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American Idol Standout Louis Knight’s Next Steps

Carrie’s Chronicles | Written by Carrie Berk, with additional reporting by Gabriela Vascimini | Link

Louis Knight captured hearts across the country during his time on American Idol this past season—now he’s slated to become the knight in shining armor to your summer playlist. The 19-year-old made it all the way to the show’s Top Seven, connecting to the audience and judges on a deeper level than most of his fellow competitors. Even as the series shifted to at-home only, the more intimate setting of his performances lent itself perfectly to his unique tone. Now, the singer is releasing music of his own with an equally emotional pull, whether you’re watching him perform live or listening to his tunes on loop through your iPhone. His latest release, “Maybe That,” shines in a stripped-down music video—solely Knight, his piano and his extensive vocal range. Get to know the artist as he reflects on his Idol experience and explains the inspiration behind his latest hit.

Why did you decide to audition for American Idol?
The opportunity to audition completely fell out of the sky. I was trying to engage more on social media and grow my Instagram account. I randomly commented on a girl’s singing video, and a casting producer, Shae Wilbur (now a great friend!), saw my comment and looked at my music. She reached out asking if I’d be interested in auditioning for Idol—I didn’t even think it was real! I was a little skeptical at first because I’d put everything into my original music and was pursuing the path of becoming a singer-songwriter. The thought of having to sing other people’s songs worried me because I didn’t want to sacrifice the artistry I’d been trying to build. But once I heard I’d be able to perform my original song, “Change,” I knew I had to go on the show. It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I learned that there’s more than one path to get to your destination.

What’s one thing that surprised you once you were accepted on the show?
The friends I made. We all went through such an incredible, challenging, unique experience together, and we saw each other at our highest and lowest points. We all became a family, and I’m so grateful. I also grew close to the production team—they’re all amazing people.

What’s one piece of advice a judge gave you that you’ll carry throughout your career?
In Hawaii, Katy Perry said to “get back to singing from your heart.” That’s the whole reason I do what I do, especially why I write music. It was easy to forget that for a moment amid everything going on and the anxiety of the competition.

How did you adapt to the challenges that came with at-home live shows?
I’m so happy and grateful that production was determined to keep the show on air and finish out the season as best as they possibly could. The biggest challenge for me with the at-home live shows was trying to connect to the song and have everyone at home connect as well. It was definitely difficult to do through an iPhone, but it really helped me grow as a performer.

Did your experience on the show inspire your new single, “Maybe That,” at all? Tell us about what it was like producing the tune.
“Maybe That” is a sad love song. It’s about self-reflecting a year after a relationship has ended. One person has moved on, and the other hasn’t. In this case, the one who didn’t move on was me. I haven’t recorded the fully-produced version yet, as my studio is closed due to the pandemic. However, thanks to everything Idol taught me while at home, I was able to film the song on my iPhone in one take. It means so much to me, I just had to get it out there. I can’t wait to start working on the full production soon.

What message do you hope people will take away from the song?
I hope people can connect to it and know they’re not alone. We all experience loss in different ways. In this case, it was heartbreak and the thoughts that shake you for a while after a relationship. We’re often stuck thinking, “What if I had done this or done that differently?”

What’s up next in your music career?
My next single, “Twisted Conversations” will be released on July 6th on all streaming platforms. I’m planning to release a new song every other month, and I can’t wait to share all of them with the world. Also, as soon as it’s safe to, I’m planning to tour throughout America!

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Q&A with American Idol Finalist Louis Knight

Mainline Today | Written by Melissa Jacobs | Link

The Lower Merion High School graduate discusses his experience on the show.

When COVID-19 concerns moved American Idol from Los Angeles to contestants’ homes, 19-year-old Louis Knight returned to Narberth and, with help from producers, transformed his family’s house into a TV recording studio. Although he didn’t win the singing competition, our Best Breakout Act finished in the final seven. Since then, Knight has released “Maybe That” and “Twisted Conversations,” with more new music on the way.

MLT: How did American Idol first contact you?
LK: At the end of September 2019, I got an Instagram DM from a casting producer. I wasn’t sure if it was real, so I forwarded it to my manager. He sussed it out and confirmed that it was actually from American Idol.

MLT: At that point, what was the status of your music career?
LK: I’d recorded my EP Small Victories, performed at MilkBoy, and done open mikes at Dawson Street Pub, the Grape Room and World Café Live. I had a band together, and we were planning to start gigging up and down the East Coast.

MLT: You graduated from Lower Merion High School in 2018. What about college?
LK: I took a gap year which, in my mind, was not so much a year as an open-ended period. Writing songs is my calling. There’s no other option for me—I was going to make this happen. I’m lucky to have the support of my parents.

