Emmy Russell reflects on positive ‘American Idol’ journey despite elimination

"There was no sense of 'Why wasn't I chosen?' I know I'm chosen."

Pop Culture & Art May 15, 2024
The retrospective 'American Idol: American Dream,' was broadcast as the show prepares to crown its last Idol PHOTO: THEODYSSEYONLNE.COM

Emmy Russell, granddaughter of country music icon Loretta Lynn, gracefully bid farewell to "American Idol" on Sunday, May 12th, despite her elimination. 

The 25-year-old singer-songwriter, who ascended to the Top 5 on the renowned singing competition, took to social media to express gratitude for her journey. 

She shared her belief that her elimination was part of a larger plan orchestrated by a higher power.

In her Instagram post, Russell conveyed a profound sense of acceptance, stating, "There was no sense of 'Why wasn't I chosen?' I know I'm chosen." 

She found solace and inspiration in the lyrics of "The Climb" from Hannah Montana: The Movie, a song she performed on the show. "The climb is the promise," Russell emphasized, reflecting on the journey she had undertaken.

During the penultimate episode, Russell captivated audiences with her renditions of two Disney-themed songs: "The Climb" and "Carried Me With You" from Pixar's "Onward." 

Prior to her departure, she had moved judges and viewers alike with an emotional performance of her grandmother's classic, "Coal Miner's Daughter." 

Judge Katy Perry, in selecting the song, commended Russell's talent and underscored her individuality. 

"I chose this song not because Loretta Lynn is your grandma," Perry remarked. "I chose this song because you are Emmy Russell, and you can do anything now as Emmy Russell."

As a testament to her journey and achievement, Russell is set to release a single titled "Redemption" on May 17th, marking a new chapter in her musical career. 


Despite the conclusion of her "American Idol" journey, Russell's resilience and gratitude shine through, affirming her belief in the path ahead.


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