
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“You had a strut and walk that was great tonight,” Richie said of Flora’s stage presence.
“You may be our youngest, but I think you are one of our most talented,” Perry said.
Emyrson Flora performs at Hollywood Genre weekCredit: Getty
And finally, Luke Bryan said: “When I think about your age, it just says superstar in the making,.”
“I truly believe that you are going to go really, really far.”
How can I watch American Idol?
If you need to start from the beginning, you can catch up on Hulu.
Otherwise, the show airs on Sunday and Monday nights at 8 p.m. on ABC and YouTube TV.
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