MLT: Tell us about “Change,” which you wrote for your EP and performed for your Idol audition.
LK: During senior year at Lower Merion, my friend Russell committed suicide. I tried to write about the situation many times, but nothing worked. One morning, I went down to the piano, and the song poured out of me. In 30 minutes, it was complete.

MLT: Was performing at home helpful or harmful?
LK: Definitely helpful. This house is where I’ve written all of my music. It’s great to have my mom and dad peeking their heads in the door and giving me feedback.

MLT: What was the reaction from your Narberth neighbors?
LK: They’ve been incredible. Some people drove by the house before shows. They’d wave and say good luck.

MLT: What does the future hold?
LK: I’d love to get into a recording studio. I do look forward to playing in front of a live audience… and not just my family on our porch.

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Louis Knight Talks New Single, Idol Memories and How His Dad Influenced His Career

Music Mayhem | Written by Andrew Wendowski | Link

Louis Knight is an artist originally from London, now a Philadelphia resident and was one of the Top 7 American Idol Finalists from Season 18. On American Idol, Luke Bryan claimed that Knight, “might be the biggest star we’ve had on American Idol” following his performance of his original song, “Change” and Katy Perry labeled him, “such a big star!”

In 2019, Knight released his EP, Small Victories, which is home to his singles “Change” and “Just Kiss Me.” His single “Change” is a song that he penned as a tribute to his late friend who he went to Lower Merion High School with, that he lost to suicide. Knight has since partnered with The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to help carry the message of hope to those that continue to suffer.

When Knight auditioned for Idol, he was working as a pizza delivery driver for Narberth Pizza and actually during this ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Narberth Pizza owner, Todd Rash, had Knight deliver 20 free pizzas to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

We recently sat down with Knight to discuss his latest single “Maybe That,” American Idol memories, how his dad influence his musical career, his upcoming single “Twisted Conversations,” Three fun facts about himself, How Philadelphia has inspired his career, and more, which you can read below.

You recently wrapped up your trek on American Idol, finishing in the Top 7. Could you tell us a bit about your experience on Idol?
It was honestly just such an incredible experience full of growth. I learnt so much about not only who I am as a person but also as an artist. There were some incredibly testing times, but those are the times where you are your most raw self. And being able to go through it all with people I’m lucky to now call my idol family was so amazing.

What was it like working with judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan before coronavirus forced contestants and judges to film the show from home?
They were always so kind, and truly just want the best for all the contestants. Lionel especially was always emulating positivity, and giving pep talks!

Do you have any fun memories with any of the Idol judges that wasn’t aired on TV?
Yeah, in my audition, as soon as I walked in the room, Katy started screaming “ello govner” in an english accent. I was so nervous that I was shaking and just said, “that’s a great accent”. She then said “No it isn’t!” and then we started laughing. I think that really helped get some of my nerves out going into my performance.

How would you say Idol has changed or boosted your career as a singer?
I’m so grateful to Idol. They’ve given me the opportunity to chase this dream and career full time. I’ve gained a platform and an audience of incredible people to listen to my music.

Did you ever think that you’d make it as far as you did on Idol when you were delivering pizzas before the show?
Honestly never in a million years. Performing and writing my own music is what I’ve always wanted to do with my life but once I arrived for Hollywood week, the immense talent there was unfathomable. I just kept trying to put my best foot forward every step in the show. It was a dream to be able to make it to the top 10, each step further was such a blessing.

You released your EP Small Victories in 2019. Can you tell us a bit about that?
I basically took some sort of an open ended gap year haha. After graduating high school in 2018, that following September, I began working part time pizza delivery while writing and recording my debut EP. Each of those songs are about an experience I had or something I was going through at the time. I was dealing with the loss of one of my brother and I’s best friends to suicide, and my girlfriend at the time and I had just ended as she was heading off to college. I’m so fortunate that I have songwriting as my outlet because it’s truly therapeutic for me.

Can you pick two of the most meaningful songs from the EP and tell us about them?
I’d have to say “Change” is the most meaningful by far. I wrote It as a tribute to Russell who passed away, and as a message of hope to everyone else in the world suffering. It had been something I had tried to write about for ages. After he passed, I fell in love which really helped lift my spirits and bring me out of the dark place I was in. Then my ex girlfriend went off to college. I was left with a lot of unresolved feelings that bubbled to the surface. One morning I got up early to get on the piano and the whole song came out in about 45 minutes. I’ll never forget that day. I finally found some peace.

Then I’d have to say “State Lines”. It’s the complete story, start to finish, of my relationship. I wrote the first few lines as we were falling in love, “in your yellow dress… nothing less than beauty at its finest”. Then I didn’t know what to do with them. I eventually began adding to it as things progressed. I wrote about our expiration date nearing as she was leaving for school, and then about our relationship slowly fading out while she was away. And that’s how it ended up being another sad love song hahaha.

