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‘American Idol’ Paid Tribute to Mandisa Last Night

‘American Idol’ Paid Tribute to Mandisa Last Night

On Monday night’s episode, American Idol alums Colton Dixon, Melinda Doolittle and Danny Gokey sang a tribute for Mandisa, the gospel artist and former Idol contestant who died on April 18.

The trio performed Mary Mary’s “Shackles (Praise You),” which was the first song Mandisa sang when she competed on the series in 2006. The singing competition reflected on her impact and legacy on the show.

“Mandisa was an adored icon on American Idol and in the music industry,” the show said in a statement. “She had become a platinum-selling artist and had won several Grammys for her music. Her passing has left everyone on the show heartbroken, and we extend our deepest condolences to her family.”

Each alum also shared a personal story on how Mandisa impacted their own lives.

“I’ve known [Mandisa] for over 20 years,” Doolittle shared. “We started off playing background and sessions together, and she got on Idol, and I cheered for her. I came the next season, and she cheered for me.”

Gokey, who also entered the gospel music industry after his time on the show, said Mandisa was a “cheerleader” for other artists.

“She had the biggest voice for me, and she was making a way for me and my biggest cheerleader,” he said. “It just felt amazing. And she always was that person.”

Dixon, also a Christian music artist, told host Ryan Seacrest that “Shackles” was the best way to sum up the late singer’s life.

“I think she came in praising, and she left praising,” he said. “We are going to miss her, but our loss is Heaven’s gain.”

“This is how you celebrate Mandisa,” Seacrest said following the performance.

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