Watch Colton Dixon, Danny Gokey and Melinda Doolittle Pay Tribute to Mandisa on "American Idol"


On Monday's episode of the American Idol broadcast, there was a coast-to-coast tribute to MANDISA featuring Colton DixonDanny Gokey and Melinda Doolittle. The past American Idol finalists performed "Shackles (Praise You)," a song Mandisa performed as a contestant on the show's 5th season and recorded on her debut album, True Beauty, in 2007. 

Watch the tribute performance HERE.

The trio dressed in all white as they performed the gospel tune, and the show revealed a collage of photos of the late singer at the end.

"I've known her for over 20 years," Doolittle said following the performance. "We started off singing background and sessions together, and then she got on 'Idol,' and I cheered for her. Then I came the next season, and she cheered for me. So that is my girl through and through."

Gokey remembered Mandisa as always being "a cheerleader for other people," including himself when he was going through a difficult time.

"Idol" host Ryan Seacrest asked the group to elaborate on Mandisa's connection to "Shackles," to which Dixon said, "The song sums up her life. I think she came in praising, I think she left praising. We're gonna miss her, but our loss is heaven's gain."

The GMA Dove Award and GRAMMY® Award-winning artist passed away Thursday, April 18th, 2024 in her home in Nashville. She was 47. The cause of death is not yet known.  

Mandisa was a voice of encouragement and truth to people facing life's challenges all around the world.. She performed her three RIAA Certified Gold hit singles "Overcomer," "Good Morning (feat. TobyMac)" and "Stronger" on ABC's Good Morning America (GMA), with "Stronger" becoming an anthem and creating opportunities such as welcoming the emotional return of beloved morning host Robin Roberts back to GMA and an invitation to perform the national anthem during a Sunday night NFL Network game to kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month. 






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