Michael J. Woodard Sings "Still I Rise" by Yolanda Adams - Top 5 - American Idol 2018 on ABC

  • Published on May 14, 2018
  • Michael J. Woodard sings "Still I Rise" by Yolanda Adams for his Mother's Day Top 5 performance in front of a live audience and Judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie on American Idol 2018.
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  • cassie manetoa
    cassie manetoa Day ago

    a bit unnerving i feel so in love with this guys voice and he is only 16.. my gard

    • music4mysoul
      music4mysoul 33 minutes ago

      He's actually 20 years old, hope that makes you feel better :)

  • Taliyah's Muva
    Taliyah's Muva Day ago +1

    I'm so sad that he didn't make it all of them was very talentedbut Michael was special and his voice touched me I pray he do big things and I hope to hear him on a radio soon

  • Mookie Monroe
    Mookie Monroe 3 days ago

    I saw him live tonight at the Tower Theater! He is GREAT!!!!!!

  • B&B H
    B&B H 10 days ago

    WHERE IS MICHAEL J. WOODARD?????? American Idol brought him to us MONTHS AGO but we NEED MORE OF MICHAEL! There's NO ONE who can sing and bring us in as he did on American Idol. WE MISS HEARING HIM !! WE WANT MORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • mbdl
      mbdl 10 days ago

      miss him too. greatest contestant ever on a singing show. he's on tour right now with the others.

  • Toomchrhytm
    Toomchrhytm 14 days ago

    His voice is nowhere near the level of Thaddeus' and he made it further. I could never listen to a whole album of this voice.....ever

  • Paula R
    Paula R 16 days ago

    Omg whats he’s skin care routine

  • Robbie Underwood
    Robbie Underwood 16 days ago

    My god he's like a seasoned entertainer and he's just started. He's a gift for all humanity.

  • Si Si
    Si Si 21 day ago

    He's my baby y'all 😭😭❤

  • hiram partible
    hiram partible 24 days ago

    Tevin campbell is that you? Lol! You should've won bro. Very lovely voice

  • hiram partible
    hiram partible 24 days ago

    Tevin campbell voice. I like this guy

  • kenita williams
    kenita williams 26 days ago +1

    Wow I remember seeing this kid on vine singing a few years back. Good to see he is taking his talents to the next level ❤️

  • Cathey Oliver
    Cathey Oliver 28 days ago +1

    There was a boy, a very strange enchanted boy...

  • Patrick Clemmons
    Patrick Clemmons Month ago +1

    Sort of favor Jesse Powell

  • Jessica Faren
    Jessica Faren Month ago

    I'm still so pissed that he went home that night!! Ugh this performance was just beautiful!

  • Robert Spoonemore
    Robert Spoonemore Month ago

    I'm sure he will get a contracts he's that great

  • Sheta Stevenson
    Sheta Stevenson Month ago

    Omg he is so amazing...in every way.....love ur voice

  • Liyah Pierre
    Liyah Pierre Month ago

    We love you you michael,all the way from down south!💚💙💛💜

  • Rosemary Hatchett
    Rosemary Hatchett Month ago

    If you look back on the past years of Idol Joshua , La’Porsha and now Michael all lost. These young people are so very gifted. I pray that just like Jennifer Hudson he too will become a member of a very elite few. He’s capable of winning a Grammy, Oscar and a Tony award. Just to think he’s a baby. His season is coming.

  • Jean Gibbs
    Jean Gibbs Month ago

    ❤❤❤ Michael

  • Mildred McVey
    Mildred McVey Month ago

    He should have won what a gift but he has already won people love him please never give up

  • Anna Rae
    Anna Rae Month ago

    He's special - WOW!!!!

  • Sharon jamie graves

    Anointed he is I can’t stop watching I rise the way his head moves its god touching him I’m so impressed by him I have all his performances on my play list somebody sign him he’s one of a kind

  • michael jeffries
    michael jeffries Month ago +1


  • Rizki Slamet
    Rizki Slamet Month ago

    at reff oh my god thats make me :((

  • bbricemobile
    bbricemobile Month ago

    Yes you do, Never give up America needs you now more than ever. Love you Michael

  • m42665
    m42665 Month ago

    I'm mad as hell about American Idol !! I said that the show was fix and now there proof on MSN NEWS it reads ( 'American Idol' Winner Taylor Hicks Says He Knew Who Got Eliminated Every Week Beforehand ) 6/30/2018 voting meads nothing on this show they have the winner pick already !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Mattikordor Nongsiej

    He is the most talented and versatile singer this season. And yet he didnt make it😞. Oh God I wish he grows so that he gives the likes of jason derulo a competition...😍His simplicity and his capability of making any his song his own amazes me to the core. I love u michael

  • Nirag Charlos Nostam

    Should have won

  • Laura Alexander
    Laura Alexander Month ago

    I fell in love with this guy every night I heard him sing...I will buy him up when he comes out with his own music... I would love to see him perform in a musical.

