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Shelbie Zora James-Panter (born April 20, 1992),[1] known professionally as Shelbie Z.,[2] was a contestant on Season 15 of American Idol.


Shelbie auditioned in Denver.[2] She sang "Last Name" by Carrie Underwood.[2][3] All three judges voted "yes", sending her to the next round.[3]

Hollywood Round[]

Shelbie was shown during the first part of Hollywood Week (in the same Lines of Ten as Lee Jean and Melany Huber), singing "Medicine" by Grace Potter & The Nocturnals.[4] She advanced, and was next seen in a group called 'Singing Out Loud'[5]—with Ashley Lusk, Michelle Marie, and Lindsey Carrier, singing "Undo It" by Carrie Underwood.[5] Everyone in the group, except for Lindsey, advanced.[5] For Shelbie's third round solo performance, she sang "Alone" by Heart.[6] Afterwards, she was subsequently placed into a room, where everyone within made it through to the Showcase Round. For her final solo performance, Shelbie sang "Barracuda"—her second consecutive Heart song.[7][8] At the Final Judgment, the judges told her that she did enough to become a Top 24 semifinalist.[8]

Top 24[]

Shelbie performed during the Group 2 semifinals. She sang "Work Hard, Play Harder" by Gretchen Wilson for her solo performance.[9][10] For her Idol alumni duet, she and Season 4 finalist Constantine Maroulis sang "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen,[10] which he sang on Top 8 night during his season. Due to the absence of a public vote, the judges alone deliberated and opted not to select Shelbie as one of the seven contestants to advance to the next round,[10] thereby eliminating her from the competition.[10]

List of Performances[]

Stage Song Artist Result
Audition "Last Name" Carrie Underwood Advanced
"Tush" (N/A)* ZZ Top
Hollywood "Medicine" Grace Potter & The Nocturnals Advanced
"Undo It" (w/ Lindsey Carrier,
Ashley Lusk, & Michelle Marie)
Carrie Underwood Advanced
"Alone" Heart Advanced
Showcase "Barracuda" Top 24
Top 24 "Work Hard, Play Harder" Gretchen Wilson Eliminated
"Bohemian Rhapsody" Queen


Quick Links[]

  1. Shelbie Z. on Facebook
  2. Shelbie Z. on Instagram
  3. Shelbie Z. on YouTube