Sunday, June 26, 2022

Idol thoughts: Shayla Winn reflects on her time in the spotlight

Shayla Winn, pictured here at Thomas Dale High School, was eliminated from the 17th season of “American Idol” last week, but says the singing competition helped her grow as an artist and singer. Photo by Jenny McQueen

Now that her televised run on the 17th season of “American Idol” has come to a close, Thomas Dale High senior Shayla “Shayy” Winn can reflect openly on the experience, which she says has been “surreal.”

After becoming one of the nationwide singing competition’s top 40 contestants, Winn was eliminated last week from this season’s competition. But the 18-year-old is taking it in stride and has positive things to say about pe...

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