Honestly they all hold a deep place in my heart.

You recently released your first post-Idol single “Maybe That.” Could you tell us about this song?
Again of course, this is another sad love song haha. It’s the self reflection a year after a relationship has ended. One person has moved on and the other hasn’t. In this case that was me.

It has been said that you are gearing up to release another song titled “Twisted Conversations.” Can you tell us about that single and when fans can expect it?
I’m so excited for this release. It’s coming out on July 6th!! It’s sort of another love song, but way more fun and upbeat. I actually wrote it inspired by one new year’s eve. One of my good friend’s sister’s and I ended up kissing, which he did not take too well. It’s about the idea of two people wanting to be together but there’s something in the way.

With Father’s Day approaching, can you tell us how your dad has helped shape or inspire your career as a musician?
My dad is one of my biggest influences. He was in an English band called “The Fabulous Conga Brothers”. From a young age, him and my mum would put instruments in front of us kids just to see if we would take to any of them. They’ve always encouraged us to pursue our passions which I’m so fortunate to have that support. My dad sits in the room sometimes while I’m writing songs and I’m always running lines/verses by him and my mum. They’re the litmus test to all my songs haha. Not only did my dad inspire me as a musician, but also as the kind of man/dad I hope to be one day.

As a Philadelphia based music publication, we are always delighted to showcase up and coming talent from the area. Can you tell us three things in Philadelphia that inspires or has helped your music career?
I’m so lucky to be able to now call Philly home.

Firstly I’d say the people I’ve met here. From my friend Ori who I first started writing/producing my first demos with at 14, to Danny Gervitz an incredible friend/videographer who filmed my first videos pro bono just because he believed in my music. And then my producers, and managers. Honestly more people than I can fit into this paragraph. I’m so fortunate to have had such a great team around me.

Next I’d say just the amazing music scene Philly has.

Lastly, I’ve been doing open mics around the city since I was 16. Sneaking into most of them because of being underage to get into the venue haha. My first, and favorite would be “World Cafe Live”. The experience of having a stage to grow and share with other amazing, upcoming talents in the city is almost invaluable.

Can you tell us about your partnership with The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to help carry the message of hope?
Since Russell’s passing, and writing “Change”, Suicide Prevention has been a huge part of my life. When you experience a tragedy like that, I think it’s important to take that experience and try to turn it into something positive in the world. We all have mental health, whether we struggle or not. And we need to end the stigma around it, and let people know that it’s okay to struggle, and that they’re not alone. That It’s okay to talk about it, and that it’s okay to seek help. There is a light at the end of the tunnel.

Can you give us three fun facts about yourself that fans might not know?

  1. My middle name is “Christian”.
  2. The first two full songs I ever wrote were “Without You” and “Haunted Heart”
  3. I love smoothies and like to pride myself in thinking I make really good ones haha.

We see you got a new puppy named Poppy, can you tell us what inspired her name and how she came into your life?
My sister, Daisy, has wanted a new puppy for ages. She finally convinced all of us, and we ended up getting this adorable Border Collie girl puppy. If my mum was ever going to have another daughter she was going to name is Poppy, so we’d have a “Daisy and Poppy” in the house. It seemed only fitting ?

Anything else you’d like to tell your fans that we haven’t covered in the interview and where can they find you online?
Thank you so much for your support. It truly means the world. Please keep an eye out for my next single, “Twisted Conversations” coming out July 6th! My Small Victories EP is available on all platforms if you’d like to listen ? And if you’d like to stay more up to date with my music follow me on instagram @louisknightmusic. Love ya x

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Louis Knight Releases “Maybe That” and Talks On Idol Journey

Know Philly | Written by Brittany Simms | Link

Louis Knight made the top 7 on this season of “American Idol.” Now, post-show, Knight has released an emotional video of a soon to be released song, “Maybe That” and the heartthrob is only just beginning.

Knight was a favorite from the beginning. When he first auditioned he moved the judges to tears with his original song, “Change,” which was about losing a friend to suicide. Luke Bryan told Knight he might be the biggest star this show has ever had.

After making it into the top 20, Knight performed from his house in Narberth every week, due to the Corona Virus pandemic, a first for this show.

We talked to him last year before his Idol journey started about his debut single, “Just Kiss Me,” a great song for the Summer. It is amazing to follow his journey from then until now.

He hopes to record the studio version of “Maybe That” soon for fans to have. Knight set up mirror walls in anticipation of his finale performance, but in lieu of that, he decided to record “Maybe That” instead.

