‘American Idol’ – One of Two Alabama Artists Heading Home

 ‘American Idol’ sends one Alabama Singer Home – Leaving ONE in Top 8

The Top 10 of “American Idol” included two singers from Alabama – BUT Sunday night’s episode whittled that down to a Top 8, that included only one of them.

Tristan Harper of McIntosh and Mia Matthews of Centre – along with the rest of the field – got some coaching from superstar Shania Twain.

As the multiple Grammy winner listened to Mia Matthews, singing one of her (Twain’s) hits, Twain pushed her to make it her own – and to use her higher range.  Katy Perry told her: “You looked great, you sounded great, you moved around the stage like you were trying to impress someone.”

Triston Harper was told by Shania Twain “I know its country – BUT, YOU have a lot of soul.  Your voice is amazing.” Twain said that she saw in him a kindred spirit who’d started out playing for just a few bucks – and who was now learning to perform for the joy of it.

As it came time for host Ryan Seacrest to reveal results of the night’s live voting – almost 21 million votes had arrived.

Harper was the first to learn he was advancing to the next round; for Mia Matthews – and her fans – the suspense built until seven names had been called and she was left standing with just two other competitors – sadly, her name was not called to move on to the next round.

All of her fans, both here in Centre and everywhere else send best wishes and “CONGRATULATIONS” for both the talent, and personality, that she is blessed with.

It’s a sure bet we’ll hear more of Mia in the not-too-distant future.


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