  • cmortalx
    cmortalx Month ago

    I am so surprised they let contestants sing Gospel now. Good job dude.

    • Kel0390
      Kel0390 Month ago +1

      cmortalx Oh, ok. I'm not sure about auditions, but they've let contestants sing gospel on the actual show before.

    • cmortalx
      cmortalx Month ago

      Kel0390 I honestly did not know this. Like in a time long ago in a galaxy far away when I was a teen, my cousin wasn't able to sing gospel songs on the show to audition. Like there was a list of songs that you could sing and gospel songs weren't on the list apparently.

    • Kel0390
      Kel0390 Month ago +1

      cmortalx They've always let contestants sing gospel. Where have you been?

  • Noel Aguado
    Noel Aguado Month ago +2

    for me he is the true American Idol 2018 :)

  • Jean Gibbs
    Jean Gibbs Month ago

    My American idol

  • Jammie Whitby
    Jammie Whitby Month ago +1

    You make my spirit happy every time you open your mouth to sing. This stage was your exposure. You will go far. May God and peace be with you lovely soul. 💛

  • Zina Hughes
    Zina Hughes Month ago +1

    Micheal you have an awesome voice and personality you will go far enough in the industry

    • Guesswho Me
      Guesswho Me Month ago

      Zina Hughes Yes he does and the way he sings makes you stop and listen to him, it's sort of mesmerizing I love hearing him sing. Fact is I didn't like this song until he sang it, (sorry YA) and now I love it but only his version of the song, which I hope he can do a full length version. I love this young man. @michaeljwoodard

  • Danyell Johnson
    Danyell Johnson 2 months ago

    After hearing this young man didn't win make it I do believe There's something amazing in store for him..he's much too talented..❤❤peace and love

  • Jose G.
    Jose G. 2 months ago

    I was rooting for him from Chile!!!! unfotunatedly we could not vote from here

  • Doris Orta
    Doris Orta 2 months ago +2


  • Agnes Muani
    Agnes Muani 2 months ago +1

    American idol where they eliminate the best and let the weak first haha3 watch x factor its better #ihopeyoureadthisamericanidol

  • Hassan'te Sanders
    Hassan'te Sanders 2 months ago


  • Mavis Fuller
    Mavis Fuller 2 months ago

    Like Katy said...I'm waiting to see Michael get that Grammy and Oscar.

  • Shishay Shishay
    Shishay Shishay 2 months ago

    Dont tell me because he's black that's why he didn't win. Please. But Maddie Poppe is also really good and unique. Can't compare.

  • Nia Karnita
    Nia Karnita 2 months ago

    My eyes got teary listening how Michael sang this song. Sincerely hope that he will be big in music business and stay humble!!

  • Jai Camille
    Jai Camille 2 months ago +1

    Can someone tell me who is this chocolate chip chic in blue in the audience? Seems like she hating on Michael or she mad cuz he didn’t give her any attention.🤣🤣🤣

  • Jarome Henry
    Jarome Henry 2 months ago


  • Anna Covers
    Anna Covers 2 months ago +1

    UM HOW? HOW DID HE NOT GET THROUGH?? America is out of there MIND!!!!

  • Nick Kamakaris
    Nick Kamakaris 2 months ago +1

    This will forever be one of the most memorable performances for me of American idol

  • Maria Nicolasa
    Maria Nicolasa 2 months ago +1

    Amaaaaaaaaazina Aaaaaaaaa Huuuuuyge Celebity :) :)

  • Preston Lee
    Preston Lee 2 months ago +1

    The judges say you are onnointed they are so right but do you know that when you stretch your hands across you are making the cross you in the middle represent the people with your hands across you are saying I will do what's right to make you happy keep singing your voice blesses hearts

  • Doctor Mu
    Doctor Mu 2 months ago +2

    Michael has more talent than the rest of the contestants combined. Magic
    1:01 OMG

  • Johanna Francois
    Johanna Francois 2 months ago +1

    that's was my favorite

  • PAul Henry
    PAul Henry 2 months ago +1

    God is good all the time. Very good singing.

