“American Idol” Judge Luke Bryan Reacts To Abi Carter’s Victory

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Abi Carter Was Crowned The Winner Of American Idol‘s 22nd Season

American Idol judge Luke Bryan wanted to congratulate Abi Carter after her big win.

Carter established herself as a standout contestant from her first appearance on the show. The 21-year-old from Indio, California, performed “What Was I Made For?” during her audition.

The young singer enchanted Luke Bryan, Katy Perry, and Lionel Richie with her performance. After hearing her sing, Bryan smiled, turned to Richie, and said, “That may be the winner of ‘American Idol.’

The judges gave Carter one of only three Platinum tickets they had to present this season. 

As a recipient of the Platinum ticket, Carter skipped the first rounds of the competition in Hollywood. She continued to advance through the ranks with covers of songs by Elton John, Adele, Fleetwood Mac, and The Little Mermaid.

Luke Bryan Reacts To Abi Carter’s Win After Idol Finale

At last, Carter found herself in the Top 3. Jack Blocker and Will Moseley advanced into the Top 3 alongside her.

Carter was revealed as the winner during the exciting season finale on Sunday (May 19). Blocker came in third, while Moseley came in second place.

When host Ryan Seacrest read her name, Carter gasped in shock and fell to the stage on her knees.

Luke Bryan reacted after Abi Carter won American Idol
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Later, Carter shared her stunned reaction to her win. She said:

I’m just a girl from Indio, who used to sing on street corners, and now I’ve had the pleasure and privilege to work with some of the most talented people in the industry and be heard by millions of people. This is my dream and I know it’s just the beginning. I love you all so much.”

After predicting she’d win it all during her audition, Bryan was one of the first to congratulate Carter on her victory.

Bryan shared a photo they took together after the finale. The caption read, “Congrats to our 2024 #AmericanIdol @abicartermusic! You blew us away this year…

Carter responded in the comments, writing, “I’m so so so honored, you pushed me to be greater than I am over the past few weeks. I can’t thank you enough.”


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We join Luke Bryan in congratulating Abi Carter on her Idol victory! Head below to watch her winning moment.