How did you feel about putting out such an emotional song for your fans to hear?
I think everyone that listens to my music is used to that, emotional stuff. *laughs* This is one of my proudest songs that I’ve written. Kind of reflecting on a year after a relationship has ended and you see that one person has moved on and it takes the other a bit longer and, in that case, it was me. *laughs* It was really great to see so many of my supporters connect with it, especially my new ones from Idol. It was the first thing I’ve put out coming off of Idol. So, I was a bit nervous about what the response would be, but it’s been lovely so far.

Can fans expect the same theme (of heartbreak) from your upcoming music?
I think definitely a mixture. There’s always going to be heartbreak/love in there. There’s going to be some upbeat love songs too. *laughs* I think I’m always going to try to keep writing about prevalent issues in the world, as I did with “Change,” like suicide prevention and mental health awareness. I’m definitely going to write songs about that kind of stuff, like the crazy conditions that everyone is going through right now.

How did you adapt to having to perform at home? What was that like for you?
It was very interesting. We were all out in LA for a week and a half/two weeks, living in an apartment together. We were becoming such good friends, which was really nice and then we all got sent home. Every day the pandemic was just worsening and worsening. They told us they were sending us home and there was about a week and a half where we were waiting to find out if the show was being canceled or what was going to happen. It felt like the longest week and a half of my life. They basically told us we were doing it from home and sent us boxes and boxes of equipment. Some of the contestants were quite upset about not being in LA on the big stage, but I wasn’t too upset by it. I’m a firm believer in you also have to find the silver lining. Either way, it was going to be a new opportunity and experience and we had to make the best of it. We had to connect with everyone watching through iPhones, which was definitely a challenge, but pretty amazing.

Speaking of making good friends, would you and Francisco (Martin) ever collab?
I think we may definitely in the future. We also joked about but were also pretty serious about doing a tour together once quarantine was over, which would be pretty incredible. Once he starts putting some of the amazing songs he’s trying to record, that would be amazing. I definitely think that we will be collaborating.

Was there anything you felt like you missed out on because the shows were filmed from home?
I think the biggest thing everyone kind of said all of the make-up and wardrobe. And then just the energy of being in front of a live crowd. That would have been amazing. I was just so grateful that the production was absolutely incredible throughout the entire process. I was just happy they gave us the chance to continue our journey.

How did “American Idol” change you as an artist and as a person?
I think, I grew so much throughout the few months. Everything was so jam-packed, and I got so many new experiences so quickly. The standout moment for me, the day that will live with me forever, was the end of Hollywood Week. My roommate had been sent home. I had only gotten a few hours of sleep in the course of three days. I basically had like a sleep-deprived panic attack, which I’ve never really experienced before. I started freaking out. I locked myself in my hotel room and started packing my suitcase. I said I couldn’t handle it and wanted do go home. My production team, manager, who is one of my best friends, and my family helped to calm me down and get me to the venue. I ended up going out and performing “Call Me While You Wait” by Lewis Capaldi. It ended up being one of my most raw performances. That day has taught me about perseverance and that you never know what you’re capable of. No one knows how to survive through a hurricane until you do it.

What songs have been getting you through the quarantine?
That’s a good question. I’ve started listening to Lionel Richie (ironically) again. I listened to him when I was younger too. He’s so good. I would listen to a lot of Lauv and Lewis Capaldi and Coldplay. I also say they are my favorite artists, but I think that’s what music is there for at a time like this. It makes you feel good.

If you could open for any artist, who would it be?
Hands down, Lewis Capaldi. Hands down!

How has the support been from Philly/Lower Merion and surrounding areas?
Honestly, I never imagined the amount of support from our local city, Lower Merion, and Narberth. It’s been unbelievable. It really has been. Everyone on the community networks was saying, ‘Vote for Louis’ and tons of people reaching out. I’ve had neighbors dropping by to say hi (socially distancing of course). There were people driving by myself to wish me good luck. It’s been so lovely.

What’s next for you?
I haven’t finished recording the actual song yet for “Maybe That,” which I’m really excited to do so, but that is coming. I have my next single coming out called “Twisted Conversations,” which is going to be coming out, I believe July 6th or early July. It’s kind of a love song but way happier and more upbeat. I hope people like it. I’m trying to release a new song about every other month. I’ve got so many songs that I’ve been waiting until it’s safe to go back to the studio in Jersey. Hopefully, fingers crossed, after I record the songs, I’ll sign a record deal.

We can’t wait to see where this journey takes you, Louis! We are so proud. Thank you so much for chatting with us. Make sure to watch the video for “Maybe That” and be sure to stream his EP, Small Victories.

To stay up to date on what Knight releases next, be sure to follow him on social media.

