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‘It’s gonna get wild’: Utah singer says ‘AGT’ was ‘just the beginning’

During her time on ‘AGT,’ 15-year-old Kenadi Dodds made Simon Cowell smile, got criticized for performing original music and drew comparisons to a “young Taylor Swift.”

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Kenadi Dodds, a 15-year-old singer from North Logan made it to the finale of “America’s Got Talent.”

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SALT LAKE CITY — Her time on “America’s Got Talent” is over, but Kenadi Dodds wants the world to know that this is “just the beginning.” 

In an unusual season filled with production delays, COVID-19 restrictions andinjury, the 15-year-old country singer from North Logan made it to the show’s top 10. Along the way, she made Simon Cowell smile, got criticized for performing original music and drew comparisons to a “young Taylor Swift.” 

A day after the “AGT” finale, the high school sophomore posted a video thanking family, friends and fans for supporting an endeavor that began several months ago when she auditioned for the show — right before thepandemic hit. 

“Thank you so much for every round, for voting for me and supporting me,” Kenadi said in a Facebook video on Sept. 24. “I really appreciate everyone’s support and everyone’s involvement with me being on ‘America’s Got Talent.’ I know that ‘AGT’ was a small chapter in my life and this is just the beginning.

“It’s gonna keep going. It’s gonna get wild,” she continued. “I want to say thank you ‘AGT’ for making a dream come true for me. It’s been an amazing ride.” 

After her audition aired in June, Kenadi told the Deseret News that regardless of how far she went on “AGT,” she hoped the show would get her closer to her dream of being a country star — something she’s envisioned since 2015, when she saw Shania Twain from the front row at Vivint Arena.

She recently told Sen. Mike Lee she wants to sell out Madison Square Garden by the time she’s 20. 

“I see my shows in the future hopefully looking kind of a mix between Shania Twain, Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift, that kind of thing,” she told the Deseret News. “I just want people to be able to escape and have their money’s worth. I want to have fun and put on a show.”

See below for all of Kenadi’s performances on “AGT.”

The audition

The quarterfinals

The semifinals

The finals