Last week Monday, American Idol named the top 10 contestants that are moving forward to the next round. Out of the talented singers who remain, six have used the platform to declare their faith in Jesus Christ.
This Idol season has been eventful, and has included one of the most diverse crowds the show has even seen. The top 10 includes an immigrant “Dreamer” named Michelle Sussett, who came to America three years ago from Venezuela. It also includes a transgender performer named Ada Vox and a man named Cade Foehner, who is a part time rock-and-roll singer, and part time minister.
Foehner, who is the the most vocal about his faith in God, continues to impress both the judges and the viewers with his rock-n-roll performances each week.
Foehner posted to Instagram this week: “I’ll be a son of a gun if we’re not in THE TOP 10 of @americanidol I cannot possibly thank my precious Flock enough for everything y’all have done. I know for certain I do not deserve a single bit of this, yet our Lord did this. I am humbled and grateful. Love y’all!! #top10 #theflock.”
The judges have commended his singing abilities on numerous occasions, but his performance during the top 24 finals, two weeks ago, really got judge Katy Perry’s attention.
“Are we even allowed to show this on ABC, oh my gosh is this rock and roll? I saw some things that my minister parents had to shun,” the “Firework” singer joked.
“I’m a minister too so it’s okay,” Foehner joked back.
Five other contestants have been outspoken about their faith as well, including Caleb Hutchinson, a country singer.
Foehner and Hutchinson have become great friends since being on the show together.
Hutchinson even recently posted a picture of the two, captioned, “My brother ✝️ Thankful for our friendship and the privilege of knowing such an amazing person.”
Foehner replied saying, “You make me want to serve Our Lord all the more. I see your good works and I glorify Him.”
Hutchinson has also used his social media to openly proclaim his gratitude to God for getting him this far in the American Idol competition.
Hutchinson wrote: “Me and all these other beautiful humans have made it to THE TOP 24! Thank the Lord for this amazing experience and the amazing friends I have made so far. Let’s see where else this takes us! #hutchpuppies #hutchbunch#americanidol #top24.”
The four other Christians in the competition include Gabby Barrett, Michael J. Woodward, Dennis Lorenzo and “dreamer” Michelle Sussett.
Below is a video of Gabby Barrett singing, “Were you there, when they nailed Him to the tree?”
Woodward, Lorenzo and Sussett have also used their social media pages as platforms to share faith-based posts detailing the work that God has done in their lives, and is continuing to do.
Thank you so ALL much for all the people who not only voted for me but also prayed. God is big and he put me here, thanks to my church @casadepodermiami and my pastor @aarongbernal THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU? Thanks to @katyperry @lionelrichie @lukebryan for believing in me❤️?✨ . Muchisimas gracias a todos no solo por haber votado por mi sino por haberme puesto en sus oraciones. Dios es grande y el me puso aqui, gracias a mi Iglesia @casadepodermiami y mi pastor @aarongbernal GRACIAS GRACIAS GRACIAS @katyperry @lionelrichie @lukebryan @americanidol ❤️❤️❤️ .
God is amazing man… Thank you for this and all that is to come. This accomplishment is the beginning of something incredible, I can feel it. Taten, Daddy loves you so much, NEVER let anyone tell you that you “can’t”. You and Aliyah are QUEENS ? The foundation is being built while you grow. Daddy is here for you and I’m not going ANYWHERE! ?? Dreams do come true people, this means the world to me #americanidol #disney #abc #dennislorenzo
The next episode of American Idol airs Sunday, May 6, at 8 p.m. ET.