Willie Spence (born June 18th, 1999- ) was a contestant on Season 19 of American Idol.

Audition[edit | edit source]

Willie auditioned in San Diego. He sang "Diamonds" by Rihanna. All three judges voted "yes", sending him to the next round.

Hollywood Round[edit | edit source]

Willie was shown in the "R&B" category of the Genre Challenge. He sang "All of Me" by John Legend. He was later shown in a duet called "Destin2Be" with Kya Monee singing "Stay" by Rihanna, ft. Mikky Ekko. During the Showstoppers Round, he sang "I Was Here" by Beyonce. Afterwards, during the Final Judgment, the judges told him that he did enough to become a Top 24 semifinalist.

Top 24[edit | edit source]

Willie sang "Wind Beneath My Wings" by Bette Midler and "The Prayer" by Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli in a duet with Katharine McPhee. He received enough votes to be considered "safe".

Top 16[edit | edit source]

Willie sang "Set Fire to the Rain" by Adele. He received enough votes to become a Top 12 finalist. To celebrate, he sang "Diamonds" by Rihanna.

Top 12[edit | edit source]

Willie sang "Stand Up" by Cynthia Erivo (from Harriet). He received enough votes to be considered "safe" for another week.

Top 10[edit | edit source]

Willie sang "Circle of Life" by Elton John (from The Lion King). He received enough votes to be considered "safe" for another week.

Top 7[edit | edit source]

Willie sang "Yellow" by Coldplay and "You Are So Beautiful" by Joe Cocker. He received enough votes to be considered "safe" for another week.

Top 4[edit | edit source]

Willie sang "Glory" by John Legend and Common, "Never Be Alone", "I Was Here" by Beyonce and "What They'll Say About Us" by FINNEAS in a duet with Grace Kinstler. He received enough votes to advance to the Finale.

Season 19 Finale[edit | edit source]

Willie sang "Georgia on My Mind" by Ray Charles, "A Change is Gonna Come" by Sam Cooke and "Stand Up" by Cynthia Erivo. He received more votes than Grace Kinstler, but not more votes than Chayce Beckham, making him the runner-up.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Prior to his audition, Willie lost 180 pounds.
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