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American Idol Finalist Louis Knight Releases New Music

Fans of Louis Knight’s American Idol performances are getting another helping of the teen heartthrob’s swoon-worthy ballads. “Maybe That” is Knight’s first post-show release, and it bears all the hallmarks of his output during the show’s quarantine season, half of which was filmed from contestants’ homes, as well as the homes of judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryant.

In “Maybe That,” Knight sits at the now-familiar piano in his parents’ Narberth home, playing and singing the sweet but sad love song. “It’s about looking back at a relationship—someone moves on faster than the other,” Knight says. “In this case, my ex-girlfriend moved on, and I was the one lost.”

Heartbreak is a well-mined subject for the 19-year-old Lower Merion High School graduate. “Just Kiss Me,” which appeared on his 2019 EP Small Victories, was written about a Memorial Day Weekend the singer spent in Margate following another breakup. “I’d been caught up in a relationship and hadn’t spent time with my friends,” he says. “I wrote the song about going to this place and doing something spontaneous.”

The British-born Knight moved with his family to Narberth 10 years ago. “My life was pretty quiet until recently,” he says.

Although Knight finished in the top seven contestants, he was eliminated before any additional rounds. His at-home performances were filmed with three iPhones and props sent by the show. “The producers walked us through how to record from home, and that’s very valuable information that I’m grateful to have,” Knight says.

He put all of that knowledge to good use on “Maybe That.” Filmed live in one take, the tune was recorded on two iPhones. While he admits it’s not acoustically ideal, Knight says he’s proud of the video. “Yes, I’d love to get out of the house and into a real recording studio,” he says with a laugh. “But I wanted to get the music out because it’s important to me.

Next up is “Twisted Conversations,” another new song he plans to release in June. “I loved having the support in Narberth,” says Knight. “But I do look forward to playing a gig in front of a live audience—and not just my family on our porch.”

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One American Idol Finalist Almost Quit in the Middle of the Season

American Idol Season 18 had its ups and downs for all its contestants, with most going through highs and lows at various points in the season. The intensity of the competition in general is overwhelming and was almost enough to send finalist Louis Knight home early.

Long before the postponement and stay at home episodes, Louis Knight was doubting he was up to the challenge of American Idol. Knight talked to about his Season 18 run and how he almost packed his bags and went home before the end of Hollywood Week:

I was so sleep deprived. So that last day I woke up in basically a panic attack… I started packing my suitcase and said I couldn’t do it. I locked myself in my hotel room.I ended up going out and performing on a day when I thought I couldn’t. That’s a day I will remember for the rest of my life… It taught me so much about perseverance and what you’re truly capable of.

Knight was stressed because his roommate had been sent home the day prior, and he feared he could be next. It took a visit from his parents and some encouragement from the American Idol production crew, but Knight finally emerged and did his performance. The Idol contestant estimated he did the performance on four hours sleep over the course of 3 days, which almost certainly had to add to the stress of the competition.

Louis Knight ended up making the Top 40 that day and would continue on until he was finally eliminated in the Top 7. It’s quite a run and impressive that Louis Knight was able to stick with it so early in the competition. It paid off in the long run as Knight amassed some fans throughout the season, though found a staunch critic in Katy Perry along the way. Just before the finale vote, Perry praised fellow competitor Francisco Martin for doing something she noted Knight didn’t with her performance.

When the votes came down, Martin advanced to the finale, and Knight was eliminated. Even so, his music career is not over, and he has plans to continue his dream and release original music for his fans. Louis Knight said he received a lot of messages from viewers about the song he initially auditioned for “Change.” Knight wrote the song after losing a friend to suicide and has since said viewers have reached out to him talking about how the song helped them through tough times.

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Louis Knight on performing during a pandemic and the day he almost quit

Penn Live | Written by Julia Hatmaker | Link

Louis Knight may not be the next “American Idol,” but he’s still a star. The Montgomery County pizza deliverer-turned singer made it to the top seven of the ABC singing competition series, beating out hundreds upon hundreds of hopefuls. He performed in Hawaii and Hollywood, before his in-person “American Idol” was cut short by the coronavirus pandemic and the show shifted to a remote format — which meant Knight welcomed the audience to his home in Narberth to perform in his bedroom and on his deck. Throughout the process he garnered praise from celebrity judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie.

He isn’t letting not winning the competition sour his perspective on his experience on the show.

“I couldn’t be upset with how it ended,” Knight said. “It was such an incredible journey,” he reflected. “I learned so much and have been able to grow so much not only as an artist and a musician but I feel like as a person.”