  • Jonathan Josey
    Jonathan Josey 2 months ago +1

    Anointed... Katy had me shook when she used that word, it true!

  • Carlos Gouvea
    Carlos Gouvea 2 months ago +1

    Deserve to win...

  • deemrn1
    deemrn1 2 months ago +1

    So thankful to have had the opportunity to hear this angel what a gift....I will be waiting for what’s to come with this young man. Thank you Michael for sharing your gift of song 🎶

  • Jenica
    Jenica 2 months ago +1

    Can you please do a studio version please!

  • Jahir Rogers
    Jahir Rogers 2 months ago +1

    This guy is the real winner of American Idol but of course the best singers never wins and that's a damn shame

  • Anton Rubiano
    Anton Rubiano 2 months ago

    loved every moment of the song, how he made it his own. america is really dumb. can’t believe he did not make it to top 3 when this performance alone is the stand out of that night.

  • Clove
    Clove 2 months ago

    But that's just my opinion right now. I know people thought it was cute but these are peoples lives you are messing with. Imagine how some of the others felt. They put their blood sweat tears and prayers into this.Its not cute its a life changing competition not the dating game.

  • Clove
    Clove 2 months ago

    I think it was in very poor taste for Maddie to say " I don't care who wins" This young man sang his heart out and if she really didn't care she should have removed herself from the running because obviously others "cared" .....

  • Jan Chesson
    Jan Chesson 2 months ago +5

    Providence...Its as if Michael already knew he would not win and wanted to assure us he would be OK. By her early reaction, perhaps Katy already knew and couldn't prevent showing her emotions; Luke, as well...and Michael rises nevertheless.

  • Beverly Beale
    Beverly Beale 2 months ago +1

    This young man's heart is pure. His talents are pure and real! Whenever he sings, you can feel all of his emotions. Just cant understand his elimination. But trust as he believes, he will rise!

  • Jonathan Esker
    Jonathan Esker 2 months ago

    I am Yonatan, Michael and Jonathan, duck for Gabe

  • Septio Adjie
    Septio Adjie 2 months ago

    American idol or cowboy idol?

  • atare555
    atare555 2 months ago

    I am not surprised if Joshua Ledet could be robbed who is Micheal? i knew it was coming to this especially when he got every standing ovation at each performances from the judges this was a way of been two faced while they knew the show was not going to pick the best but the one person they can control, manipulate and make money off easily marketable to the white supremacist Zionist and a face to show white is good .Reason i detest all white privileges.however i must say Micheal was special and he had a rare touch . he ought to have won but they where all marvelous and talented they are all winners in their ways

  • Alishia Bright
    Alishia Bright 2 months ago

    This boy should not have gone home.

  • Marquis Thomas
    Marquis Thomas 2 months ago +1


  • Marquis Thomas
    Marquis Thomas 2 months ago +1


  • Marquis Thomas
    Marquis Thomas 2 months ago +1


  • Christian Lukusa
    Christian Lukusa 2 months ago +1

    This kid need to get signed to a label

  • cacciato69
    cacciato69 2 months ago +2

    way better than anyone in this competition imo I keep coming back to listen to HIS performances who else moves these judges like MJW style, voice, musicality the best

  • nokuphakama precious
    nokuphakama precious 2 months ago +1

    he is going far..he is super fantastic he should've won.This is weigh being talented.

  • Izzy M.
    Izzy M. 2 months ago +2

    Such an amazing talent. Reminds me of Michael Jackson ❤️❤️

  • Raziq Latif
    Raziq Latif 2 months ago +5

    never bored listening all MJW performance. lots of Love yall

  • Elliott Sohns
    Elliott Sohns 2 months ago +3

    And the girl who sang to Kermit won. So stupid. He’s 100x better

  • Kara Paroda
    Kara Paroda 2 months ago

    He sounds identical to Ne-yo 😍

  • E C
    E C 2 months ago

    He needs to sing some R Kelly 😍

  • John Lawler
    John Lawler 2 months ago +6

    One of the best performance I've seen on these vocal talent program. Really difficult some to sing with lots of accidentals, chord, and key changes. Killed it.

