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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  • Jamie Miller
    Jamie Miller 2 days ago

    His voice is AMAZING. love listening to him and watching him perform.

  • Vuyani Zonke
    Vuyani Zonke 4 days ago

    I love you Michael. Every time I feel sad, I watch videos of you on TheXvid. You're an amazing soul.

  • O Overlyloved
    O Overlyloved 6 days ago +1

    Absolutely amazing

  • doretha W
    doretha W 19 days ago

    Poor Katy she is definitely me. I was no good when he was done.

  • ティモテP
    ティモテP 27 days ago +1


  • Brian Perry
    Brian Perry Month ago

    He got skillllllllls

  • The Drum Lord Lopez
    The Drum Lord Lopez 3 months ago

    Aye!!!! That riff at the End!!!!!! Stop!

  • julie johnson
    julie johnson 3 months ago

    This child is great! Keep singing! 👏👏👏👏👏👍👍

  • Jam Rock
    Jam Rock 3 months ago

    I stopped watching *American Idol* when *Jennifer Hudson* was sent home early years ago, in seventh place. Then I came upon this video of *Michael J.* and found out he was kicked off too, with so much talent....😭

  • JJ diddle
    JJ diddle 3 months ago

    I can't stop watching this guy, just annointed me again!

  • julesofficial
    julesofficial 4 months ago +2

    A Michael fansite is now live. Come visit the fan forums and let's network with fellow Michael supporters :) michaeljwoodardfansitedotcom

  • Fairdeen Thank You
    Fairdeen Thank You 4 months ago +1

    Michael where are you I missed your music.....

    • Fairdeen Thank You
      Fairdeen Thank You 4 months ago

      +julesofficial I just wish he grow in the music industry

    • julesofficial
      julesofficial 4 months ago +1

      He has just finished the "Idol" live tour with the Top 7 two days ago :) Hopefully new projects are coming and that we'll hear from him soon.

  • whyneed1215
    whyneed1215 4 months ago

    What in the Michael Jackson Vegas impersonation? 😂😂

  • fLaSH TV
    fLaSH TV 4 months ago

    They canned him because he sang a christian song... Big no no in their sick lude world...

  • JJ diddle
    JJ diddle 4 months ago

    I can't stop watching this kid!

  • Juana Harper
    Juana Harper 4 months ago

    This song should have taken it for the Idol, and the rest he sung as well.

  • Kathy Anderson
    Kathy Anderson 4 months ago

    Believe me! You are DESTINED FOR GREATNESS!!!! The best is yet to come!!!!

  • Joe Rey Pedregoza
    Joe Rey Pedregoza 5 months ago


  • O'Meal O. Reid
    O'Meal O. Reid 5 months ago +1

    Please check out my 9 year-old daughter Omani Reid doing her first personal audition in her room of The Greatest Love of All by the late Whitney Houston. Please visit the link BELOW to watch the full performance and to subscribe/like my daughters very first singing video. More videos to come! She had no practice and didn’t fully know the lyrics but when she first heard this song she fell in love with it. Singing is her passion. PLEASE SHOW HER SOME LOVE BY SHARING WITH SOMEBODY ELSE. Enjoy! thexvid.com/video/Gb6QfYEtnUg/video.html

  • cassie manetoa
    cassie manetoa 5 months ago

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

    • music4mysoul
      music4mysoul 5 months ago

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

  • Taliyah's Muva
    Taliyah's Muva 5 months 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 5 months ago

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

  • B&B H
    B&B H 5 months 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 5 months ago

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

  • Toomchrhytm
    Toomchrhytm 5 months 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 5 months ago

    Omg whats he’s skin care routine

  • Robbie Underwood
    Robbie Underwood 5 months 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 5 months ago

    He's my baby y'all 😭😭❤

  • hiram partible
    hiram partible 6 months ago

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

  • hiram partible
    hiram partible 6 months ago

    Tevin campbell voice. I like this guy

  • kenita williams
    kenita williams 6 months 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 6 months ago +1

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

  • Patrick Clemmons
    Patrick Clemmons 6 months ago +1

    Sort of favor Jesse Powell

  • Jessica Faren
    Jessica Faren 6 months ago

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

  • Robert Spoonemore
    Robert Spoonemore 6 months ago

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

  • Sheta Stevenson
    Sheta Stevenson 6 months ago

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

  • Liyah Pierre
    Liyah Pierre 6 months ago

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

  • Rosemary Hatchett
    Rosemary Hatchett 6 months 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 6 months ago

    ❤❤❤ Michael

  • Mildred McVey
    Mildred McVey 6 months ago

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

  • Anna James
    Anna James 6 months ago

    He's special - WOW!!!!

