Vestavia Hills grad to be featured on American Idol premiere March 3

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Birmingham's Walker Burroughs will perform for the judges on the season debut  Sunday, March 3.
Birmingham’s Walker Burroughs will perform for the judges on the season premiere Sunday, March 3. (Photo via Walker Burroughs music facebook page)

We’ve got another star on the rise, Birmingham! Walker Burroughs, a recent Vestavia Hills High School grad, will represent the ‘ham on season seventeen of American Idol. You can catch the singer/songwriter on the season premiere Sunday, March 3!

Walker Burroughs on the set of American Idol. (Photo via Burroughs Instagram page)

Did you see Walker onscreen during the Oscars on Sunday, February 24? During a commercial break, he was featured in the nationally aired American Idol season teaser, wearing a yellow jacket and playing the keyboard. You can watch the video he posted on his Instagram last night below:

Walker, who graduated in May 2017, recently released his debut single “The Moon Song” last year before auditioning for American Idol in late 2018.

This won’t be Walker’s first time in the National Spotlight. He was featured on ABC World News Tonight with David Muir after his creative Vestavia Hills promposal performance went viral in 2017*.

American Idol Season Seventeen

The seventeenth season of the televised singing competition will premiere Sunday, March 3 at 7 PM on ABC. This season’s judges include Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan. Ryan Seacrest will again be the host.

The season seventeen finale will (tentatively) air May 20, 2019. We’ve got our fingers crossed for some Birmingham representation!

Swoon! Walker’s debut single, “The Moon Song” has my vote! (Photo via Walker Burroughs Instagram)

Burroughs joins a long list of Alabamians to make to the televised portion of the show. Past winners include Birmingham native Ruben Studdard, who won season two of American Idol. Since then, Studdard has gone on to release seven studio albums, one of which went platinum.

Three years later, Birmingham’s Taylor Hicks won season five in 2006. Since his big win, the blues-rock singer has played with the likes of Umphrey’s McGee, Tom Petty, Widespread Panic, Snoop Dogg, James Brown and Drive-By Truckers throughout his career. His latest single, “Six Strings and Diamond Rings” was released in 2017.

Join Walker Burroughs on his journey to American Idol stardom by following his Facebook page dedicated to his music or on his Instagram. You can also check him out on Spotify and iTunes.

When to Watch Walker Burroughs on American Idol:

  • Channel: ABC
  • Day: Sunday, March 3
  • Time: 7 PM CST

Good luck, Walker! We know you’re going to make it far and will be cheering every step of the way! (Please ask Ruben if you can borrow his famous 205 area code jersey if you make it to the top!)

(Photo via Walker Burroughs Instagram)

*This article originally reported that Burroughs graduated from Vestavia High school in 2018. He graduated in 2017.

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