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Nya from SW Florida eliminated after singing Aretha Franklin

It was a make-or-break moment for Nya on “American Idol.” The previous Fort Myers singer barely squeaked by last week on the show. She didn’t get enough votes to advance, however the show’s judges rescued her after her performance of Tyla’s hit song “Water.” So Nya ― the stage name for singer-actor-dancer Nyachomba Muchai-Kinya ― had one big goal when she took the “Idol” stage again Sunday: To persuade America she’s Top 12 material.

“I feel the scariest thing is the fear of going home,” Nya said on Sunday’s episode. “I hope with this performance, that I can change America’s minds they usually’ll vote for me.”

Nya sings Aretha Franklin’s ‘I Say A Little Prayer’ on ‘Idol’

With KISS bassist/singer Gene Simmons as her mentor, Nya sang a peppy version of Aretha Franklin’s “I Say a Little Prayer.” The audience cheered and clapped along as Nya sang soulfully in her metallic-gray dress.

Afterward, judge Luke Bryan praised her performance as “effortless.” And the opposite judges agreed.

“That’s the perfect you may have ever done, from top to bottom,” judge Katy Perry said. “I feel you heeded Gene’s advice, and also you took a song that the people wanted to listen to and made it Nya. And you probably did it so well. It was my favorite thing I’ve ever heard you do.”

It wasn’t enough, though. Sunday’s episode marked the primary night of live voting on “Idol.” And after the votes were counted at the top of the show, Nya did not have enough to advance into the show’s Top 12 singers. Nya and Australian singer Jordan Anthony each went home.

On Instagram, Nya reflected on her journey on “American Idol.”

Nya grew up in Fort Myers, Florida but now lives in Manhattan, Latest York City. She attended Fort Myers’ Orangewood Elementary and Cypress Lake High’s Center for the Arts. She moved to Latest York City before her twenty first birthday to pursue a profession onstage.

Now, she performs on Broadway and Off-Broadway, including recent shows “Titanique” and “Carolina, or Change.” Nya sang in Cypress Lake High’s award-winning vocal group TAG (The A Cappella Group) and was even nominated for the national CARAs (Contemporary A cappella Recording Awards) for her solo on a 2011 TAG album.

“She was amazing,” said Gary Stroh, her former vocal teacher at Cypress Lake High School. “She had that ‘it’ quality.”

For articles about Nya and to maintain up together with her journey, try the next links:
– Former Fort Myers singer Nya wows judges, heads to Hollywood Week
– Nya sang ‘like Krispy Kreme donuts.’ But did she survive the Idol Arena?
– Nya hits ‘American’ Idol stage with ‘fierce’ performance of Temptations’ ‘Get Ready’

To remain informed about Nya and more on “American Idol,” visit this site.

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