Throughout his “American Idol” journey, Knight’s fanbase has exploded. In one episode, producers even showed Knight a clip of a fan enthusiastically listening to his performance. “Kelsey!” Knight said, recalling the fans name. “I remember. That was just crazy.”

“The support has been just so incredible,” he said.

When Idol first began, most of the feedback he received was from people who were touched by his audition song “Change,” which deals with the death of a close friend by suicide. “I’ve had so many people reaching out to me to say how they connected to the song and how it helped them through rough times,” Knight said. “That has been such an incredible thing for me because that’s all I could hope for from that song.”

As Idol progressed the focus shifted past his song to Knight himself. “The fact that there are people out there watching me every week, putting their belief in me and watching as I grow — it’s truly just fills my heart with joy really,” he said. “It’s hard to fathom.”

Even with a group of supporters, though, there were moments of doubt. There was one night, at the end of Hollywood Week, where Knight almost quit. His roommate had been sent home, the stress was mounting and for the past three days he estimated that he had only slept for a little over 4 hours.

“I was so sleep deprived,” Knight recalled. “So that last day I woke up in basically a panic attack… I started packing my suitcase and said I couldn’t do it. I locked myself in my hotel room.”

It took the show’s production team and a visit from Knight’s family to calm him down and get him out. That day he performed and secured his spot in the top 40.

“I ended up going out and performing on a day when I thought I couldn’t,” Knight said. “That’s a day I will remember for the rest of my life… It taught me so much about perseverance and what you’re truly capable of.”

“American Idol” didn’t only push Knight to succeed, it also made him a better musician and performer. “My singing has definitely improved a lot in the last few months — I hope so anyway!” he laughed.

Performing at home added another twist to his “American Idol” journey. He had been in Los Angeles preparing for the live shows when producers told the contestants they had to go home. By that time, Pennsylvania had already entered lockdown because of the coronavirus. For a while, no one knew what would happen to the show and season. He remains thankful that the Idol crew persevered and found a way to do the show remotely.

That switch gave Knight a crash course in TV production. He became much more involved in the behind-the-scenes work of putting on the show, working with producers, directors and lighting experts to set up the three iPhones that recorded his performances and getting the backdrops just right. He did, sadly, have to give two of the iPhones back, but the show let him keep one of them as a souvenir.

While he prepared his “set,” he also was taking hours worth of lessons with the show’s vocal coaches, all with the help of Zoom.

Because the results are released live, Knight had a song ready to go for the finale. He was set to perform “Never Really Over” by Katy Perry — a bold choice considering Perry is a judge on the show. He was also prepared to sing his original “Change,” the song that got him the “American Idol” golden ticket in the first place.

It’s his original music that Knight wants to focus on in his post-Idol days. He plans to release a video of an acoustic performance of a new original song “Maybe That” in late May. The song is one of his favorites. Another song, “Twisted Conversations,” is set to premiere in mid June. Because he can’t do live shows, he plans to do a bunch of Instagram live performances (his username on Instagram is @louisknightmusic). He also plans to be in the studio working on an album as soon as he can.

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Louis Knight’s “American Idol” run comes to an end, but the Narberth singer is graceful in defeat

Philadelphia Inquirer | Written by Ellen Gray | Link

Narberth’s Louis Knight didn’t make it to the final five of ABC’s American Idol on Sunday, losing an opportunity to compete for the Season 18 title. But in an Instagram post that went up shortly after his elimination, he called the night, which ended in a surprise win for the Harlem subway singer Just Sam, a “huge victory” for himself, “no matter what.”

Before American Idol, wrote the 19-year-old Lower Merion High grad, “I have to say, a part of me was a bit lost.” Being on the show “has forced me to reckon with certain things in my life and grow.”

In an interview last month, Knight described his initial reaction when he was approached by American Idol about auditioning.

“Honestly, at first I wasn’t sure if I wanted to,” Knight said. “Because I’ve been working so hard on trying to be a singer-songwriter, and I wasn’t sure … if I’d be able to showcase my songwriting” on the singing competition.

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‘American Idol’ finale: Did Pennsylvania’s Louis Knight win the crown?

Penn Live | Written by Julia Hatmaker | Link

Louis Knight’s “American Idol” journey has come to an end. The singer from Narberth was eliminated from the ABC competition series at the start of the May 17 finale, which began by bringing the top seven down to a top five. Viewers are able to vote for the remaining singers throughout the finale (which airs from 8 to 10 p.m. on ABC).

“Thank you judges and ‘American Idol,’” Knight told the cameras. “This has been an amazing journey so far. I’m just really grateful.”

The top five are Dillon James, Johnny West, Arthur Gunn, Francisco Martin and Just Sam. Later, Knight took to Instagram to thank fans.

