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Nutsa Buzaladze (ნუცა ბუზალაძე / born January 28, 1997) known mononymously as Nutsa, was a contestant on Season 21 of American Idol.

Audition[]

Nutsa auditioned in Las Vegas. She sang "Lady Marmalade" by LaBelle. Katy felt that her audition was "too much", and requested a second song. She then sang "Greatest Love of All" by Whitney Houston. All three judges voted "yes", sending her to the next round.

Hollywood Round[]

Nutsa chose to work on her Stage Presence in the first round of Hollywood Round. She sang "I Surrender" by Celine Dion. In the second part of Hollywood Week, she was shown in a duet with Carina Deangelo called "The Jet Setters", singing "I Put a Spell on You" by Screamin' Jay Hawkins. During her final solo performance, she sang "Proud Mary" by Tina Turner. Afterwards, the judges told her that she did enough to become a Top 26 finalist.

Top 26 (Hawaii Round)[]

Nutsa sang "Paris (Ooh La La)" by Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. She received enough votes to be deemed "safe" for another week.

Top 20[]

Nutsa sang "Un-Break My Heart" by Toni Braxton. She did not receive enough votes to make the Top 10, putting her in danger of elimination. She then sang "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" from Dreamgirls. The judges chose to save her from elimination, making her a finalist.

Top 12[]

Nutsa sang "The Show Must Go On" by Queen. She, along with Lucy Love received the lowest number of votes for that round, eliminating her from the competition.

American idol Performances[]

Stage Song Original Artist Result
Audition Lady Marmalade LaBelle
Hollywood Round I Surrender Celine Dion
Top 26 Hawaii Round) Paris Ooh La La Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
Top 20 Un-Break My Heart Toni Braxton
Top 12 The Show Must Go on Queen

Trivia[]

  • Prior to her appearance, Nutsa had competed on the Russian version of All Together Now. She made it to the Finale, coming in 2nd place.
  • Nutsa is the first person from a foreign country outside North America (on a visa, rather than as an established U.S. citizen) to become both a semifinalist and finalist, as well as the third contestant not from the United States to become a semifinalist after Lauren Spencer-Smith and Nicolina.
  • Although the marquee listed "Lady Marmalade" as being original sung by LaBelle, Nutsa's inclusion of the "Moulin Rouge" lyric means that she was singing the rendition by P!nk, Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim & Mya and not the LaBelle version, which featured the lyric "New Orleans" instead.
  • Nutsa represented her home country of Georgia at the 2024 Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö, Sweden with the song "Firefighter". She qualified from the second semifinal, ending her country's 6-edition non-qualifying streak, and finished in 21st place in the grand final.
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