Lake St. Louis 16-year-old leaves American Idol, fans wonder about his progress

LAKE ST. LOUIS, MO. – A teenage boy from Lake St. Louis was sent home by American Idol but was frustrated that his progress was not broadcasting to his growing number of fans. Social media helped others to know what happened.

According to, 16-year-old Michael Gerow made it into the “Duets” round before he was sent home. Fans first saw him on television during the American Idol audition round.

Gerow made it through the audition round but said the next two rounds (genre and duet) were not televised.

“The fans are wondering where I went,” said Gerow. “I had to go to Instagram and tell people what happened.”

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He said producers should focus on a group of singers to consistently highlight them, rather than broadcast early auditions for some and ignore their appearances in later rounds.

In the genre round, Gerow sang “Best Part” by Daniel Caesar and HER

Gerow said the performance was quick but he thinks he did well.

In the duet round he was paired with Liv Grace Blue from California and they played “Bruises” by Lewis Capaldi.

“It was just amazing – crazy good,” said Gerow. “Me and Liv seriously threw it out of the park. It was one of the best performances I’ve ever done. After we finished it I was sure I would go through it. ”

In the end, it was up to Katy Perry whether Gerow would go home or not.

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“She made it look like she was sending me through,” said Gerow. “Liv went through. I had time to think about it. In the end, I don’t think I could have done better. It was the best performance there would be. Everyone was very confused about why I was being sent home. “

Gerow said he thinks he may have been eliminated because the show could have had too many 16-year-olds or R&B singers / songwriters.

“I would have loved to make it into the Showstoppers group. But having my Audition Air was such a blessing. I have no complaints, ”he said.

Gerow is a junior at Christian High School in O’Fallon, Mo.

He has just released his first official video for his song “Nice Boy,” which was filmed around St. Louis and St. Charles. He did this for his American Idol audition.

Gerow also released two singles in 2020: “Not the Same” and “Broken”. He has an acoustic version of “Nice Boy” that he can later release.

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