'American Idol' Season 20: Who is Danielle Finn? Jewish singer, 17, calls herself a modern orthodox

Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and singer Lionel Richie will be returning as judges whereas, Ryan Seacrest will take over the hosting responsibilities


                            'American Idol' Season 20: Who is Danielle Finn? Jewish singer, 17, calls herself a modern orthodox
Danielle Finn on 'American Idol' 20 (Photo by ABC Network)
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After crowning Chayce Beckham as the winner of Season 19, ‘American Idol’ is all set to return with Season 20. The show will embark on a new journey with fresh contestants picked after live auditions. Pop princess Katy Perry, country music icon Luke Bryan, and singer-songwriter Lionel Richie will be seen once again as judges on the ABC Network. Ryan Seacrest will take care of the hosting responsibilities.
 
Contestants namely, Grace Franklin, Noah Thompson, Delaney Renee Wilson, Taylor Jalen Fagins, Tyler Allen, and Cole Hallman along with a few others are expected to impress the judges in the very first episode of the singing reality show. Danielle Finn is a teen singer who is expected to wow the trio with her powerful vocals. ‘American Idol’ Season 20 will be aired on ABC Network for the fifth year. It was earlier aired on Fox for 15 seasons.
 
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Who is Danielle Finn?

Danielle Finn is a 17-year-old crooner, who will be seen in the latest season of ‘American Idol’ 20. The Jewish singer dubs herself as a Modern Orthodox who attends Shalhevet High School, and is a member of the Choirhawks- an a cappella group. On Instagram, she has a little over 1K followers but on TikTok she managed to pull close to 30K fans and followers after one of her covers on Sam Smith’s ‘Palace’ went viral. The teen singer in an interview with Jewish Telegraphic Agency spoke about making it to the auditions of the reality show saying, “I told all my friends that I was going to go and they were freaking out. My teachers were so excited for me too.”  Her Instagram bio tells us that she is a “LA Baby.”

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Speaking of her Jewish observance, she told the publication, “I’m Modern Orthodox. I love my school because it’s a place where you can learn to be your own Jew and person. For example, they let me sing the national anthem at a basketball game.” She continued, “It was definitely a question because there were a lot of other religious schools there that don’t accept it [a woman singing alone in front of men]. But they made an announcement and anyone who wanted to leave the room could” adding, “They said that this was something that we do in our school and we don’t want to hide from that. So they let me sing. I think it’s super fun to be able to do that.” Finn is also a songwriter who will soon drop a new single called ‘Brace Yourself.’
 

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When will ‘American Idol’ 20 air?

The 20th season of ‘American Idol’ is all set to debut on Sunday, February 27 at 8pm ET. The show is expected to hit the ABC Network with 18 episodes and might wrap up in late May. The auditions for the new season were held in Los Angeles, Austin, and Nashville. Online auditions too happened with virtual sessions. While the format of the show will remain the same, a new platinum ticket has been introduced that would allow the holders to skip the first day of Hollywood Week.

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