American Idol Alum Mishavonna Henson Homeless, Asks For Help

Mishavonna Henson

American Idol standout, Mishavonna Henson advanced to the season 8 Top 36. But a stacked week of semi-finals that included Kris Allen, Adam Lambert and Allison Iraheta meant she didn’t stand a chance to advance. Nevertheless, her Hollywood and semi-final performances garnered her an enthusiastic following. After the season, the singer disappeared, more or less. Now she needs your help.

The singer, who was only 18 in 2009 when she competed on the show, has created a GoFundMe to raise money. She’s homeless, has no medical insurance, and suffers from several mental and physical ailments.

To help her out, CLICK ON THIS LINK

Mishavonna headlines her fundraiser, “Help Me Stay Alive”

Mishavonna Henson Fundraiser

Mishavonna writes:

“Hi everyone! My name is Mishavonna, and I have recently become homeless,” she writes. “I currently live in my car, and besides being nearly 4 months late on my car payment, my battery is dying, my oil is basically putrid, and I can’t run the AC even though it’s the middle of summer.”

She continues, “On top of all of that, I have SO many hospital bills. I’ve visited the ER five times this year already. And lastly, but probably the most important, I can’t afford my insurance which means I can’t afford my medications and that will end up deadly. I’m diagnosed schizoaffective, I have Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, and Gastroparesis. I absolutely cannot go without my meds.

“So if any of you kind people would care to donate I will be forever grateful. Literally every penny counts. This is very much life or death. Thank you in advanced!”

American Idol didn’t air Mishovanna’s audition. But once she appeared in Hollywood, fans noticed. Her Top 36 performance of Train’s “Drops of Jupiter” solidified her position as a fan favorite. 

After her run on Idol, Mishavonna disappeared

When FOX aired American Idol’s last season on the network, outlets reached out to speak with alums of the show. The Orange County Register caught up with a bunch of local alums, but noted that their reporters couldn’t track Mishavonna down. “Of all the “Idol” singers connected to Orange County,” The OC Register stated, “she’s the hardest to track down today. She cut a Christmas duet with country star Crystal Gayle in 2010 and got married a couple of years later. After that, her website goes dormant and her social media goes cold.” However, she did join TikTok in 2021 and posted a few covers.

Mishavonna’s mother reportedly “ripped into her” after her season 7 elimination

Another little tidbit: Season 7 alum Jason Yeager posted snarky Season 8 recaps. Mishavonna was actually a season 7 returnee, cut in Hollywood, and never highlighted. Jason shared a dishy story about Mishovanna’s Hollywood elimination. “According to Jason, she was “balling her eyes out” when she was cut from Hollywood, while her mother “ripped into her…said awful things to her…broke her spirit.”

“She was a mess, ” says Jason. He claims Misha’s mom is the worst kind of stage mom and that he, David Cook and Michael Johns were all “really upset.” It begs the question, where is Mishavonna family? The stage mother accusation is interesting. Mishavonna nabbed guest spots on various network shows, acting alongside Kelsey Grammer and Nathan Lane.

So far, Mishavonna has raised $100 in the 10 hours the fundraiser has been live. I’m sure her fans can change that.

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