UPDATE: ‘American Idol’ journey ends for Montgomery singer Lady K

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Lady K visits Disneyland Resort in California. (Disney/Richard Harbaugh)

If you’ve been following our American Idol coverage, you know it’s been a wild ride. What started out as four Alabamian ‘Idol’ hopefuls turned into one. Now, we have to say goodbye to Montgomery native Lady K. Read on for all the details.

Disney Night

The iconic Disney Night tradition returned on the May 1 episode of American Idol. Contestants needed a little more than faith, trust and pixie dust as the competition narrowed from 10 to seven.

Award-winning actor and singer Derek Hough mentored the contestants at Disneyland Resort in California before each singer performed a classic Disney song to the judges.

Lady K gave a breathtaking performance of popular anthem How Far I’ll Go from Moana. She told the Montgomery Advisor that she relates to Moana, her favorite Disney character, because their stories of bravery are similar.

“It’s my story…I literally watched that movie two days before I auditioned for Idol. I knew instantly that I wanted to be that girl…I took the risk and jumped out there, and now I’m doing what I’ve wanted to do.”

Lady K to the Montgomery Advisor
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Katy Perry understood the assignment. (ABC / Raymond Liu)

The judges loved her performance. “You look like a star. You sound like a star,” Lionel Richie said. Katy Perry, donning a top-tier Ariel costume, had similar praise.

“Who is this beautiful, grown, graceful gorgeous woman? Not only are you gorgeous in presentation, but that was a stunning vocal, especially that part at the end. You gave us runs on runs on runs.”

Katy Perry

After live voting, three contestants met the end of their American Idol journey for getting the lowest number of votes. Emyrson Flora, Mike Parker and our Montgomery star Lady K.

Remember when?

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A look back at Lady K’s audition day. (ABC / Eric McCandless)

It all started with an audition. With shows like this you know the stars when you see them, and from day one we knew Lady K would go far.

Montgomery born and Tuskeegee raised, Lady K got major props from Lionel Richie for representing his hometown in the competition.

In the first episode, we learned that Lady K had a rough upbringing in a homeless shelter and tragically, her brother passed away. She was singing in the competition to make her family proud.

Since then, Lady K has blossomed into a true performer. You can see her shine brighter with each passing episode, gaining confidence and enjoying the journey along the way.

What’s next for the powerful singer? In an Instagram post, she said this is just the beginning.

Revisit the journey of our rockstar Alabama contestants:

To follow the competition even after our Alabama reps are gone, watch American Idol on Sundays and Mondays at 7PM (CT) on ABC.

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Gabby Gervais
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