Gabby Barrett has proven herself a force to be reckoned with on this season of American Idol.
The teen has held her own, wowing the judges week after week whether she's performing solo, in a duet or in a group. She solidified her spot in the competition on Sunday, April 22, and is now considered a front runner to win season 16 in the finale
There are still a few weeks left in the competition, which is plenty of time to get acquainted with Gabby Barrett.
Here's What You Need to Know on Gabby Barrett
Who is Gabby Barrett?
Gabby Barrett is an 18-year-old Munhall, Pennsylvania, native. Before appearing on the show, where she continues to excel, she attended Serra Catholic in McKeesport, Pennsylvania.
Gabby has spoken openly on the ABC competition series about the bullying she suffered there. She left high school as a result, instead enrolling online.
Her father has been a major supporter throughout her entire time on American Idol, even joining her in Hollywood.
Speaking with Triblive, her father Blaise Barrett said: 'Gabby doesn't have one ounce of nerves (performing for an audience) because she loves to perform in front of crowds. It is much harder for her to perform in front of the three judges [Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan].'
Gabby Barrett high school
Gabby Barrett enrolled in high school online after being bullied at a local Catholic high school. In 2017, the teen put together a tour called Dreams Really Do Come True, where she visited Pittsburgh-area high schools spreading an anti-bullying message and performing.
She remains passionate about the cause.
Gabby Barrett family
Gabby Barrett's family has been behind her all the way in her journey to the American Idol finale. Her father Blaise Barrett serves as her manager.
He accompanies her on the road and is her biggest cheerleader. She also has the backing of the rest of her family, however.
'Most of the time it was just me and her,' her father said of attending show tapings. 'But we were able to finish the last two weeks with her brother and sister supporting her. That helped a lot so she wasn't homesick.'
Gabby is one of eight children and she's been singing since a young age.
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Gabby Barrett The Climb
Gabby Barrett sings The Climb: Here
Gabby Barrett's most recent American Idol performance was her rendition of The Climb, by Miley Cyrus. The clip was posted on YouTube Sunday and has been watched more than 300,000 times.
Gabby delivers a growly performance as she works the stage from one end to the other. I’ve never seen her so animated, complete with high kicks and major hair flips. The judges are standing for her. Katy wants to know what she ate for dinner. She’ll have what she’s having
What did the fans think of Gabby Barrett:
Kayla Chesser Oh best news of the night. I started screaming and clapping. She definitely deserved her spot in the top ten. Now she just needs to get that title of the next American idol. YOU GO GIRL!
Ashley Marie Stevens Great job tonight! So happy for you!!! Keep going girl!
Allie Wirick BEST ON THE SHOW!!!!!! Voted for her all 30 times love her!
Kathleen Swinehart We already have a Carrie Underwood. I feel shes trying to hard to be like her in stage presence. I don't really know who she is in unique artistry. She can sing well, can dance the stage for show, but , mmmm feel she's a copy cat. Not being hateful at all, just my own opinion.
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