American Idol

Zoanette Johnson

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Name: Zoanette Johnson

If you’re looking for someone predictable, you should look elsewhere, since Zoanette Johnson is anything but that. However, what the American Idol 2013 contestant does offer is a very big voice and an equally big personality to match. It’s impossible to not have fun when you’re watching this lady.

The 20-year-old habilitation health specialist from Liberia — by way of Tulsa — made quite the first impression when she belted out an unforgettable rendition of the national anthem at her audition. Between demanding to get sent to the White House, and then complaining about being late for a lunch date, this performance was one of the oddest things we’ve seen — and we’ve seen some odd stuff in our day.

Still, there’s no denying that Zoanette has incredible talent and is a joy to watch. She’s since impressed the judges on the “Circle of Life” and her hilarious, drum fill-enhanced original song that we don’t even know how to spell the name of. What will this Liberian girl do next, and how far will she go? We have no idea — but what did we already tell you about trying to predict Zoanette’s behavior? Just don’t try to do it, okay?

American Idol Season: 12 (2013)

Age: 20

Hometown: Tulsa, OK

Audition: Zoanette Johnson auditioned for American Idol 2013 Season 12 in Oklahoma City, OK. She performed the National Anthem and impressed the judges with her voice, her backstory and her exuberant personality. She was given a golden ticket to move on to Hollywood Week.

Hollywood Week A Capella Round: During the ladies' Hollywood Week, Zoanette’s a capella performance was not shown. She was passed through to the group round by the judges.

Hollywood Week Group Round: During the ladies' Hollywood Week, Zoanette Johnson performed “Knock on Wood” by Eddie Floyd with the ‘Poohsnaps’ group, along with Erin Christine, Lauren Bettes, and Isabelle. Lauren was eliminated, and the other three ladies were moved on to the solo round.

Hollywood Week Solo Round: During the ladies' Hollywood Week solo round, Zoanette Johnson performed an original song while playing the drums. The judges loved the “performance” aspect of her appearance and selected her to go on to Vegas as part of the Top 20.

Top 40/Las Vegas Round 3: Zoanette’s rendition of  “Circle of Life” from The Lion King earned a standing ovation from the judges despite some vocal issues because, once again, she delivered an extremely memorable performance.

Top 10 Girls: Competing for a spot in the Season 12 Top 10, Zoanette performed Tina Turner's "What's Love Got to Do With It," but failed to blow the judges away this time. Even Nicki Minaj noted that she was not singing on key.

- Marnie Brodersen

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