Johnny Keyser was a contestant on Season 11 and Season 12 of American Idol.

Season 11 Audition[edit | edit source]

Johnny auditioned in St. Louis. He sang "A Change is Gonna Come" by Sam Cooke. All three judges voted "yes", sending him to the next round.

Season 11 Hollywood Round[edit | edit source]

Johnny was shown in the first televised Group of Ten with Heejun Han. He sang "Dreamin'" by Amos Lee. He advanced and was shown in a group called "Area 451" with Bryce Garcia, Kristi Krause and Imani Handy singing "Broken Strings" by James Morrison and Nelly Furtado. Partway through their Group performance, Imani collapsed onstage. Thankfully, she was not hurt. Johnny was the only member of the group to advance. After his untelevised final solo performance, he was placed in the first deliberation room along with Jen Hirsh, Erika Van Pelt, Hallie Day, Adam Brock, Joshua Ledet, David Leathers, Jr., Creighton Fraker, Colton Dixon, Jermaine Jones, Elise Testone and Lauren Gray, where it was revealed that everyone in the room had advanced.

Season 11 Las Vegas Round[edit | edit source]

Johnny's time in Vegas wasn't shown much, but although he initally advanced, the judges informed him after the performances were over that he was in fact, eliminated.

After the Top 24 was announced, the judges said that they intended to have a surprise 13th male contestant in the semifinals. Johnny Keyser, Jermaine Jones, Richie Law and David Leathers, Jr. were considered. Ultimately, Jermaine was chosen.

Season 12 Audition[edit | edit source]

Johnny auditioned in Chicago. He sang "Try a Little Tenderness" by Otis Redding. All four judges voted "yes", sending him to the next round.

Season 12 Hollywood Round[edit | edit source]

Though not shown performing, he was shown in the same Group of Ten as Gabe Brown. He was later shown in a group called "Normal Hills" with Kareem Clark singing "I'll Be There" by The Four Tops. Everyone in his group advanced except Kareem. After his untelevised final solo performance, he advanced alongside Vincent Powell, Jimmy Smith and Nate Tao. He eventually did enough to make the Top 20 Guys.

Top 40[edit | edit source]

Johnny appeared in Male Group 1 and sang "I Won't Give Up" by Jason Mraz. Afterwards, the judges told him that he did not make the semifinals.

Season 12
Finalists
Candice Glover · Kree Harrison · Angie Miller · Amber Holcomb · Janelle Arthur · Lazaro Arbos · Burnell Taylor · Devin Velez · Paul Jolley · Curtis Finch, Jr.
Semifinalists
Charlie Askew · Nick Boddington · Aubrey Cleland · Zoanette Johnson · Adriana Latonio · Elijah Liu · Vincent Powell · Cortez Shaw · Breanna Steer · Tenna Torres
Quarterfinalists
Melinda Ademi · Juliana Chahayed · Cristabel Clack · JDA · Rachel Hale · Kevin Harris · Jett Hermano · Josh Holiday · Brandy Hotard · Isabelle · Johnny Keyser · Kamaria Ousley · Gurpreet Singh Sarin · Jimmy Smith · Bryant Tadeo · Mathenee Treco · Shubha Vedula · Chris Watson · David Oliver Willis · Jenny Beth Willis
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