  • Valerie Pearson
    Valerie Pearson 2 months ago +2

    I'm still pissed he didn't win
    Maddie pope! Really 😡

  • Bonnie Valverde
    Bonnie Valverde 2 months ago +2

    Michael, I'm a huuuuuuuge fan!!! Every song, every performance moved me...like Katy said, you're anointed!! Can't wait to see where your talents take you!! God bless~~

  • JAJaja w
    JAJaja w 2 months ago +2

    How in the F did he not win?!?! He better get signed!!!

  • Just Air
    Just Air 2 months ago +5

    This turn into Sunday’s best real quick!😂💙

  • veric2222
    veric2222 2 months ago +1


  • Konner69
    Konner69 2 months ago

    he was my favorite, maddy is good tho

  • Ivar Bendanillo
    Ivar Bendanillo 2 months ago +2

    @MichaelJWoodard Everyone let's VOTE to see our favorite artist Michael to be on @LiveKellyRyan. We all for sure want to see him more on TV. #love #AmericanIdol t.co/vZTqZtbLq8

  • Jerry Nguyen
    Jerry Nguyen 2 months ago +1

    He should have sang I believe I Can Fly, he would of gotten all the votes, and Cade should have sang the Ramones I Wanna Live, they both would have made it in. Shame my two favorites.

  • Wil Celestin
    Wil Celestin 2 months ago

    Michael continued to outperform his peers. He’s the true winner.

  • MrsBee
    MrsBee 2 months ago

    oh no! he murdered Yolanda Adam's classic song. hatted it!

    • Raquel Cuello
      Raquel Cuello 2 months ago +1

      MrsBee . A master of melody. Trully amazing. Love him.

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  • Michelle Fox
    Michelle Fox 2 months ago +5

    How did Michael not WIN? So amazing.✨

  • mange rita
    mange rita 2 months ago +3

    In my heart, you remain the winner of this season. Love you 💙

  • Aaron Beard
    Aaron Beard 2 months ago +2

    What an artist. Can't wait for someone to sign him to a record deal. Enjoyed every performance. Great stuff Michael. All the very best going forward. Aussie fan.

  • V A Adande
    V A Adande 2 months ago +1

    You know this show is trash when the best singer BY FARRRRRRRRRR doesn't win let alone the top 3. Michael is EASILY the best talent. Not close. The others are Just good regular singers

  • sweetcurves79
    sweetcurves79 2 months ago +5

    Seriously one of the MOST moving performances on Idol. And Katy...that wasn’t emotion-it was the anointing (the Holy Spirit). I know you know, girl.

  • ricedecharo
    ricedecharo 2 months ago +3

    Such an Amazing God gifted young man....very pure an original..God has more in his plans for you.. keep singing and Rising Above It All!! Forever my #1 😍😘🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩

  • Yvonne Coward
    Yvonne Coward 2 months ago

    This was horrible, pitch, choppy. Hot mess. Please listen. Listen To the original by Yolanda adams. For Clarity

    • Raquel Cuello
      Raquel Cuello 2 months ago +3

      Yvonne Coward . Can't stop listening to this song. It touches my heart. Love him 💝

    • Yvonne Coward
      Yvonne Coward 2 months ago

      Donna Kethen guess that's why he didn't win

    • Donna Kethen
      Donna Kethen 2 months ago +2

      Yvonne Coward he's singing it in his style. ORIGINALITY

  • cleo5by5
    cleo5by5 2 months ago +1

    I could not even watch the end of the show to see the winner. At this point I do not care. I thought I kept up but did not think Michael would not be a finalist. And yes my household voted for him only. But in this real world, this is still clearly a popularity contest and not based on talent. Not to slight any of the talent but the two standing, I do not remember and will not remember no matter who wins. Even the last girl voted off was better than these two together. I thought I was a fan of idol and sorry to see the show go but now I have to wonder now why did they bring this show back just to show the troll groupies still win. I know I still follow this talented young man since he has a future anywhere he wants based on his talent alone.

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    latique collins 2 months ago +1


  • McKenna Rose
    McKenna Rose 2 months ago +1

    He should have stayed no doubt about it.

  • Shirleena Terrell
    Shirleena Terrell 2 months ago +1

    Love Michael & love love love love Yolanda Adams!

  • Noah Hughes
    Noah Hughes 2 months ago +7

    This gives me chills and a lump in my throat! This guy is magic.