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Makayla Phillips (born July 8, 2002)[1] was a contestant in Season 18 and Season 19 of American Idol.


Makayla auditioned in Los Angeles. She sang "Who's Lovin' You" by The Miracles. Katy and Luke voted "yes", sending her to the next round.

Hollywood Round[]

Makayla was shown in the "R&B" category for the "Genre Challenge", alongside Cyniah Elise, Just Sam, and Jordan Jones. She sang "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" by Jennifer Holliday. Afterwards, the judges told her that she advanced. Later, she was shown in a duet with Cyniah Elise called "Diva Show" singing "The Prayer" by Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli. Both members of the duet advanced. For her final Solo performance, she sang "Cuz I Love You" by Lizzo. She was later placed in the same deliberation room as Jonny West, Arthur Gunn, Sophia Wackerman, Franklin Boone, Kimmy Gabriela, Francisco Martin, DeWayne Crocker Jr., Cyniah Elise, and Lauren Mascitti, where it was revealed by the judges that everyone had advanced.

Hawaii Round[]

Makayla sang "Sorry Not Sorry" by Demi Lovato. Afterwards, the judges told her she did enough to become a Top 20 finalist.

This Is Me[]

Top 20[]

Makayla sang "Greedy" by Ariana Grande. She did not receive enough votes to finish in the Top 10, however the judges chose to use their Save on her, making her a Top 11 finalist.

Top 11[]

Makayla sang "The House That Built Me" by Miranda Lambert. She did not receive enough votes to place in the Top 7, eliminating her from the competition alongside Grace Leer, Jovin Webb, and Sophia James.

The Comeback[]

Makayla sang "Anyone" by Demi Lovato. She did not receive enough votes to land a spot in the Top 10.


Round Song Choice Original Artist Theme (if any) Result
Auditions "Who's Lovin' You" The Miracles None Safe
Hollywood Week "And I'm Telling You I'm Not Going" Jennifer Holliday Hollywood Round 1 Safe
Hollywood Week "The Prayer" Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli Hollywood Round 2 Safe
Hollywood Week "Cuz I Love You" Lizzo Hollywood Round 3 Safe
Hawaii Round "Sorry Not Sorry" Demi Lovato Showcase Round Advanced
Top 20 "Greedy" Ariana Grande None Saved
Top 11 "The House That Built Me" Miranda Lambert Homeward Bound Eliminated


  • Makayla auditioned for the thirteenth season of America's Got Talent. Judge Heidi Klum hit her Golden Buzzer for her. Makayla finished as a semifinalist.
    • Makayla is the second of Heidi Klum's Golden Buzzers to be an American Idol contestant after Sal Valentinetti.
  • Makayla performed "Might+U" and "Might," two insert themes from the anime series My Hero Academia. "Might+U" can be heard in the movie My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising and "Might" can be heard in the thirteenth episode of the show's fourth season.


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