© 2024 KPCW

Spencer F. Eccles Broadcast Center
PO Box 1372 | 460 Swede Alley
Park City | UT | 84060
Office: (435) 649-9004 | Studio: (435) 655-8255

Music & Artist Inquiries: music@kpcw.org
News Tips & Press Releases: news@kpcw.org
Volunteer Opportunities
General Inquiries: info@kpcw.org
Listen Like a Local Park City & Heber City Summit & Wasatch counties, Utah
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Richins makes it to American Idol top 14

Kaibrienne Richins is Henefer born-and-raised, fifth generation. Sunday, she'll sing before a panel of celebrity judges on national television.
American Idol
Kaibrienne Richins is Henefer born-and-raised, fifth generation.

A 20-year-old from Summit County is going far in American Idol season 22.

Kaibrienne Richins, a North Summit High School grad from Henefer, sang her first original song Sunday. It’s titled “Girl I Was.”

She called the song a “love letter to my younger self.” It was about finding self-love.

What seemed at first like a slip-up the judges found to be authentic and relatable.

“I think it's kind of boring when somebody's perfect. You know, because I think that we've all been there. We all relate to this," Katy Perry said. "There's humanity in that performance.”

Fellow judges Lionel Ritchie and Luke Bryan agreed. Ritchie shared his own experience freezing up before a crowd in Madison Square Garden.

American Idol announced Sunday night Richins was moving on to the next round of competition, after the public voted her into the top 20.

Monday night, the judges decided she should advance to the top 14 after her rendition of The Cranberries' "Zombie."