Meet Kaylin Hedges, one of the few platinum ticket winners on American Idol Season 21. Not only that. She is also the youngest in the competition this time. So, in the writing below, let us tell you all about her including her family background, dating life, American Idol journey, and more.
Kaylin Hedges On American Idol
Kaylin Hedges was given the second platinum ticket in the show and as a result, during Hollywood Week, she performed a duet of Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now” with fellow Platinum ticket holder Tyson Venegas. The two engraved the judges with their rendition, with Luke Bryan and Katy Perry even taking to social media to show that they got goosebumps from their performance.
Before this, during the audition round, Kaylin wowed the judges with her rendition of “I’m Already There” by Lonestar. This had gone on air during the February 26 episode. Not only her singing but also her story moved the judges to the extent to gift her with a Platinum Ticket.
During her introduction to the show, Kaylin gushed that since the age of 5, she always watched and therefore aspired to be on Idol. She opened up that the show has held a special place in her heart.
Kaylin Hedges Career
Before Kaylin started writing her original songs and musicals, she went on stage for the first time when she was 6. It was a performance of a sheep in a regional theatre production of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” which she loved so much that she promised herself to never stop.
So today, Americal Idol is not Kaylin’s only time appearing on television though. Before this, she has been seen in episodes of Almost Family, The Other Two, and Shattered. She had a part in the film Soulmate(s) and she also notably starred in the Hollywood Bowl production of Annie.
Now a member of both AEA and SAG, she also most recently received rave reviews for her portrayal of Haley Westerbrook in the new Broadway-bound musical Loch Ness.
How Old Is Kaylin Hedges?
Kaylin Hedges turned 15 years old in 2022.
Kaylin Hedges Family
During Kaylin Hedges’s audition on Idol, fans also got to see her father, who to surprise her had come all the way from his place of deployment. The patriarch is Sgt. 1st Class Jeffrey Hedges and at this point, he had been stationed overseas in the Army. On LinkedIn, he mentioned serving as a radiology sergeant in US Army. He turned 39 years old in 2023.
During her audition performance, Kaylin shared with everyone that she has grown up mostly without her dad who has his job in the military keeping him. Nonetheless, she loves him and her dad too has been glum about him missing her birthday 9 years in a row. Kaylin, not expecting to see him until next year, was greatly amazed when he was right behind her on the stage. She had rushed to him and he enveloped her in one big embrace. Hailey Hedges, Kaylin’s mom, and Jeffrey’s wife, also joined in. “I have nothing but pride and admiration for you,” also Jeffrey said on stage to his daughter.
In a July 2019 Facebook post about her “pursuing a career in casting”, Kaylin’s mom said she had only been a military wife and a mom to “2 wonderful daughters” for the past 15 years. She had graduated from the CSA casting assistant program and was “truly excited” to fulfill her own passions and desire in the arts. On her Facebook, the matriarch also mentioned being a certified substitute teacher. She turned 37 in January 2023.
Kaylin is also very fond of her one and only sibling, her sister Emalyn. Back in September 2018, when Kaylin had her first day of school in 6th grade, the youngest Emalyn had hers in 3rd grade.
Does Kaylin Hedges Have A Boyfriend?
Kaylin Hedges was likely single and had no boyfriend as of April 2023. Or, she just chose to keep her dating life a secret.
Kaylin Hedges High School
Kaylin Hedges was really excited and nervous when she started high school back on 2 September 2021. Fast forward to the time she went on American Idol, she was a sophomore at Fox Lane High School. And she seemed proud of the Idol journey also because her school and town had been rooting her on. In fact, even Shelley Mayer, New York State Senator for the 37th Senate District, took to her social media to officially congratulate and celebrate Kaylin’s platinum ticket win. Shelley raved that she is proud to represent a district with so many talented and dedicated constituents.
Kaylin Hedges Height
At this point, Kaylin Hedges stood below 5’3” in height. Clearly, she is yet to attain her fuller height.
Is Kaylin Hedges On Instagram?
Yes. Kaylin Hedges was on Instagram @kaylinhedgesofficial with 1,321 posts and 16.3K followers as of 4 April 2023.
When Is Kaylin Hedges’s Birthday?
Kaylin Hedges’s birthday is on August 19th and that makes her a Leo.
Where Is Kaylin Hedges From?
Kaylin Hedges originally hails from Pound Ridge, New York. As of 2023, she continued to live in this place while pursuing her music dreams.