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La'Porsha Renae Jennings (born August 1, 1993) is an American singer from McComb, Mississippi, who finished as the Runner-Up in Season 15 of American Idol.

Background[]

La'Porsha Renae was a call representative from McComb, Mississippi, when she tried out for the show. At sixteen, she tried out for Season 10 of American Idol. After her college graduation at the age of twenty-two, she was a former victim of domestic abuse. After a year, she separated from her husband and moved to McComb with her one-month-old daughter, Nayalee Keya.

American Idol[]

La'Porsha auditioned in Little Rock, Arkansas, with "Creep" by Radiohead and received a ticket to Hollywood. She advanced passed Hollywood's Lines of Ten, Group Round, and performed "Roar" by Katy Perry for her Hollywood Solo round. She then advanced to Showcase week where she performed "The House of the Rising Sun" by the Animals and advanced to the Top 24. During the Top 24, she performed "Proud Mary" by Creedence Clearwater Revival and performed a duet with Fantasia Barrino singing "Summertime" by Janis Joplin. Afterwards, she advanced to the Top 14 where she received a designated spot in the Top 10 and didn't perform for America's Vote. During the Top 10 she performed "Diamonds" by Rihanna and advanced to the Top 8. During the Top 8, she performed "Halo" by Beyonce; her result is to be announced.

Performances[]

Week Theme Song(s) Original artist(s)
Auditions Contestant's choice "Creep" Radiohead
Hollywood Week, Part 1 First Solo "Roar" Katy Perry
Hollywood Week, Part 2 Group Round "Stayin' Alive" Bee Gees
Hollywood Week, Part 3 Second Solo Not aired
Final Judgment Final Solo "The House of the Rising Sun" The Animals
Top 24 Contestant's choice "Proud Mary" Tina Turner
Top 10 Contestant's choice "Diamonds" Rihanna
Top 8 Idol Grammy Award Hits "Halo" Beyoncé
Top 6 American Idol All Time Song Book "See You Again"
duet with Trent Harmon
Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth
"Come Together" The Beatles
Top 5 America's Twitter Song Choice "Ready for Love" India.Arie
"No More Drama" Mary J. Blige
Top 4 Classic Rock "Wanted Dead or Alive" Bon Jovi
Sia "Elastic Heart" Sia
Top 3 Hometown Dedication "Glory" Common (rapper) and John Legend
Scott Borchetta's Choice "Stay with Me " Lorraine Ellison
Judges' Choice "Hello" Adele
Top 2 Winner's single "Battles" La'Porsha Renae
Simon Fuller's Choice "A House Is Not a Home" Dionne Warwick
Favorite Performance "Diamond" Rihanna
Finale Finale show "It Takes Two "
small duet with Trent Harmon
Marvin Gaye and Kim Weston

Post Idol[]

Hours after the end of American Idol, Renae announced that she had been signed to Big Machine and Motown Records. Mentor and Big Machine Label Group CEO, Scott Borchetta told Billboard the reason for the signing is "Because of the overwhelming fan demand and success of the farewell season of American Idol." Ethiopia Habtemariam, president of MoTown Records will oversee Renae's album. In a post-Idol interview about her plans, Renae indicated she would be leaving Mississippi, and when asked about the Religious Liberty Accommodations Act, an anti-LGBT law in her home state she said "I am one of the people who don’t really agree with that lifestyle. I wasn't brought up that way." Renae's single "Battles" debuted at number 22 on the US R&B singles chart with a first-week sales total of 7,000.

Discography[]

Singles:

  • "Battles" (2016)

External Links[]

