Hunter auditioned in Nashville. She sang "Riot" by Rascal Flatts. All three judges voted "yes", sending her to the next round.
Later, Luke Bryan invited her to perform at his bar Luke's 32 Bridge in Nashville. Whilst there, the judges revealed that she received the Platinum Ticket, giving her the ability to skip the first part of Hollywood Week.
Because Hunter received the Platinum Ticket, she received the honour of being able to pick her duet partner. She picked Cole Wesley Ritter. Performing as "Backwood Mac", they sang "Dreams" by Fleetwood Mac. For her final solo performance, she sang "Girl Goin' Nowhere" by Ashley McBryde. Afterwards, the judges told her that she did enough to make the Top 24.
Hunter appeared in Group 1 and sang "Banjo" by Rascal Flatts. She received enough votes to advance.
Hunter sang an original song called "Heartbreak Down". She receive enough votes to place in the Top 10, making her a finalist. To celebrate, she sang "Vice" by Miranda Lambert.
Hunter sang "Baby Girl" by Sugarland. She received enough votes to be "safe" for another week.
Hunter sang "I See the Light" from Tangled. She received enough votes to be "safe" for another week.
Hunter sang "You Broke Me First" by Tate McRae and "Like My Mother Does" by Lauren Alaina. She received enough votes to be "safe" for another week.
Hunter sang "Undo it" by Carrie Underwood and "Girl Crush" by Little Big Town. She received enough votes to land a spot in the Finale.
Hunter sang "Dancing in the Dark" by Bruce Springsteen, "Red Bird" and a reprise "Riot" by Rascal Flatts. She received more votes than Leah Marlene, but not more votes than Noah Thompson, making her the runner-up.
- Huntergirl made it further than any single-named contestant in American Idol history.
- Huntergirl is the first female runner-up of the reboot series.