When Kenedi Anderson sat at the piano on American Idol to perform Lady Gaga’s “Applause” for her audition she was barely five notes into her performance when the judges’ faces were beaming with excitement.
At the conclusion, judge Lionel Richie told her she was “the answer to our prayers.” And to reward her talent, Lionel and fellow judges Katy Perry and Luke Bryan presented her with one of only three platinum tickets that will be given out this season in honor of the talent competition’s 20th season – 5th on ABC.
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Who is Kenedi Anderson’s father?
But it turns out that Kenedi Anderson isn’t the only Anderson in the public eye. She mentioned in passing that her family had to move often because of her father’s job in the “football industry,” but she didn’t share his identity. We can now tell you that her father is Justin Anderson, a professional college football coach and former player.
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While Kenedi might have been trying to keep his identity on the downlow, the proud father was having none of it. He took to Twitter to express his excitement at his daughter’s achievement.
First, he reposted a tweet from Kenedi that read: “I cannot believe I had #AMomentLikeThis. I GOT THE #PlatinumTicket AND IM HEADING TO HOLLYWOOD!!! Thanks so much, @KatyPerry, @LukeBryan, and @LionelRichie! #AmericanIdol.”
Anderson’s response was: “Love you @kenedianderson_! Dreams do come true when you work hard for them! God is good!! #AmericanIdol #kenedianderson”
Then later, he reposted a clip of his daughter’s audition, writing: “God is good! Stay true to yourself and Him and he will continue to guide your path! Proud of who you are!!!! Love you kiddo!!!”
Who is Justin Anderson?
Justin Anderson is the East Carolina University Football Director of Player Personnel/Recruiting, a father, husband, and coach, according to his Twitter account.
What teams did Justin Anderson play for?
Anderson was a wide receiver at BYU (Brigham Young University) in Utah from 2000 to 2002 after starting his collegiate career at Ricks (Idaho) College. While with the Cougars, he was a part of the 2001 Mountain West Conference championship squad that went on to compete in the Liberty Bowl. Additionally, he was selected to the MWC All-Academic Team as a junior.
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Where has Justin Anderson coached?
Anderson was appointed director of player personnel and recruiting at East Carolina University on Jan. 27, 2022. He previously served as director of player personnel at Atlantic Coast Conference member Virginia for six years, following an earlier administrative support role at alma mater BYU.
During his time in Virginia, the Cavs earned bowl eligibility status in four of the last five seasons during Anderson’s stay at Virginia—Military (2017), Belk (2018), Capital One Orange (2019) and Wasabi Fenway (2021). UVA also advanced to the ACC Championship Game in 2019 after capturing the league’s Coastal Division title with a 6-2 mark.
From 2010 to 2015, Anderson worked as an assistant coach and later assistant head coach at FCS member Nicholls State University and as the NFL liaison.
He broke into the coaching ranks as the offensive coordinator at Harmony (Fla.) High School from 2004 to 2007.
What degrees does Justin Anderson hold?
He graduated from BYU with a bachelor’s degree in communications in 2002. Then he earned his master’s in communication from BYU in 2012 while working there as a graduate assistant coach.
How many children does Justin Anderson have?
In addition to Kenedi, Anderson and wife Anne, have five other children—Dakota, Rubee, Peyton, Jayce and Jackson.
American Idol airs Sunday nights at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.
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