LI’s Keelin reflects on her time on ‘American Idol’ after elimination


Keelin, the Long Island native and rising star who impressed the judges and fans with her musical talent on “American Idol,” has been eliminated from the competition.

Keelin, whose real name is Keelin McGinn, performed in the first round of the competition, but unfortunately, her performance was not aired on television. Despite receiving positive feedback from fellow contestants, Keelin was sent home without any critiques from the judges.

In her initial audition, Keelin wowed the judges with her original song “Don’t Call Me” and a cover of “Sorry” by Demi Lovato. However, in the next round, her performance of a slowed-down version of Lady Gaga’s “Perfect Illusion” was not enough to keep her in the competition.

“I was super proud of my performance,” said the Oakdale native in a phone call with Greater Long Island after her elimination on the show on April 3. “Got a lot of really nice feedback from the other contestants.”

Despite her run on “American Idol” ending, the Medford resident remains positive and grateful for the experience. In a statement, she said, “This is just a page in the book of my story, and I am so grateful for the opportunity I got. I know I am great and I know I am going to do great things.”

Keelin also announced that her new song “Serious” will be released on April 14. Fans can look forward to hearing more from this talented artist in the future. To see more from Keelin, make sure to follow her on Instagram.

Here was her initial audition on “American Idol.”

Prior reporting

Top: Keelin McGinn, a Long Island native, in Hollywood for the popular singing competition “American Idol.” (Courtesy)