“American Idol” top-five finalist Caleb Kennedy has left the present after a video surfaced displaying him subsequent to somebody carrying what seems to be a Ku Klux Klan hood.
A consultant for the present confirmed to The Publish that Kennedy will not be shifting ahead within the competitors.
The singer, 16, posted a statement about his departure on Instagram Wednesday.
“Hey y’all, that is gonna be a little bit of a shock however I’m not gonna be on ‘American Idol,’” he wrote. “There was a video that surfaced on the web and it displayed actions that weren’t meant to be taken in that method. I used to be youthful and didn’t take into consideration the actions, however that’s not an excuse. I wanna make an apology to all my followers and everybody who I’ve let down. I’ll be taking slightly day off social media to raised myself, however saying that, I do know this has harm and upset lots of people and made individuals lose respect for me. I’m so sorry! I pray that I can in the future regain your belief in who I’m and have your respect! Thanks for supporting me.”
The remaining finalists embrace Willie Spence, Grace Kinstler, Chayce Beckham and Casey Bishop.
Kennedy’s mom, Anita Man, gave a statement to MSN claiming that the video was taken when Kennedy was 12 and impressed by a film he had seen.
“I hate this has occurred and the way Caleb is being portrayed by individuals on-line,” Man stated. “This video was taken after Caleb had watched the film ‘The Strangers: Prey at Night time’ they usually have been imitating these characters. It had nothing to do with the Ku Klux Klan, however I do know that’s the way it appears to be like. Caleb doesn’t have a racist bone in his physique. He loves everybody and has associates of all races.”
On Tuesday, Kennedy had posted an upbeat message on Instagram, thanking his followers for his or her assist. “Hey guys! So glad to have y’all on the journey with me via #Americanidol,” he wrote. “Additionally actually joyful to be within the studio engaged on songs!! I really like you guys a lot!!”
On the latest episode this previous Sunday, Could 9, Kennedy carried out a throaty model of the Coldplay music “Violet Hill,” plus an authentic tune, “Mama Mentioned,” based on Heavy.com.
Mid-afternoon Wednesday, the present posted a Twitter teaser that Billie Eilish’s brother Finneas would mentor finalists within the upcoming episode on Sunday, nevertheless it didn’t point out Kennedy’s transfer.
It’s not the one stunning exit this season on “American Idol.” Wyatt Pike, 20, left the competitors collection after making the highest 12, citing “private causes.”