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Uchechukwu Walter Ndubizu-Egwin-Okoli (born July 15, 1994), known professionally as Uché, was a contestant on Season 17 of American Idol.


Uché auditioned in Coeur d'Alene. He sang "Ain't No Other Man" by Christina Aguilera and "God is Able" by Ron Kenoly. Although Lionel originally voted "no", he later changed his mind and voted "yes". Katy and Luke also voted "yes", sending him to the next round.

Hollywood Round[]

Uché was shown in the third part of Hollywood Week, singing "Scars to Your Beautiful" by Alessia Cara for his final solo performance. He was placed in the first deliberation room, along with Johanna Jones, Laci Kaye Booth, Alejandro Aranda, Nick Townsend, Laine Hardy, Walker Burroughs, Margie Mays, Shayy, Drake McCain, Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon, Ryan Hammond, Kai the Singer, Evelyn Cormier and Madison Vandenburg. It was revealed that everyone in the room advanced.

Hawaii Round[]

Uché sang "Play That Funky Music" by Wild Cherry. Afterwards, the judges told him he did enough to become a semifinalist.

Top 20[]

Uché sang "Figures" by Jessie Reyez and "I Need Your Love" by Shaggy in a duet with Shaggy. Afterwards, the judges told him he did enough to become a Top 14 finalist.

Top 14[]

Uché sang "Finesse" by Cardi B, ft. Bruno Mars during the Live Show. Next, he sang "Diamonds" by Rihanna during the Results Show. He was not placed in the Top 7 in the voting but was saved by Lionel Richie, making him a Top 10 finalist.

Top 10[]

Uché sang "I2I" by Tevin Campbell and Rose Gaines from A Goofy Movie. He and Dimitrius Graham received the lowest number of votes, and the judges chose not to save him, eliminating him from the competition.


  • Uché, alongside Kayko, made it further than any contestant with a hyphenated surname.
Season 17
 ·Laine Hardy ·Alejandro Aranda ·Madison VanDenburg ·Laci Kaye Booth ·Wade Cota ·Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon ·Walker Burroughs ·Alyssa Raghu ·Dimitrius Graham ·Uché
 ·Evelyn Cormier ·Ashley Hess ·Eddie Island ·Riley Thompson
 ·Kate Barnette ·Bumbly ·Ryan Hammond ·Logan Johnson ·Shawn Robinson ·Raquel Trinidad