On March 5, 2023, American Idol premiered on ABC Network and HULU with 55 singing competitors taking the stage. Among them was Tanner Charles, an aspiring singer who had recently dropped out of college to follow his passion for music.
Despite not having any official training or experience, he was ready to showcase his raw talent on the biggest stage he had ever been on, alongside his girlfriend.
Who is Tanner Charles?
Tanner Charles Luetjen is just 20 years old and from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. He completed his primary education at Mingo Valley Christian School, followed by a year of college at Tulsa Community College and Oral Roberts University.
Charles got a ticket to Hollywood after singing to his girlfriend on American Idol 21. One of the show’s casting producers noticed his talent and found his singing videos on Instagram. They then asked him to audition, and due to the pandemic, he was able to skip the virtual audition rounds and have meetings with the executive producer via Zoom.
After receiving a “Yes” from them, he had the opportunity to appear on the original stage in Nashville in front of real celebrities. Previously, he had sung songs in Broken Arrow churches, referring to himself as a “worship leader for Battle Creek Church of Broken Arrow.”
Delaney Blaylock and Tanner Charles Luetjen are currently in a relationship and recently made a television appearance, hand in hand, while auditioning for American Idol.
Tanner Charles Luetjen with his girlfriend Delaney Blaylock
About American Idol 21
American Idol is back and better than ever for its twenty-first season! This sixth season since the show’s revival is hosted by Ryan Seacrest, with judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie. The audition process has changed drastically due to Covid-19; This season has seen the introduction of remote auditions which took place from August 3 to September 14, 2022.
Additionally, the show brought back the “Platinum Ticket,” which gives three lucky contestants the opportunity to advance directly to Hollywood Week and choose their duet partners.
The journey to becoming America’s next singing idol is long and difficult. However, viewers can follow every step of the way and support their favorites. From regional auditions to Hollywood Week to grueling live shows, American Idol offers an up-close look at some of the most promising talent out there. It’s a rollercoaster of emotions for everyone involved, full of surprises and intense performances.
This season of American Idol looks to be full of moments that will stick with viewers for years to come. Let’s all stay tuned to see what incredible talent season 21 of American Idol has in store!
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