'American Idol' Dropout Kenedi Anderson Shares Surprising Next Move

Former American Idol Platinum Ticket winner Kenedi Anderson, who dropped out of the singing competition during the Hawaii episodes in 2022 with no explanation as to why, announced last week that she was taking a pause in her music career to serve an 18-month mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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The lengthy post included a photo of her holding The Book of Morman, and begins:

“I’ve chosen to serve a full-time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Dedicating 18 months of my life to serve my Lord and Savior is the least I can do after all God has blessed me with. I hope to return a more Christlike and charitable person. I also hope to help others find the joy and peace that I have found in this gospel. All I’ve ever wanted to do with my music, is to help others feel healed & heard the way that I’ve felt those things through music. So hopefully this is one step closer to that goal. I truly believe that this is where I’m supposed to be in my life right now and what I’m supposed to be doing.”

Kenedi went on to clarify that she isn’t quitting music, but rather taking a “break to focus on what God has called me to do, but I will be back before you know it! And you better believe that I’ll be working harder than ever to put music out for y’all!!”

She closed the post saying, “Lastly, I am grateful for every single one of y’all and I am so hopeful for the future. I’m so so grateful for the life that I get to live and I intend to take every chance I get to live it to the fullest!! You should too! Take chances! Be brave! I love you! 💖”

Not all of the comments were kind and Kenedi made the decision to turn them off. But she didn't let it end there. She made a second post simply stating, “Unbothered 💋”

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And in a TikTok post, she read the letter from the church, revealing her mission location will be in Hawaii Honolulu Mission and will begin on July 15.

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In April 2022, Anderson quit Season 20 of American Idol writing on social media “For personal reasons, I’m unable to continue on American Idol. This has been one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make, but I know it’s necessary. I’m so grateful to American Idol, the judges, the producers, the amazing contestants, and all the fans who have supported me.”