Local singer aims to make Top 10 as American Idol voting goes live this weekend

American Idol judges have kept our Faith up to this point, and this weekend the fate of the Destrehan native will be up to viewers.

“I would be absolutely honored and blessed to make top 10,” locally based singer Faith Becnel said.

Live voting for the singing competition show will open Sunday night (April 26) at the end of the show’s broadcast and remain open until 11 a.m. Monday. The voting results will be revealed during the following Sunday’s show (May 3), when the current top 20 contestants will be whittled down to the top 10. ­­­

In an interview this week, Becnel said Sunday’s show will feature the 20 contestants each performing a song from their own home. Each contestant was gifted professional audio equipment, which Becnel said she has been learning how to use.

Contestants were able to pick their own song for the upcoming show, and Becnel thinks viewers will be interested in seeing the contestants perform from the comfort of their own homes.

There are three ways viewers can vote.

The first is to visit https://idolvote.abc.com and create an account. Each account can cast 10 votes. The second way to vote is to download the free American Idol mobile app, which also allows 10 votes per account. The third way to is text Faith’s contestant number, which will be revealed during the show, to 21523. Ten texts per mobile device are allowed.

Becnel said she feels blessed to be featured on this season of the show, which has been modified because of the current coronavirus pandemic. Traditionally the shows broadcasted this upcoming weekend would be taped in front of a large studio audience in California.

“This experience has been so different for me because I’m used to performing on a stage in front of lot of people,” Becnel said. “It’s been different and new and interesting to practice performing like this … I had to recognize that I’m not the best singer in an intimate setting, so I started working on that.”

Even with all the changes to the current shows and the unknown production details of future shows, Becnel said she is excited to see what happens.

“In this whole Idol journey you definitely learn how to go with the flow really quick because that’s the type of business show business is,” she said, adding one of the advantages of being on this particular season of American Idol is getting to walk through the experience with her family.

“Our family has a lot to do with helping us,” Becnel said of herself and other contestants. “Our family is just as involved as we are … they’re a part of the crew now because we’re at home … well, they are the crew.”

Becnel said there have been multiple Zoom conferences with the other contestants, and that American Idol producers are making the experience fun even though it is different. During her time in quarantine, Becnel is working on writing original music.

American Idol airs at 7 p.m. Sunday on ABC.


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Roth has both her undergraduate and graduate degree in journalism, which she has utilized in the past as an instructor at Southeastern Louisiana University and a reporter at various newspapers and online publications. She grew up in LaPlace, where she currently resides with her husband and three daughters.

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