Nashville’s Tristan McIntosh Advances On ‘American Idol’

Pictured (L-R): Tristan McIntosh, Kellie Pickler

Pictured (L-R): Tristan McIntosh, Kellie Pickler

Tristan McIntosh, a 10th grader at the Nashville School of the Arts, is one step closer to becoming the next (and final) American Idol.

McIntosh has made it into the Top 14 so far, advancing into the Showcase Round on Thursday, Feb. 18, on this final season of American Idol. The 15-year-old shared the stage with Season 5’s sixth-place finalist Kellie Pickler, as the two performed Pickler’s “Best Days Of Your Life.”

Two Nashville contestants were eliminated during the episode, including McIntosh’s fellow Nashville School of the Arts student Amelia Eisenhauer, as well as 27-year-old barista Kory Wheeler. During the episode, Wheeler performed Elton John’s “Bennie and the Jets” (the song he used to audition for Idol), while Eisenhauer also performed with Pickler, in a rendition of Sara Evans’ hit “Suds In The Bucket.”

Other former American Idol contestants that returned to the stage last night included Chris Daughtry (Season 5), Haley Reinhart (Season 10), Jordin Sparks (Season 6 winner), David Cook (Season 7 winner), and Constantine Maroulis (Season 4).

Watch McIntosh and Pickler’s Idol duet below.


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