Josiah Leming (born March 26th, 1989) was a contestant on Season 7 of American Idol.

Audition[edit | edit source]

Josiah auditioned in Atlanta. He sang an original song called "To Run" and "Chasing Cars" by Snow Patrol. All three judges voted "yes", sending him to the next round.

Hollywood Round[edit | edit source]

Josiah was shown during the second day of Hollywood Week. He sang "Grace Kelly" by Mika while playing the keyboard. All three judges voted "yes", giving him a free pass to the final day of Hollywood Week. On the fourth day, he sang "Stand By Me" by Ben E. King without musical accompaniment. The judges panned his performance. In spite of this, Randy voted "yes" based on all his other performances, Paula also voted "yes" and Simon also voted "yes", sending him to the final fifty. During the final deliberation, it was revealed that he did not make the Top 24.

After the Show[edit | edit source]

Josiah landed a major label record deal with Warner Bros., making him the only American Idol contestant to not make the live shows to have a record deal.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Simon later felt that eliminating Josiah was a mistake. [1]
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