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Walker Burroughs Makes ‘American Idol’ Top 8

Sophomore music education major Walker Burroughs competed live on national television Sunday night, resulting in him making the “American Idol” Top 8!

Burroughs sang “When She Loved Me” from Toy Story 2 during Disney Night on American Idol 2019 in front of celebrity judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie. Once again, the judges were impressed by Burroughs’ performance and professionalism with Richie stating, “We call you in our business a pro. That is about as close to a perfect performance as I could ever think of.”

On Monday night’s “Meet the Finalists” episode, Burroughs also shared his love for Belmont and footage aired of him and his friends, including former contestant and alum Emma Kleinberg, on campus. That segment can be viewed at approximately the 43 minute mark on Monday’s episode on

Tune in Sunday, April 28 from 7-9 p.m. Central on ABC to see Burroughs compete in the next round with former contestant Adam Lambert returning to the show to mentor contestants as they tackle Queen’s catalog.

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