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"Makin' Love" is the coronation song by Jonny West, who reached the Finale—jointly finishing in third place, alongside Dillon James and Francisco Martin, on Season 18 of American Idol.

Background[]

This song was penned solely by Jonny himself, and not previously recorded.[1] Unlike the other four contestants, Jonny's choice to do an original renders this a unique situation, as the first contestant ever to write their own coronation song.[2]

Performances[]

Jonny sung this song twice on the show: First, at his audition;[3] and again, as his final song in the competition, vying for a spot in the Top 2.[4]

Release[]

Despite his elimination, Jonny's original song was produced by Idol music director Kristopher Pooley and released through Hollywood Records, along with the rest of the Top 5's recordings.[5]

Trivia[]

  • Jonny was in a relationship with fellow Season 17 + 18 contestant Margie Mays at the time,[2] whom he came to accompany and support for her latter audition.[3] Along the way, he was cajoled into auditioning—which he did successfully, singing this song.[3] They both received Golden Tickets.
    • Noticeably absent during this performance, Margie and Jonny later revealed that the couple had split up acrimoniously prior to the Finale.[6]

See Also[]

  1. Just Sam - "Rise Up"
  2. Arthur Gunn - "Have You Ever Seen the Rain?"
  3. Francisco Martin - "Alaska"
  4. Dillon James - "The Times, They Are A-Changin'"

References[]

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