American Idol contestant Tristan McIntosh may have just been sent home last week, but she already has a very exciting announcement. Country singer Darius Rucker asked Tristan to sing with him at the Grand Ole Opry Tuesday night. The 15-year-old got to perform “Wagon Wheel” with Rucker, but that wasn’t her biggest surprise. He then invited Tristan to return for her very own solo Opry debut.
Tristan shared the big news with her social media followers, posting a few pictures of herself with Darius Rucker. She also posted a short video clip of the performance to Instagram, saying, “Last night was so amazing. I’m honestly still in shock.” McIntosh went on to say what a “great man” Darius Rucker is.
McIntosh also got to rub shoulders with some other huge names in country music while at the Opry. Prior to making her big announcement, she posted a picture of herself with Charlie Daniels backstage.
American Idol mentor and head of Big Machine Records, Scott Borchetta, recently discussed Tristan McIntosh with Taste of Country. He feels Tristan has a bright future to look forward to in country music if she continues to work as hard as she has been.
“She just needed more time. If she will continue to display the work ethic that she displayed on the show, get up every day and work on the music, work on her craft, I honestly think that Tristan has a future in music. I really do.”
Since her American Idol departure, many have wondered if there are any plans for Tristan to work with Scott Borchetta’s Big Machine Records label. Billboard reports that McIntosh remained tight-lipped about any possible collaboration, but didn’t deny it, either.
When asked about it, Tristan simply replied, “Umm. That’s… I can’t really give anything right now to answer that question.”
Some of Tristan McIntosh’s American Idol performances included songs by Martina McBride, Vince Gill, Rascal Flatts, Faith Hill, and Carrie Underwood. The budding artist also got to duet with former American Idol contestant and country star Kellie Pickler.
Tristan won the judges and many fans over during her very emotional audition. After wowing judges Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick, Jr., and Keith Urban with her cover of Mickey Guyton’s “Why Baby Why,” McIntosh began talking about her mom — a Major in the United States Army.
Tristan tearfully mentioned how she wished her mom could be there with her, but explained she was currently deployed to the Middle East. Everyone was left in tears when Tristan’s mother showed up on set to surprise her.
Tristan McIntosh said she and her entire family took her Idol departure very well. Showing such maturity for a 15-year-old, she recognizes although her days on American Idol ended, her future has just begun.
“My whole family took it really well because just to be in the top six is an honor in itself. It’s amazing to be here. It’s a great experience, especially at 15. As I have been saying, it’s not the end it’s just the beginning. It was a great place to start my career.”
As Tristan takes in the news of her upcoming Opry debut, she is cheering on the remaining five American Idol contestants. She tweeted good luck to them earlier, saying she can’t wait to reunite with them at the finale.
No date has been set for Tristan McIntosh’s Grand Ole Opry debut. However, she told fans she will update them with details via her social media accounts.
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