Upstate NY Teen Makes It To American Idol Top 14, Will She Get to Top 10?
A 17-year-old from Upstate NY has made it into the Top 14 on 'American Idol' with some comparing her to Kelly Clarkson.
Madison VanDenburg is from Cohoes - just outside of Albany. She says she decided to pursue singing after she was cast in the lead role in 'Annie' in sixth grade. She tells Hollywood Life it was the crowd's reaction that motivated her to keep singing when she realized "how much she loved performing and feeding off of crowd reaction. From then on, she began seriously pursuing music as a possible career path."
Coach Katy Perry compared to Madison's talent to that of American Idol success story Kelly Clarkson. Those are some pretty big vocal shoes to fill.
According to NewYorkUpstate.com, Madison may have another advantage: "VanDenburg uses the same vocal coach as another Upstate NY singer, Moriah Formica, who appeared on “The Voice” in 2017 and “Idol” in 2018. Both Vandenburg and Formica attended Shaker High School in Latham, less than 10 miles outside of Albany."
On Sunday, Madison performed Fallin' by Alicia Keys. The judges were wowed by her performance - but it's all up to the fans, as they decide whether Madison will make it into the Top 10. Voting to determine the top 10 is open until 9 a.m. Monday.