Who is American Idol’s Leah Marlene?

AMERICAN Idol contestant Leah Marlene made it as a finalist but lost to Noah Thompson in the final on May 22, 2022.

Her last appearance on the show came after she released her third album, Many Colors, in March.

Leah Marlene made the Top 5 on American Idol


Leah Marlene made the Top 5 on American Idol

Who is Lea Marlene?

Leah Marlene is a 20-year-old singer/songwriter from Normal, Illinois who made the top five for her May 8th American Idol performance.

Originally from Toronto, Canada, Marlene was born with music in her blood and has followed in the footsteps of her father, Derry Grehan, who is a singer and lead guitarist in his band Honeymoon Suite.

She began performing at just 10 years old and has traveled to Canada, Nashville and throughout Illinois.

Marlene studied songwriting at Belmont University but announced that she dropped out after two years to pursue her music.

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Over the past 10 years, Marlene has grown as an artist and when she released her first single Arrow in 2018, she told WGLT that creating the song came with growing pains.

“I wrote this in my junior year when I was wondering, ‘What am I going to do after graduation?’ Where am I going and what do I want to do with my life? So there was a lot of confusion that the song was written out of,” she said at the time.

“And that’s part of the song,” she added. “You don’t have to know. You just have to put one step in front of the other and just get started.”

Marlene has taken her musical growth to the American Idol stage, and at her May 8 performance, she thanked her parents for their support.

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Speaking to her mother, Deanna Grehan, Marlene said, “I wouldn’t be around here without you.”

What happened during Leah Marlene’s last performance?

Marlene made it to the American Idol finals, but was eliminated at the end of the first hour of the three-hour finale.

She performed her original song, “Flowers,” and the judges expressed their approval of how much her musical talents have improved since her audition.

Presenter Ryan Seacrest asked Marlene how she felt after singing her original song and Marlene replied: “I’m just so overwhelmed, so overwhelmed.

“I would never have believed you two years ago if you said I was here, I never thought I would get out of this situation. And now I’m up here singing this song (to) people in this situation.”

Before her last performance, her father Derry Grehan said to her: “I couldn’t be prouder of you. You are the most wonderful daughter a father could wish for.”

Marlene placed third behind HunterGirl and Noah Thompson, who later became the season 20 winner.

What happened during her Mother’s Day performance?

Marlene played BØRN’s Electric Love, followed by Sanctuary from the TV series Nashville on May 8th.

In a video clip that played before her second song, Marlene dedicated Sanctuary to her mother.

“The best part about making it in the Top 7 was realizing that I would be able to sing a Mother’s Day song for you,” she said.

Leah Marlene started singing when she was 10 years old


Leah Marlene started singing when she was 10 years oldPhoto credit: Getty Images – Getty

Her songs were well received by the judges and viewers, who voted for Marlene to advance to the next level of the competition.

“People vote for people they connect with and people they like,” Marlene told Parade.

After her performance, Katy Perry told her, “You look like an angel and you sound like an angel.”

Meanwhile, Luke Bryan told Marlene that she owns every song she sang throughout the season.

“You’re just a great singer,” Bryan said. “You’re unbelievable. You’ve never gotten a bad grade in this competition. You always tell the story perfectly.

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How can I watch American Idol?

American Idol airs Monday through Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

Viewers can also tune in to FuboTV, Sling TV, Verizon Fios, YouTube TV, and Vidgo.

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