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Alyssa Raghu (born March 2, 2002) was a contestant in Season 16 and Season 17 of American Idol.

Season 16 Audition[]

Alyssa auditioned in Los Angeles. She sang "Almost Is Never Enough" by Ariana Grande, ft. Nathan Sykes. All three judges voted "yes", sending her to the next round.

Season 16 Hollywood Round[]

Alyssa was shown singing "Wind Beneath My Wings" by Bette Midler in the first televised Group of Ten with Trevor McBane, Layla Spring and Caleb Lee Hutchinson. She advanced and was later shown in a group called "TACO" along with Catie Turner, Kyah Robinson and Victoria McQueen singing "La La La" by Sam Smith. She advanced along with Catie and Victoria. Though she was not shown during the Solo Rounds, she advanced to the Top 50. At the Final Judgment, it was revealed that she did enough to make it to the Top 24.

Top 24[]

Alyssa was shown in Group 2. She sang "Stay" by Rihanna, ft. Mikky Ekko and "Yellow" by Coldplay in a duet with Banners. She was eliminated at this stage of the competition.

Season 17 Audition[]

Alyssa auditioned in Los Angeles. She sang "Shark in the Water" by V.V. Brown. All three judges voted "yes", sending her to the next round.

Season 17 Hollywood Round[]

Alyssa was shown in the third part of Hollywood Week, singing "What About Us" by P!nk for her final solo performance. She was placed in the third deliberation room, along with Tyler Mitchell, Wade Cota, Dimitrius Graham, Bumbly, Kason Lester, Eddie Island, Shawn Robinson and Myra Tran. It was revealed that everyone in the room advanced.

Hawaii Round[]

Alyssa sang "Dear Future Husband" by Meghan Trainor. The judges felt she was good enough to become a semifinalist.

Top 20[]

Alyssa sang "Ain't It Fun" by Paramore and "Issues" by Julia Michaels in a duet with Michaels. Afterwards, the judges told her she did enough to become a Top 14 finalist.

Top 14[]

Alyssa sang "She Used to Be Mine" by Sara Bareilles during the Live Show. Next, she sang "The One That Got Away" by Katy Perry during the Results Show. She did not make the Top 7 in the voting, but was saved by Katy Perry, making her a Top 10 finalist.

Top 10[]

Alyssa sang "Colors of the Wind" by Vanessa Williams from Pocahontas. She received enough votes to be considered "safe" for another week.

Top 8[]

Alyssa sang "Somebody to Love" by Queen and "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" from Guardians of the Galaxy in a duet with Wade Cota. She, along with Walker Burroughs, received the lowest number of votes for that week, and the judges chose not to use their save, eliminating her from the competition.

Performances in American Idol[]

Round Song Choice Original Artist Theme (if any) Result
Auditions "Shark in the Water" V.V. Brown None Safe
Hollywood Week N/A Justin Bieber Hollywood Round 1 Safe
Hollywood Week (untelevised) N/A N.A Hollywood Round 2 Safe
Hollywood Week "What About Us" P!nk Hollywood Round 3 Safe
Final Showcase "Dear Future Husband" Meghan Trainor None Safe
Top 20 "Ain't It Fun"

"Issues" (with Julia Michaels)


Julia Michaels

None Safe
Top 14 "She Used to Be Mine"

"The One That Got Away"

Sara Bareilles

Katy Perry

None Bottom 7 (saved by Katy Perry)
Top 10 "Colors of the Wind" Vanessa Williams Disney Night Safe


  • Alyssa and Kay Kay are the first semifinalist contestants to audition in another year.
    • Alyssa is the first person in American Idol history to become a semifinalist twice in two separate years, as well as the only person to be a semifinalist in one year and a finalist in another.
  • The judges gave her the nickname, "The Sauce".
Season 16
Maddie Poppe ·Caleb Lee Hutchinson ·Gabby Barrett ·Cade Foehner ·Michael J. Woodard ·Jurnee ·Catie Turner ·Dennis Lorenzo ·Michelle Sussett ·Ada Vox ·Jonny Brenns ·Marcio Donaldson ·Garrett Jacobs ·Mara Justine
Ron Bultongez ·Amelia Hammer Harris ·Shannon O'Hara ·Effie Passero ·Alyssa Raghu ·Brandon Diaz ·Dominique ·Kay Kay ·Trevor McBane ·Layla Spring

Season 17
Laine Hardy ·Alejandro Aranda ·Madison Vandenburg ·Laci Kaye Booth ·Wade Cota ·Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon ·Walker Burroughs ·Alyssa Raghu ·Dimitrius Graham ·Uché ·Evelyn Cormier ·Ashley Hess ·Eddie Island ·Riley Thompson
Ryan Hammond ·Logan Johnson ·Raquel Trinidad ·Kate Barnette ·Bumbly ·Shawn Robinson