Kosovar Youth: Melinda Ademi (Singer, American Idol Contestant)

By: Kosovo Diaspora    August 5, 2012

Melinda Ademi, a U.S. national born in Kosovo, came into the news as a contestant at the American Idol Season 10. In several of her interviews she talked about Kosovo, how her family won a Green card and why they left Kosovo during the war.

In her auditioning interview she stated: “My farther decided to try the Green card lottery so we can have a better life. If I was back in Kosovo I would not have the opportunity to sing.” On January 19, 2011, News Day reported: “Victoria Huggins steals our heart, Melinda Ademi our soul on American Idol.”

Her story also got reported on the website of the international music channel MTV, who wrote:

“Yonkers, New York, native Melinda Ademi, a 16-year-old daughter of Albanian immigrant refugees from war-torn Kosovo, had the kind of dramatic story arc custom-made for “Idol.” But she also happened to have some serious pipes too. Her “If I Ain’t Got You” by Alicia Keys won her a golden ticket, inspiring Tyler to quip, “You won the lottery twice.“”

Her three minute story on American idol was viewed by more than 26 million viewers in the U.S.

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