Five fun facts about Emyrson Flora who is on ‘American Idol’
It’s decision time on “American Idol” as the field narrows down once again and the fate of Emyrson Flora hangs in the balance.
When “Idol” returns Sunday night for a special three-hour show, the Walsh Jesuit High School teen will learn whether online voters have selected her to be among the Top 20 contestants to continue in the competition.
She’s already survived a number of cuts — from being plucked from among the hundreds auditioning in December in Nashville; to getting passing nods from judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie in Hollywood; to making the trek to Hawaii for her first performance where viewers will decide her fate.
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The show airs Sunday and Monday nights at 8 pm on ABC and Hulu.
Here are five facts about Flora.
So where exactly is she from?
Whenever Flora appears on the show, the caption lists Cleveland as her hometown.
Well, not exactly.
In the eyes of the producers, anyone who lives in northern Ohio is from Cleveland.
Her parents lived in Hudson when Flora was born. The mailing address for the family’s current home says Aurora. But according to tax records, the family actually resides in nearby Reminderville.
Based on this address, if she went to a public school, she would go to Twinsburg. Flora actually attends the private Catholic high school Walsh Jesuit in Cuyahoga Falls. And she attended the private St. Rita, a Catholic elementary school in Solon, before that.
Come to think of it, maybe the Idol producers were on to something when they simply said she’s from Cleveland.
Age is just a number
At age 16, Flora is the youngest contestant on the show.
And being just a junior in high school at Walsh Jesuit, she is the youngest grade-wise to make the cuts on this season of “Idol.” The other teens who appeared this season were actually seniors in high school.
By “Idol” rules, a contestant cannot be younger than 15 and not older than 29 at the time of the audition.
The youngest winner in show history was Jordin Sparks who at age 17 was crowned American Idol in 2007.
Flora the student
Flora is still enrolled as a student at Walsh Jesuit.
Early on after the December audition, Flora was back in her school uniform and attending classes just like everyone else. She would leave for a few days to head to Hollywood and tape her segments and then return.
As the field has narrowed down to the Top 23 and she headed off to Hawaii for tapings, she is now with the show full time.
And like every other student at the private school in Cuyahoga Falls, she has homework every night and tests to study for. Flora’s teachers are working directly with a tutor provided by the show to ensure she doesn’t fall behind and maintains her grades remotely.
As a minor, she is required by show rules to attend a set number of school hours a week.
Flora has said on the show that this is her first real attempt at performing live before an audience bigger than her phone or a few friends.
She has said she started dabbling in singing then the piano and guitar around age 8 and has had an interest in music ever since.
But she’s never performed under such pressure before.
“I just come from singing in my room to this pretty quick,” she said after getting a pass to Hollywood from her audition.
Interestingly, she has never performed publicly at her high school. She has not taken choir at Walsh Jesuit but is signed up for the choir class next year, her senior year.
Social media star
Her social media audience was relatively small — mostly friends from school — before her first appearance on “American Idol” but has steadily grown ever since.
Flora has turned to social media channels to hopefully build an audience and votes in her bid to become the next American Idol.
Her Instagram account already has some 15,000 followers and is growing by the day.
And her TikTok account has mirrored the same growth as the show progresses and she continues to survive the cuts.
Flora has even created a new Facebook account where she posts updates about the show and photos.
Craig Webb, who is always looking for a way to get paid for watching TV, can be reached at email@example.com.