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‘American Idol’ Honors Late Contestant Mandisa With Powerful Tribute

Celebrating a Life of Appreciation! Late American Idol competitor Mandisa He was honored during the Monday Night Live show just days after his tragic death.

The gospel singer was found dead in her home earlier this month. She was 47 years old.

“Mandisa’s joyful spirit translates into her Grammy-winning gospel music and dedication to her faith,” Host Ryan Seacrest Shared before introducing others statue Former students are singing in tribute to Mandisa.

Melinda Doolittle, Colton Dixon, and Danny Gokey all performed a cover of “Shackles (Praise You)” by Jodi Marie Marie – Mandisa’s favorite song on which she had previously performed statue,

“Instead of going out with all the sadness, we’re here to celebrate something. And celebrate a life well lived,” Gokey told ET’s Denny Directo after the show.

Singer’s publicist, Velvet Kellum, First confirmed sad news She died on April 18, he told ET, adding, “We can confirm that Mandisa was found dead in her home yesterday. At this time, we do not know the cause of death or any further details. We are Asking for your prayers.” “Family and close circle of friends during this incredibly difficult time.”

He auditioned for season 5 American Idol In 2005 in Chicago, she won a spot on the show with a cover of Alicia Keys’ hit “Fallin'” and placed ninth behind eventual winner and runner-up Taylor Hicks and Katharine McPhee.

American Idol Season 5 – Top 11 Finalist, Mandisa Hundley, 29, from Antioch, Tennessee. , Ray Mikshaw/WireImage

After being eliminated from the singing competition, Mandisa released six studio albums in the Christian contemporary genre, earning a total of five Grammy nominations and one win. His 2013 release, the winnerAll male artists, including Christian music powerhouse Chris Tomlin, won in the Best Contemporary Christian Music Album category.

Mandisa remained out of the public eye for several years following her Grammy win, returning in 2017 with a memoir titled Out of the Darkness: My Journey Through the Shadows to Find God’s Happiness, Also a new album, out of the dark, The singer opened up about her struggle with depression and mental health in her work and subsequent interviews.

American Idol Airs Sundays and Mondays at 8pm ET on ABC and streams the following day on Hulu.

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