Season 15
Finalists
 ·Trent Harmon ·La'Porsha Renae ·Dalton Rapattoni ·MacKenzie Bourg ·Sonika Vaid ·Tristan McIntosh ·Lee Jean ·Avalon Young ·Gianna Isabella ·Olivia Rox
Semifinalists
 ·Jenn Blosil ·Jeneve Rose Mitchell ·Thomas Stringfellow ·Manny Torres
 ·James VIII ·Emily Brooke ·Amelia Eisenhauer ·C.J. Johnson ·Adam Lasher ·Stephany Negrete ·Jenna Renae ·Jordan Sasser ·Kory Wheeler ·Shelbie Z.
American Idol
Seasons
(FOX) ·1 ·2 ·3 ·4 ·5 ·6 ·7 ·8 ·9 ·10 ·11 ·12 ·13 ·14 ·15 — (ABC) ·16 ·17 ·18 ·19 ·20 ·21 ·22
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) ·Jennifer Lopez (Seasons 10-11|13-15)
 ·Steven Tyler (Seasons 10-11) ·Nicki Minaj (Season 12) ·Mariah Carey (Season 12) ·Keith Urban (Seasons 12-15)
 ·Harry Connick, Jr. (Seasons 13-15) ·Katy Perry (Seasons 16-22) ·Lionel Richie (Seasons 16+) ·Luke Bryan (Seasons 16+)
Personnel
 ·Ryan Seacrest (Seasons 1+) ·Brian Dunkleman (Season 1) ·Simon Fuller (Seasons 1-15) ·Nigel Lythgoe (Seasons 1-7/10-12) ·Megan Wolflick (Seasons 14+) ·Jimmy Iovine (Seasons 10-12) ·Scott Borchetta (Seasons 14-15) ·Bobby Bones (Seasons 16-19) ·Rickey Minor (Seasons 4-9/13-15) ·Ray Chew (Seasons 10-12) ·Kristopher Pooley (Seasons 16+) ·Michael Orland (Seasons 1-17) ·Debra Byrd (Seasons 1-10|) ·Peggi Blu (Seasons 10-11) ·Peisha McPhee (Seasons 10-13) ·Adriana McPhee (Seasons 17+) ·Devin Velez (S12; Seasons 22+) ·Allison Iraheta (S8; Seasons 13-15) ·Felicia Barton (S8; Seasons 16+)
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 ·Chayce Beckham ·Noah Thompson ·Iam Tongi ·Abi Carter
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 ·Willie Spence () ·HunterGirl ·Megan Danielle ·Will Moseley
Notable Alumni
 ·Alex Lambert ·Alex Preston ·Allegra Miles ·Angie Miller ·Anilee List ·Anoop Desai ·Beane ·Benson Boone ·Briston Maroney
 ·Brooke White ·Carly Smithson ·Casey Abrams ·Casey Bishop ·Cassandra Coleman ·Chris Daughtry ·Colton Dixon ·Danny Gokey ·David Brown ·DeAndre Brackensick ·Elise Testone ·Elliott Yamin ·Francisco Martin ·Fritz Hager ·Gabby Barrett
 ·Grace Kinstler ·Graham DeFranco ·Haley Reinhart ·Hollie Cavanagh ·Hunter Metts ·Jack Blocker ·Jacob Lusk
 ·James Durbin ·JAX ·Jen Hirsh ·Jennifer Hudson ·Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon ·Jessica Meuse ·Jimmie Allen ·Joey Cook
 ·Josh Gracin ·Joshua Ledet ·Jurnee ·Kaibrienne ·Katie Stevens ·Kayla Mickelsen ·Kellie Pickler ·Laci Kaye Booth ·LaToya London ·Lauren Daigle ·Lauren Spencer-Smith ·Leah Marlene ·Margie Mays ·Mario Vázquez ·Mary Jo Young ·Matt Giraud
 ·Megan Joy ·Melinda Doolittle ·Michael J. Woodard ·Nadia Turner ·Naima Adedapo ·Nikko Smith ·Paris Bennett
 ·Paul McDonald ·Phil Stacey ·Quentin Alexander ·Rayvon Owen ·Ricky Braddy ·Sanjaya Malakar ·Shubha Vedula ·Skylar Laine ·Sophia Wackerman ·Tamyra Gray ·Tim Halperin ·Todrick Hall ·Tori Kelly ·Vonzell Solomon ·Wé Ani ·Zachariah Smith
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" ·"Rise Up" ·"23" ·"One Day Tonight" ·"I'll Be Seeing You" ·"This Isn't Over"
R.†.P.
 ·Nikki McKibbin ·Rickey Smith ·Leah LaBelle ·Marque Lynche ·Mandisa ·Michael Johns ·Joanne Borgella ·C.J. Harris
 ·Alexis Cohen ·Austin Sisneros ·Jairon Jackson ·Mary Iaconelli ·Paula Goodspeed
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