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Triston Harper (born June 17, 2008)[1] was a contestant on Season 22 of American Idol.

Audition[]

Triston auditioned in Tuskegee. He sang "Cover Me Up" by Jason Isbell. All three judges voted "yes", sending him to the next round.

Hollywood Round[]

Triston was the first contestant shown at the Idol Arena. He sang an original song, which was co-written by a fellow church parishioner of Triston's, called "Wrapped Up in Jesus". He was subsequently put in the same group as Hailey Mia, Dawson Slade, Justice Murphy, Ty'Esha La'Shae, KBlocks, Jordan Anthony, Mackenzie Sol, Jennifer Jeffries, Will Moseley, Micaela McCall, Brant McCollough, and Scarlett Lee where the judges told them that they all advanced. For his final solo performance, he sang "By Your Grace" by Cody Johnson. At the Final Judgment, the judges told him that he did enough to become a Top 24 semifinalist.

Top 24 (Hawaii Round)[]

Triston was mentored by Jelly Roll in Group 2. He sang "God's Country" by Blake Shelton. He received enough votes to be considered "safe" for another week.

Top 20[]

Triston sang an original song called "H-O-P-E". He received enough votes to place amongst the Top 10 in the results, making him a Top 14 finalist. In celebration, he sang "'Til You Can't" by Cody Johnson.

Top 14[]

Triston sang "Heartbreak Hotel" by Elvis Presley. He received enough votes to be considered "safe".

Top 12[]

Triston sang "Beautiful Crazy" by Luke Combs. He received enough votes to be considered "safe".

Top 10[]

Triston sang "She's Country" by Jason Aldean. He received enough votes to be considered "safe".

Top 8[]

Triston sang "Sand in My Boots" by Morgan Wallen, as chosen by Lionel Richie. He also sang "What Makes You Country" by Luke Bryan, as a duet with Will Moseley. He received enough votes to be considered "safe".

Top 7[]

Triston sang "T-R-O-U-B-L-E" by Travis Tritt (originally by Elvis Presley); and "Easy on Me" by Adele. He received enough votes to be considered "safe".

Top 5[]

Triston sang "Almost There" by Anika Noni Rose (from The Princess and The Frog); and "Life is a Highway" by Tom Cochrane, as covered by Rascal Flatts (from Cars). He, alongside Emmy Russell, received the lowest number of votes, thus eliminating him from the competition.

List of Performances[]

Stage Song Artist Result
Audition "Cover Me Up" Jason Isbell Advanced
Hollywood: Idol Arena "Wrapped Up in Jesus" Triston Harper Advanced
Showstopper Round "By Your Grace" Cody Johnson Top 24
Top 24 (Hawaii) "God's Country" Blake Shelton Safe
Top 20 "H-O-P-E" Triston Harper Top 14
"'Til You Can't" Cody Johnson Victory Song
Top 14 "Heartbreak Hotel" Elvis Presley Safe
Top 12 "Beautiful Crazy" Luke Combs Safe
Top 10 "She's Country" Jason Aldean Safe
Top 8 "What Makes You Country" (w/ Will Moseley) Luke Bryan Safe
"Sand in My Boots" Morgan Wallen
Top 7 "T-R-O-U-B-L-E" Travis Tritt Safe
"Easy on Me" Adele
Top 5 "Almost There" (from The Princess and the Frog) Anika Noni Rose Eliminated
"Life is a Highway" (from Cars) Rascal Flatts

Trivia[]

  • Triston is the first Indigenous finalist, whose heritage stems from the MOWA Band of Choctaw Indians.[2]

Quick Links[]

  1. Triston Harper on TikTok
  2. Triston Harper on Instagram
  3. Triston Harper on Facebook

References[]

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