Monday, February 22, 2021

Canton Teen Appears on American Idol

Canton's Hannah Everhart made it to the stage of American Idol last night.  The precocious 17 year-old performed Johnny Cash's The Wayfaring Stranger in front of Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, and Luke Bryan.  Much hay was made about her strong resemblance to Katy Perry. Indeed, Ms. Perry asked her young Everhart "are you the country clone of me."  The nervous teen replied "something like that."  Watch the fun below. 


Anonymous said...

Lionel Richie has had some work done-

Anonymous said...

Good job Hannah. From fellow Cantonite.

Anonymous said...

Do you think the producers told her to exaggerate her accent? I mean she is really laying it on thick. Very talented though, congrats!

Anonymous said...

Did she make the cut?

Anonymous said...

Is she originally from Canton? One article referenced that she attended "James Madison High School." Never heard of it.

Anonymous said...

Loved the Etta James number.

Anonymous said...

I have lived in Mississippi for over 50 years and I have never heard that accent. Good job though. I would have choked.

Anonymous said...

@ February 22, 2021 at 11:02 AM, James Mdison is an online High school program/platform.

Anonymous said...

Congrats...I guess? Perpetuating the dumb redneck hick mentality so many perceive as "Mississippi". I mean I can be a redneck too, but dang, that's pretty bad.

Anonymous said...

There was also a very talented young man from Marks, MS as well. Wishing both of them the best.

Kingfish said...

I've heard quite a few accents such as that one in this state.

They both passed on to the next round. Now back to watching Turandot on

Anonymous said...

11:25 - you've never spent much time in Yazoo City or west of Pickens have you? I dont know the young lady personally but I know both sides of her extended family. I wish her luck.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a regular rural Mississippi accent to me.

Anonymous said...

It was a great read by the judges to give her another shot with a more dynamic song. The Wayfaring Stranger was a bad choice for a singing competition.

Kingfish said...

Nice voice but I thought she needed to work on her breath support as well as using her mouth. She has potential but vocal training would help. You're right, the first song was not her forte. She sounded better on the second song as it made her work.

Anonymous said...

I have a niece, honors grad from Mississippi college, teaches advanced mathematics at one of the top public schools in the state. Talks just like Hannah. Plain old Mississippi country accent.

Anonymous said...

I thought the girl did fair, considering she told the judges three or four times that she was nervous.
She was a little defensive as well, as many Mississippians ( and Southerners in general) would be in that situation.

I do hope she shows more self confidence in her next round.

I've known many Mississipians with her accent. She was not faking anything.

"11:25 - you've never spent much time in Yazoo City or west of Pickens have you?"

Or even in Natchez !

I lived down there for twenty years and went in with the expectation that many of the Natchez folks had an
Old South aristocratic dialect much like Eudora Welty, William Winter, Shelby Foote of even a Hollywood Scarlett O'Hara accent.

Only a few did.
Most sounded like this girl.

I hope she does better in her next round.


Anonymous said...

I hope Hannah KEEPS her accent, and doesn't (like every other supposedly-"Country" young female in the industry) start speaking in that vomit-inducing, high-pitched YANKEE CHAINSAW/SCREAMING-SEAGULL accent. Between the Glottal Fry and the Great Lakes Vowel Shift, the young women of "Country" are all sounding like they crawled out of an extra-rough trailer park in Hamtramck, Michigan, and only sing "Country", because it's easier to break-into.

Hannah Everhart, on the other hand, sounds AUTHENTIC. She IS authentic. She's great, just like she is.

Casey said...

If she can dance like her ol man, she’s gonna be good. He can hold a note, as well. Speed it up and let’s gooooo!

Kuntry said...

Good luck girl

Anonymous said...

Dang folks. Some of you just cant be happy with anyone getting a little fame.Maybe you should try a laxative.I think she is cute, talented and original.If her accent bothers maybe you should move to New York where they speak perfectly.

Anonymous said...

Canton and Gluckstadt/Madison are not the same thing. Ever been to Canton?

Anonymous said...

LOL 5:09. No one from the Bronx or Nassau County has room to make fun of anybody’s accent. Have an upvote.

Anonymous said...

Speaking of our Mississippi girls that made it to "Idol", what ever became of Skylar Laine ?

She was a little Rankin County cutie that made it into the (final four) years ago !

And she didn't sound any different than the rest of us Sip' natives !

Anonymous said...

" Lionel Richie has had some work done"

Yep . . . but his plastic looks better than many of his peers.
"Actually he looks better than his adopted daughter Nicole's nose and chest reconstructions".

Anyway, I wish Hannah well !!!

Anonymous said...

She had to have grown up singing karaoke with her mom at Club 43!

Anonymous said...

11:25- Don’t get out of Fondren much, do you? I have a feeling you choke on something pretty often.

robert redd said...

Kingfish can you provide any info or clip of chap from Marks? A friend committed that "he sang his heart out, and also made the cut

Anonymous said...

Cool beans. Crab crackers over popcorn any day. Or, ribs from Jasco.

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