“This American Idol journey has been a dream,” he wrote. “It’s been filled with happiness, sadness, lifelong friendships, challenges, and ultimately growth. Through this experience I’ve learned a new work ethic – what it really takes to be at the top of your game, and the person I want to be, not only as an artist but as a human being.”

Knight is one of the few Pennsylvania singers to make it into the top 10 of the show. So far, the farthest a Keystone State native has gone was Gabby Barrett, who made it to the final three in the competition in 2018.

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Louis Knight Feels ‘Validated’ as Confidence Has Skyrocketed Throughout Journey

Louis Knight has as good of a chance as any of the Top 7 finalists to come away as the next American Idol. Ahead of Sunday’s finale, Knight tells exclusively that he has “grown tremendously in all aspects” throughout his run on the show. But one of those moments not seen on camera was his struggles during Hollywood Week, something he admits was rough to deal with at the time.

“I started dealing with terrible anxiety due to being sleep deprived,” Knight told PopCulture. “I started packing my suitcase and almost left the show, but luckily with the support of my family, manager, and the production team I saw that day through.” From that moment on, Knight has never looked back. He says he has finally found confidence in himself thanks to the limits he has been pushed to in the competition. “You don’t know how to sail through a hurricane until you do it,” he further explained.

During the Top 7 performances last week, Knight performed a classic from The Lion King, “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” before giving his rendition of Carole King’s “You’ve Got A Friend” for his Mother’s Day Song. At one point, Katy Perry compared him to Niall Horan while Luke Bryan said he hit everything he was looking for during his Disney performance. “Getting into the Top 10 was a dream come true, the Top 7, even more a blessing,” Knight said. “I’ve been working twice as hard on every performance, and really trying to find myself in the judges critiques. This was so validating.”

The Philadelphia native calls the support he has been receiving from the voters at home “heartwarming” and still can’t believe there are people out there watching him sing every week, sharing how “every day, they’re helping me get closer and closer to reaching my dreams.” This is all Knight could ask for as he explains that singing and songwriting is the only thing he has ever wanted to do. From performing his own song, “Change” at his audition to finding himself with a shot to win it all on Sunday, Knight calls the whole experience a validation that he is on the right career path. “I’ve been so fortunate to have this outlet and to have such great support around me,” Knight said. “Of course I have moments of doubt, but to me, in my mind, there’s never been another option. Every step along this American Idol journey has been such a blessing filled with learning and growth.”

Knight said it would be “truly amazing” to hear his name announced as the winner by Ryan Seacrest, but what has made this all worthwhile doesn’t boil down to earning America’s final vote, but about the journey that he has found himself on from the auditions to finale night.

American Idol will kick off at 8 p.m. ET on ABC with live fan voting throughout the evening as the Seaon 18 champion will be crowned.

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Louis Knight Knocks Out “The Lion King” Classic on “American Idol”

ET Canada | Written by Sarah Curran | Link

Louis Knight charmed the judging panel once again with another endearing performance on season 18 of American Idol. The British-born singer impressed judges Lionel Richie, Luke Bryan, and Katy Perry with his stripped-back rendition of “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” from “The Lion King”. The contestants each performed a Disney song of their choice in celebration of Mother’s Day.

“Niall Horan better watch out because you’re coming in real quick,” said Perry, following Knight’s turn on the mic. The pop star, who was dressed as an elephant in honour of “Disney Night”, continued: “I actually got lost in the performance thinking about your future in 10 years – you looking back at this moment and how wild this moment is for all of us.”

Due to COVID-19, the contestants have had to perform their weekly songs from their living rooms, kitchens and backyards. Perry predicted that Knight would one day look back on this time and remember how he performed in his backyard with a ring light and an iPhone to nobody.

“What a time to be alive,” she added “You did a great job. I would say lean in vocally to your next performance and good luck with your life, because its going to be a good one I think.”

Overwhelmed by the comments, Knight responded: “Katy, that honestly means the world to hear from you so thank you so much!”

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Narberth’s ‘American Idol’ hopeful Louis Knight will perform from home Sunday. We talked to him about that.

Philadelphia Inquirer | Written by Ellen Gray | Link

Narberth’s Louis Knight can’t wait until American Idol fans see what can be done with an iPhone.
Three iPhones, to be exact, as the ABC singing competition on Sunday presents this season’s Top 20 contestants, pandemic-style, in performances recorded at their homes.

“They’ve been sending us so much equipment,” the 19-year-old Lower Merion High School grad said Friday of the show’s production staff, which has been working with contestants to get them ready for this weekend’s two-hour show, whose viewers’ votes will determine the Top 10. “We are all creating an entire production, essentially, from our house.”

