American Idol is keeping our Faith.
This week Destrehan native Faith Becnel secured a spot as a top 20 contestant on American Idol, which means she’ll advance to the next round of the singing competition show.
“Apart from what is shown on TV, living and experiencing this incredible journey is something a girl can dream of and something I will always remember,” Becnel posted to her Facebook page Monday. “I cannot wait for my journey to continue in top 20 … I hope I make you all proud.”
A previously taped show aired Sunday night in which Becnel performed in front of a live crowd in Hawaii. Becnel, 20, sang “Ain’t Nobody” by Chaka and Rufus Khan.
Becnel appeared in front of musical star judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie in the episode to learn whether she would be advancing in the show.
“I was definitely concerned, but it was an exciting and thrilling moment to have a chat with the judges face to face,” Becnel said in an interview this week. “I did feel confident and comfortable with how I performed … I knew I was in my element with the band and the crowd.”
Becnel said she was excited to get the judges feedback on her performance.
“The reason why we’re so invested in you is you’re intriguing, fun, you reel us in with that personality … you’re in our top 20,” Bryan told Becnel on screen.
Becnel said she feels blessed to be featured on this season of the show, which has been modified because of the current coronavirus pandemic. The network is working on alternative plans for the show’s upcoming live telecasts, which are traditionally taped in front of a large studio audience.
“I feel blessed to be going through it right now … it’s super cool to be a part of a unique time on American Idol,” she said. “It’s much different than how the show usually is … there’s more people watching and more people involved … I appreciate the support and can’t wait to continue.”
American Idol returns at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 5, on ABC.
A two-part special, “American Idol: This Is Me,” will air at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 12 and Sunday, April 19. Faith said the special episodes will give the audience a deeper look at each contestant, as well as feature past Idol performances not previously aired.