Aliana Jester thought she was alone in Hawaii, until it she gut a huge surprise. The American Idol Top 40 contestant sang “This is Me” from the film, The Greatest Showman, before the judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan. The next day she sat in front of the judges and received her final judgement. SPOILER ALERT! American Idol is at it again, delivering results ahead of the show. Aliana is in the Top 20!
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The singer struggled through her teen years. After her mom joined a strict religious sect, she kept Aliana isolated from other people as punishment for dating a boy she didn’t like. After her father rescued her from her fraught circumstances a few years ago, the singer has been healing through music, and the companionship of and adorable rescue dog.
The American Idol Hawaii Showcase/Final Judgement concludes on Sunday. By the episode’s end, the entire Top 20 (ish) will be revealed. It airs on ABC on Sunday April 5 at 8 pm ET/PT.
Watch Aliana Jester perform This Is Me from The Greatest Showman from Sunday’s American Idol.