Re-Live HunterGirl’s ‘American Idol’ Journey: From Making History Receiving The First-Ever Platinum Ticket To Now

From the moment American Idol viewers first met HunterGirl, it was clear that she was going to go far in the competition. From her undeniable country vocals to her charming personality, Huntergirl has everything it takes to become the next…

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From the moment American Idol viewers first met HunterGirl, it was clear that she was going to go far in the competition. From her undeniable country vocals to her charming personality, Huntergirl has everything it takes to become the next American Idol.

The Tennessee native has been a standout contestant throughout the 20th season of the show. After she auditioned with a cover of Rascal Flatts’ “Riot,” Huntergirl was deemed a “new age Miranda Lambert” by Luke Bryan.

“It’s my fifth year doing this and that is my favorite female country voice I’ve heard in five years,” Bryan gushed following her audition.

READ: HunterGirl Cements Her Place In Country Music With Heartbreaking Miranda Lambert Cover On ‘American Idol’

Huntergirl was the first-ever contestant to earn the coveted Platinum ticket when she had the opportunity to perform at Luke Bryan’s 32 Bridge in Downtown Nashville.

After taking the stage to perform Lambert’s “Bluebird,” Huntergirl received the surprise of a lifetime when the judges awarded her with a platinum ticket.

“This not only means you get to go to Hollywood, but you get to relax for one day, rest your voice and size up the competition and figure out how to become the next American Idol,” Katy Perry explained.

Throughout the season, the Platinum ticket recipient covered songs like Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams,” Ashley McBryde’s “Girl Goin’ Nowhere,” Rascal Flatts’ “Banjo” and Miranda Lambert’s “Vice.”

READ: Who Is HunterGirl? 12 Fun Facts About The First-Ever Platinum Ticket Recipient On ‘American Idol’

For her Top 20 performance, Huntergirl impressed the judges and viewers alike with an original track called “Heartbreak Down,” which is featured on her recently released EP, One Day.

“That is an original song. This is when you pull out those tricks because you are an artist. I put my money on you girl,” Katy Perry gushed.

“If I had to find one word to kind of give you your place here, it’s [that] you’re a natural,” Richie added. “As a writer, I give you an A+ with that one because I’m singing the second verse and I realize, hold on wait a minute that’s an original. It’s that relatable. Luke said it right, enjoy the ride.”

With America continuing to vote her through the competition, Huntergirl later performed Sugarland’s “Baby Girl” as a dedication to her parents and proved her showmanship with a rousing rendition of Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5.”

HunterGirl went on to perform covers of “I See The Light,” a song from Disney’s Tangled, Tate McRae’s viral hit “You Broke Me First,” Lauren Alaina’s “Like My Mother Does,” Carrie Underwood’s “Undo It,” and Little Big Town’s “Girl Crush.”

Re-live Huntergirl’s American Idol journey below.

Rascal Flatts – “Riot”

https://youtu.be/6wOQBa5sOB0

Fleetwood Mac – “Dreams”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDN5vMZW5zo

Ashley McBryde – “Girl Goin’ Nowhere”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_Qz7-2N6JY

Rascal Flatts – “Banjo”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8P_T_udTo4E

Huntergirl – “Heartbreak Down”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmyjVBBcKnQ

Miranda Lambert – “Vice”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZdYuJbGysA

Sugarland – “Baby Girl”

YouTube video

Dolly Parton – “9 to 5”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jj_gdZFuA_I

Disney Night: Tangled’s “I See The Light”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVXNWman72A

Tate McRae – “You Broke Me First”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIvC1qxBFhA

Mother’s Day Tribute: Lauren Alaina – “Like My Mother Does”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IaNUt_w1HkI

Carrie Underwood – “Undo It”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zS0gzXhhrbI

Little Big Town – “Girl Crush”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GybOlKF0WxA

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Andrew Wendowski is the Founder and CEO of Music Mayhem. As a 29-year-old entrepreneur, he oversees content as the Editor-In-Chief for the independent brand. Wendowski, who splits time between Philadelphia, Penn., and Nashville, Tenn., has an extensive background in multimedia. Before launching Music Mayhem in 2014, he worked as a highly sought-after photojournalist and tour photographer, collaborating with such labels as Interscope Records and Republic Records. He has captured photos of some of the biggest names, including Taylor Swift, Metallica, Harry Styles, P!NK, Morgan Wallen, Carrie Underwood, The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Shania Twain, and hundreds more. Wendowski’s photos and freelance work have appeared nationwide and can be seen everywhere from ad campaigns to various publications, including Billboard and Rolling Stone. When Wendowski isn’t running Music Mayhem, he enjoys spending time at concerts, traveling, and capturing photos.

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