Janelle Arthur

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Janelle Arthur
Birth nameJanelle Oredith Arthur
Born(1989-12-12) December 12, 1989 (age 24)
Oliver Springs, Tennessee
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active2011–present
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Janelle Arthur
Birth nameJanelle Oredith Arthur
Born(1989-12-12) December 12, 1989 (age 24)
Oliver Springs, Tennessee
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active2011–present

Janelle Oredith Arthur (born December 12, 1989) is an American singer, who came in fifth place on the twelfth season of American Idol as the first girl to be eliminated since the Top 10.

Early life[edit]

Janelle Oredith Arthur was born on December 12, 1989, in Oliver Springs, Tennessee. She is the daughter of Gentile Dean and Judy Arthur.[1] Arthur is an active member of the Churches of Christ. She grew up in the congregation at Oliver Springs, Tennessee.[2]

Professional background[edit]

When Arthur was eight years old, she portrayed Dolly Parton in a theatrical production of Dolly's life at Dollywood theme park.[3] In 2001, Arthur was hired as a child performer for the Country Tonite Theater,[4] in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. As an adult performer, Arthur returned to the Country Tonite Theater stage and remained with the cast for another four years, until she moved to Nashville, Tennessee in 2010 to pursue her music career.[5]

American Idol[edit]


Arthur auditioned in Charlotte, North Carolina. She has auditioned twice before, in the tenth and eleventh seasons. In the tenth season, she was cut in the group round, and in the eleventh season she made it to the Las Vegas round. In the semi-finals of the twelfth season, she performed "If I Can Dream" by Elvis Presley. On March 7, 2013, she was voted into the Top 10.[6] She was eliminated on April 18, 2013 and came in fifth place.

Performances and results[edit]

Season 11[edit]

EpisodeThemeSong choiceOriginal artistOrder #Result
AuditionAuditioner's ChoiceNot airedNot airedN/AAdvanced
Hollywood Round, Part 1A CapellaNot airedNot airedN/AAdvanced
Hollywood Round, Part 2Group PerformanceNot airedNot airedN/AAdvanced
Hollywood Round, Part 3SoloNot airedNot airedN/AAdvanced
Las Vegas RoundGroup Performance"Be My Baby"The RonettesN/AEliminated

Season 12[edit]

EpisodeThemeSong choiceOriginal artistOrder #Result
AuditionAuditioner's Choice"Where the Blacktop Ends"Keith UrbanN/AAdvanced
Hollywood Round, Part 1A Capella"I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry"Hank WilliamsN/AAdvanced
Hollywood Round, Part 2Group PerformanceQuartet "Be My Baby"
with Angie Miller and Breanna Steer and Kez Ban
The RonettesN/AAdvanced
Hollywood Round, Part 3Solo"I Told You So"Randy TravisN/AAdvanced
Las Vegas RoundPersonal Choice"Just a Kiss"Lady Antebellum9Advanced
Top 20 (10 Women)Personal Choice"If I Can Dream"Elvis Presley4Advanced
Top 10 RevealVictory Song"Home"Dierks Bentley6N/A
Top 10Music of the American Idols"Gone"Montgomery Gentry26th
Top 9The Beatles"I Will"The Beatles9Safe
Top 8Music of Motor CityDuet "Like a Prayer"
with Kree Harrison
Solo "You Keep Me Hangin' On"The Supremes4
Top 7RockSolo "You May Be Right"Billy Joel5Bottom 21
Trio "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me"
with Kree Harrison and Amber Holcomb
Top 6Burt Bacharach and Hal David"I'll Never Fall in Love Again"Jerry Orbach and Jill O'Hara5Safe
Songs They Wish They'd Written"The Dance"Garth Brooks11
Top 5Year They Were Born"When I Call Your Name"Vince Gill2Eliminated
Divas"Dumb Blonde"Dolly Parton7


Arthur is taking part in the American Idols LIVE! Tour 2013, beginning on July 19 and ending on August 31, 2013.


  1. ^ "Oliver Springs’ Janelle Arthur advances in ‘Idol’". 4 March 2013. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  2. ^ "An 'Idol' favorite". Christian Chronicle (Oklahoma City: Oklahoma Christian University). May 2013. p. 5. Retrieved 2013-04-12. 
  3. ^ "Terry Morrow: 'American Idol's' Janelle Arthur talks of love for Dolly Parton, Nicki Minaj". 14 March 2013. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "Pigeon Forge Entertainment - Country Tonite Pigeon Forge Show". Countrytonitepf.com. Retrieved 2013-04-14. 
  5. ^ "Pigeon Forge Local On American Idol Show". 7 February 2011. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  6. ^ "'American Idol': Top 10 Revealed Amid Brutal Eliminations". Retrieved 7 March 2013. 

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