'American Idol': Taniya Boatright gets a NO from judges, fans say ‘they got it wrong’

The young crooner performed her rendition of ‘A Change Is Gonna Come’ by Sam Cooke but it did not really end up well with the judges


                            'American Idol': Taniya Boatright gets a NO from judges, fans say ‘they got it wrong’
Taniya Boatwright on 'American Idol' season 20 (Photo by ABC)
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The hashtag “#JusticeforTaniya” picked up the heat on Twitter over the weekend as singer Taniya Boatright failed to impress Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie on the third episode of ‘American Idol’ Season 20. Taniya, who is a high school pageant winner, during her audition revealed that she was heavily inspired by Season 19 finalist Willie Spence.
 
Taniya shared that she has been bullied all her life for her weight and Willie Spence was someone she looked up to. The young crooner then performed her rendition of ‘A Change Is Gonna Come’ by Sam Cooke but it did not really end up well with the judges. Katy Perry, while speaking to Taniya, confessed that she was expecting more from her adding that she hoped more volume as she seemed a bit restrained. Echoing similar sentiments, Luke Bryan stated that her set was more subtle than expected and contained. Lionel Richie then came with his shares of advice for the young singer asking the 17-year-old to practice more and come back after a few years. She eventually got rejected by Katy and Luke which clearly broke her heart.  
 
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‘They got it wrong’

Several agitated social media users rushed to Twitter to seek justice for Taniya as one of the users asked to, “BRING HER BACK!” Another shared, “#AmericanIdol is sending her home and taking Dakota to Hollywood is complete bullshit.” Whereas, one added, “That country boy Dakota was boring and couldn’t sing and he’s “top 10” but Taniya was a no” The next one posted, “She should've been given a second song! That was so frustrating -- she was beautiful & sooo talented.”
 
Meanwhile, one individual tweeted, “They got it wrong. She was amazing. You could tell she had more but was holding back. They should have given her the chance. So many more with far less talent went through.  You will be a star. Your voice is beautiful. Keep singing.” One stated, “Thats was a huge mistake #AmericanIdol for not letting taniya go throughh #justicefortaniya” And, another added, “They turned down Taniya, who killed it, but took the Tennessee whiskey guy? It's all rigged.” One user concluded, “Taniya was better than Emily Faith. But it's #AmericanIdol not the #TheVoice and Idol gives significant consideration to appearance and stage presence (the whole "idol" bit). They don't judge entirely on vocals. Emily Faith checked the non-vocal boxes Taniya didn't sadly.”

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