A young Christian singer and songwriter took the final spot in the top 12 on American Idol.
During the show's episode on Monday, April 24, 21-year-old Megan Danielle from Douglasville, Georgia, sang "Thank God I Do" by Lauren Daigle after host Ryan Seacrest announced she won America's vote and would continue in the competition.
"It was Lauren Daigle who inspired her and sang with her back in the Vegas auditions, and she's paying homage again to her tonight," Seacrest said.
As Christian Headlines previously reported, Daigle surprised Danielle during her Feb. 19 audition and joined her in a duet of Daigle's song "You Say."
"I made the #Top12 of @AmericanIdol! There's no voting tonight but get ready to support me again next Sunday! It's the first live coast-to-coast vote! Thank you so much for your love and support and helping me to this point! Also – A HUGE shout out to @lauren_daigle!!! Thank you for writing this song. You're such an inspiration and I'll never give up #IDOL #Top12," Danielle wrote on Instagram.
Daigle commented on Danielle's post with three yellow heart emojis, ChurchLeaders.com reports.
During Danielle's "American Idol" audition tape, she explained that she used to sing in a band that played mainly in bars when she was 18.
"I didn't like performing at bars," she said, "because I felt like I had to act like someone I wasn't, so that people would like what they were hearing."
Danielle noted that her late grandfather encouraged her to switch to Christian music.
"There was one show I had one night, and my papa was there, and he pulled me to the side and said, 'what are you doing baby? This isn't what you're supposed to be doing.' He looked at me dead in the eye and said, 'how can you sing for God and sing for this?' And then I finally decided to totally switch to Christian music," she added.
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Milton Quintanilla is a freelance writer and content creator. He is a contributing writer for Christian Headlines and the host of the For Your Soul Podcast, a podcast devoted to sound doctrine and biblical truth. He holds a Masters of Divinity from Alliance Theological Seminary.