Avalon Jean Young (born July 16, 1994) is an American singer from San Diego, California, who finished in the Top 8 on Season 15 of American Idol.

Background[edit | edit source]

She was named by her mother after the album of the same name by Roxy Music. She learned how to play guitar during her middle school. Young began singing during her senior year and was a band member of Over the Edge. Young originally worked as a server at a restaurant.

American Idol[edit | edit source]

Avalon Young auditioned in San Francisco with Beyonce's "XO" and received a ticket to Hollywood. She advanced past Hollywood's Lines of Ten, Group Round, and performed "One Last Time" by Ariana Grande for her Hollywood Solo round. She then advanced to Showcase week where she performed "Yo (Excuse Me Miss)" by Chris Brown and advanced to the Top 24. During the Top 24, she performed "Love Yourself" by Justin Bieber and performed a duet with Ruben Studdard singing his coronation song titled "Flying Without Wings". Afterwards, she advanced to the Top 14 where she performed a reprise of "Yo (Excuse Me Miss)" by Chris Brown for America's Vote. She secured herself a spot in Season 15's Top 10 where she performed "Stitches" by Shawn Mendes. She ended up in the Bottom 3 with fellow contestants Olivia Rox and Gianna Isabella but was chosen by the judges to continue on to the Top 8. For the Top 8, she performed "Earned It" by The Weekend and was eliminated in a double elimination with fellow contestant Lee Jean.

Performances[edit | edit source]

Episode Theme Song choice Original artist Order # Result
Audition Auditioner's Choice "XO" Beyonce N/A Advanced
Hollywood Round, Lines of Ten A Capella *unaired - Genie in a Bottle Christina Aguilera N/A Advanced
Hollywood Round, Group Round Group Performance DJ Got Us Fallin' in Love Usher N/A Advanced
Hollywood Round, Solo Round Solo "One Last Time" Ariana Grande N/A Advanced
Showcase Week Personal Choice "Yo (Excuse Me Miss)" Chris Brown N/A Advanced
Top 24 Contestant's Choice & Idol Duets "Love Yourself'" Justin Bieber 9 Advanced
Duet "Flying Without Wings" with Ruben Studdard Ruben Studdard 9
Top 14 Favorite Moment "Yo (Excuse Me Miss)" Chris Brown 5 Advanced
Top 10 Contestant's Choice "Stitches" Shawn Mendes 4 Bottom 3
Top 8 Idol Grammy Hits "Earned It" The Weekend 8 Eliminated

Post Idol[edit | edit source]

After her time on the show, Avalon did some interviews. She would release her first single, "What's Real", on May 1, 2016.

Discography[edit | edit source]

Singles:

  • "What's Real" (2016)


Season 15
Finalists
Trent Harmon ·La'Porsha Renae ·Dalton Rapattoni ·MacKenzie Bourg ·Sonika Vaid ·Tristan McIntosh ·Lee Jean ·Avalon Young ·Gianna Isabella ·Olivia Rox
American Idol
Seasons
1  · 2  · 3  · 4 · 5  · 6  · 7  · 8  · 9  · 10  · 11 · 12 · 13 · 14 · 15 · 16 · 17 · 18 · 19
Judges
Simon Cowell (Seasons 1-9)  · Paula Abdul (Seasons 1-8) · Randy Jackson (Seasons 1-12) · Kara DioGuardi (Seasons 8-9) · Ellen DeGeneres (Season 9) · Steven Tyler (Seasons 10-11)  · Nicki Minaj (Season 12)  · Mariah Carey (Season 12) · Jennifer Lopez (Seasons 10-11,13-15)  · Keith Urban (Seasons 12-15)  · Harry Connick, Jr. (Seasons 13-15)  · Katy Perry (Seasons 16-)  · Luke Bryan (Seasons 16-)  · Lionel Richie (Seasons 16-)
Hosts
Ryan Seacrest (Seasons 1-16) · Brian Dunkleman (Season 1)
Winners
Kelly Clarkson · Ruben Studdard · Fantasia Barrino · Carrie Underwood · Taylor Hicks · Jordin Sparks · David Cook · Kris Allen · Lee DeWyze · Scotty McCreery · Phillip Phillips · Candice Glover · Caleb Johnson · Nick Fradiani · Trent Harmon · Maddie Poppe · Laine Hardy · Just Sam
Runners-up
Justin Guarini · Clay Aiken · Diana DeGarmo · Bo Bice · Katharine McPhee · Blake Lewis · David Archuleta · Adam Lambert · Crystal Bowersox · Lauren Alaina · Jessica Sanchez · Kree Harrison · Jena Irene · Clark Beckham · La'Porsha Renae · Caleb Lee Hutchinson · Alejandro Aranda · Arthur Gunn
Coronation Songs
"A Moment Like This" · "Flying Without Wings" · "I Believe" · "Inside Your Heaven" · "Do I Make You Proud" · "This Is My Now" · "The Time of My Life" · "No Boundaries" · "Beautiful Day" · "I Love You This Big" · "Home" · "I Am Beautiful" · "As Long As You Love Me" · "Beautiful Life" · "Falling" · "Going Going Gone" · "Flame"
Spin-offs
From Justin to Kelly · Juniors · Christmas
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