Who is Amara Valerio? Stuns American Idol Judges Through Her Performance

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Amara Valerio is an American Singer and Songwriter. She is one of the contestants of American Idol 23. The show is judged by Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie. She is a former Yonkers Junior Idol and Yonkers Idol contestant. If successful, Amara will be the first Yonkers Idol to make it on American Idol.

Who is Amara Valerio?

Born in Yonkers, Amara Valerio is graduated from Yonkers Montessori Academy in 2020. She also attended Cornell University to pursue Bachelor of Arts in American Studies.

Valerio is currently working as Human Resources Intern for Capital One. She has previously served for Kappa Alpha Pi Professional Pre-Law Fraternity and Cornell University. ((LinkedIn))

She is an extrovert who loves to sing R&B and soul music in her spare time, grab an iced latte from Cornell’s renowned Zeus cafe, and spend quality time with her beloved older brother Luke.


Valerio performed Jazmine Sullivan’s “Bust Your Windows” during the audition of American Idol. She was “Kanye’d” while singing the National Anthem at her high school graduation ceremony. This infamous mishap quickly went viral and Katy, Luke and Lionel were filled with outrage after watching the incident unfold.


Valerio further shared that her own graduation the following year was unfortunately cancelled due to COVID shutdowns, preventing her from having an opportunity to redeem herself and sing the National Anthem for her own graduating class. ((Younkers Time)) ((Westchester News))

Personal Life

Amara Valerio was born on March 5, 2002 in Yonkers, New York. She is an elder sister named Leyla Valerio. ((Instagram)) She is currently in relationship with musician Andrew Aman.

Amara Valerio with sister as children
Amara Valerio with sister as children
Amara Valerio with Boyfriend Andrew Aman
Amara Valerio with Boyfriend Andrew Aman

About American Idol 21

American Idol is back and better than ever for its twenty-first season! This sixth season since the show’s revival is hosted by Ryan Seacrest, with judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie. The audition process has changed drastically due to Covid-19; this season has seen the introduction of the remote auditions that took place from August 3 to September 14, 2022.

In addition, the show brought back the “Platinum Ticket,” which gives three lucky contestants the chance to advance directly to Hollywood Week and pick their duet partners.

The journey to becoming America’s next singing idol is a long and hard one. However, viewers are able to follow along every step of the way and root for their favorites. From the regional auditions to Hollywood Week to the grueling live shows, American Idol provides an up-close look at some of the best up-and-coming talent out there. It’s an emotional roller coaster for everyone involved, filled with plenty of surprises and intense performances.

This season of American Idol looks like it will be full of moments that will stick with viewers for years to come. Let’s all stay tuned to see what amazing talent American Idol season 21 has in store!

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