Contestants who in past seasons would have had the support of a small army of crew members while rehearsing for a glitzy performance onstage in Los Angeles are instead building sets at their homes and getting a crash course in lighting and sound.

“We none of us expected to be doing this, but we’re learning so much,” Knight said. “I’m chatting with the audio engineers through Zoom. … It’s just been completely invaluable.”

Three iPhones, mounted on tripods, were used to capture the performance Knight filmed earlier in the week at the home he shares with his parents, John and Amanda, his older brother, Max, and his younger sister, Daisy, and their dog, Milo.

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American Idol’s Louis Knight delivers Narberth Pizza to CHOP

ABC6 Action News, WPVI-TV Philadelphia | Written by Alicia Vitarelli | Source

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — A Montgomery County pizza shop made dozens of pies Tuesday to show thanks for health care workers.

And they had a little help from a pizza delivery driver turned American Idol contestant.

Louis Knight from Narberth has become a household name.

He’s also a part-time pizza delivery driver for Narberth Pizza.

And on this day, he delivered 20 pies to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

“They are on the frontlines, the nurses and doctors and everyone at CHOP,” Knight said. “They saved my sister’s life when she was diagnosed with diabetes, so they have a special place in my family’s heart.”

Louis and his family moved to Narberth nine years ago from England.

He’s now in the top 20 on American Idol, and he’s getting ready to sing for your votes this weekend.

He also has an album called “Small Victories,” and he donated some of his shirts to staff and patients.

The owner of Narberth Pizza, Todd Rash, said this was the least he could do to thank our health care workers during this crisis.

The CHOP staff was very grateful for this generous lunch delivery.

This Sunday at 8 p.m. is the first time American Idol contestants will sing from home. That includes Louis, who will sing for your votes from his home in Narberth.

“It’s incredible,” Knight said. “I am so thrilled. I cannot wait to be performing again. I will be in my own home with my family. It will be comfortable and fun. I can’t wait to see it on television!”

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‘American Idol’ heads to its final 20 with a local guy in the running

Philadelphia Tribune | Written by Kimberly C. Roberts | Source

We’re still in it, Philly!

As we desperately search for something positive to hold on to, a ray of light has emerged from our very own community. The 19-year-old British transplant Louis “Louie” Knight, now a Philadelphia resident, will move forward in this very entertaining Season 18 of “American Idol.” An early fan favorite, Knight is the perfect fit for this passionate town, that is always looking for a champion to embrace.

Last week, “American Idol’s top 40 moved on to Disney’s Aulani Resort for the Hawaii Showcase and final judgement, where the contestants performed for an enthusiastic live audience, in hopes of making the top 20. Unfortunately, Knight, a singer/songwriter, did not have his best night at the showcase. His rehearsal had not gone well, and he expressed his anxiety before taking the stage for a rendition of Ed Sheeran’s “Castle on the Hill.”

Fortunately, the audience responded well, and Knight’s backlog of compelling performances was enough to put him in good stead with judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan.

Apprehensive as he awaited his final judgement, Knight cried tears of joy upon hearing that he would be joining the top 20. “I knew in my heart that I didn’t perform as well as I could have yesterday, and I’m just so grateful that they’re giving me another chance,” Knight said during the mandatory “confessional.”

An intriguing highlight of the evening was the performance of unexpected front-runner Just Sam (Samantha Diaz), a 20-year-old from Harlem. An engaging artist of very humble means, Just Sam supported herself and the elderly grandmother who raised her by busking in the subway and on the streets of Harlem. She even brought her tip box to her “Idol” audition as a good luck charm.

The self-effacing singer proved that luck had nothing to do with it, when she transformed herself into a glamorous chanteuse and performed Selena’s “Como La Flor”…in perfect Spanish. The judges were stunned, and Just Sam sailed through to the top 20.

“Last night was like, the first time in a very long time that I felt comfortable and I felt beautiful,” Just Sam said during her confessional. She also revealed that a few weeks ago, she was “singing every single day, working so hard, thinking that it was gonna be the same thing over and over again for the rest of my life. But look at me now. I kept on pushing, kept on singing from my heart. And look where it’s brought me.”

Since we’re basically a captive audience at this point, now would be the perfect time to begin following Season 18 of the reimagined “American Idol,” whether you’re a new viewer, or a longtime fan returning to the fold. There are some very talented singers, along with some fascinating personal stories. “American Idol’s” previously recorded Hawaii Showcase concludes the “Final Judgement” round Sunday, April 5 at 8 p.m.

ABC states that the remaining top 40 contestants perform in a concert showcasing their artistry before awaiting their final judgement for a spot in the coveted top 20, and the opportunity to sing for the nation’s votes. There promises to be a “shocking first-ever twist in he show’s history for two contestants that no one saw coming.”