Congratulations to KAKE Idol Winner Samantha Melillo>

Melillo won an American Idol Silver Ticket which guarantees them a special audition with an American Idol producer. If the producer likes the audition the contestant will be sent on to audition in front of the judges which include Katy Perry, Luke Bryan & Lionel Richie.

The ten (10) runners-up will be awarded “Front of the Line” passes to the American Idol audition in Wichita, Wednesday, September 4th.

Congratulations to these contestants for winning a Front of the Line pass

Alexandra Keller

Tyrone Branch

Emily Rugg

Kristen Hatchel

Emma Grace Smith

Haven Alexandra

Turiah Bufford

Ari Chandler

Makayla Brownlee

Ryan Shaban

The 5 finalists will performed Live on Good Morning KAKEland beginning Aug. 19.

Winner Receives:

  • A trip for two to a Celebrity Judge Audition location TBD.
  • Special audition with an executive producer.
  • Pass through to celebrity judges if executive producer approves.


  • Aug. 3 – Aug.16: Video submissions accepted
  • Aug. 19 – Aug. 23: Online voting
  • Aug.. 26 – Winner is announced live during KAKE News at 4pm

2019 Finalists