  • Sharon jamie graves
    Sharon jamie graves 6 months ago

    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 6 months ago +1


  • Rizki Slamet
    Rizki Slamet 6 months ago

    at reff oh my god thats make me :((

  • bbricemobile
    bbricemobile 6 months ago

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

  • m42665
    m42665 6 months 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
    Mattikordor Nongsiej 6 months ago

    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
    Nirag Charlos Nostam 6 months ago

    Should have won

  • Laura Alexander
    Laura Alexander 7 months 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 7 months ago

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

    • Kel0390
      Kel0390 6 months 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 6 months 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 7 months ago +1

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

  • Noel Aguado
    Noel Aguado 7 months ago +2

    for me he is the true American Idol 2018 :)

  • Jammie Whitby
    Jammie Whitby 7 months 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 7 months ago +1

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

    • Guesswho Me
      Guesswho Me 7 months 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 7 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. 7 months ago

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

  • Doris Orta
    Doris Orta 7 months ago +2


  • Agnes Muani
    Agnes Muani 7 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 7 months ago


  • Mavis Fuller
    Mavis Fuller 7 months ago

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

  • Shishay Shishay
    Shishay Shishay 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 months ago


  • Anna Covers
    Anna Covers 7 months ago +1

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

  • Nick Kamakaris
    Nick Kamakaris 7 months ago +1

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

  • Maria Nicolasa
    Maria Nicolasa 7 months ago +1

    Amaaaaaaaaazina Aaaaaaaaa Huuuuuyge Celebity :) :)

  • Preston Lee
    Preston Lee 7 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 7 months ago +2

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

  • Johanna Francois
    Johanna Francois 7 months ago +1

    that's was my favorite

  • PAul Henry
    PAul Henry 7 months ago +1

    God is good all the time. Very good singing.

  • Jonathan Josey
    Jonathan Josey 7 months ago +1

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

  • Carlos Gouvea
    Carlos Gouvea 7 months ago +1

    Deserve to win...

  • deemrn1
    deemrn1 7 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 7 months ago +1

    Can you please do a studio version please!

  • Jahir Rogers
    Jahir Rogers 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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!

  • Septio Adjie
    Septio Adjie 7 months ago

    American idol or cowboy idol?

  • atare555
    atare555 7 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 7 months ago

    This boy should not have gone home.

  • Marquis Thomas
    Marquis Thomas 7 months ago +1


  • Marquis Thomas
    Marquis Thomas 7 months ago +1


  • Marquis Thomas
    Marquis Thomas 7 months ago +1


  • Christian Lukusa
    Christian Lukusa 8 months ago +1

    This kid need to get signed to a label

  • cacciato69
    cacciato69 8 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 8 months ago +1

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

  • Izzy M.
    Izzy M. 8 months ago +2

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

    GANJAMAN 8 months ago +5

    never bored listening all MJW performance. lots of Love yall

  • Elliott Sohns
    Elliott Sohns 8 months ago +3

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

  • Kara Paroda
    Kara Paroda 8 months ago

    He sounds identical to Ne-yo 😍

  • E C
    E C 8 months ago

    He needs to sing some R Kelly 😍

  • John Lawler
    John Lawler 8 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 8 months ago +2

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

  • Bonnie Valverde
    Bonnie Valverde 8 months ago +3

    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 8 months ago +2

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

  • Just Air
    Just Air 8 months ago +5

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

  • veric2222
    veric2222 8 months ago +1


  • Konner69
    Konner69 8 months ago

    he was my favorite, maddy is good tho