The Girl Who Gave us Kodi Lee is Now on ‘American Idol’— Who’s Makayla Phillips?

Jill O'Rourke
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Kodi Lee‘s bestie and AGT Golden Buzzer act Makayla Phillips is auditioning for American Idol! The 17-year-old teased her appearance on Instagram this week, and we can’t wait to find out whether she made it through.

WAtch All 2018 Golden Buzzers – Makayla Phillips ‘American Idol’ Golden Buzzer

Read on to find out more about this talented young singer, as well as how she was the connecting dot that got us Season 14 AGT winner Kodi Lee. Did you know they’re best friends and duet partners?

Who Is Makayla Phillips?

Makayla was 15 when she auditioned for AGT Season 13. She performed Demi Lovato’s “Warrior,” and impressed judge Heidi Klum enough for her to press the Golden Buzzer.

“I think you are absolutely incredible,” Heidi told her. “I love the whole package. I love your smile, I love how you project to everyone. Your voice is incredible.”

Makayla’s mom shared before her audition that she’s wanted to be on AGT since she was 3 years old. She finally got her dream, and made it to the semifinals. Now she’s hoping for another chance on the American Idol stage.

Makayla Phillips Indroduced Kodi Lee To ‘AGT’

As it turns out, Makayla Phillips is good friends with a fellow AGT Golden Buzzer act, Season 14 winner Kodi Lee. Makayla posts about him frequently on social media, calling him her “bestie” and “love of my life.” She even called Kodi and his family her “second family” on Twitter.

Kodi came to the AGT taping to support Makayla on her AGT journey, and that trip turned out to be his first audition for the show. Kodi had an opportunity to sing fort he audience (As you can see in the video below) and clearly the producers took note. That karaoke moment during commercial break beside the AGT stage, was Kodi’s ticket to season 14.

Kodi Lee at ‘Americas’ Got Talent’ 2018 supporting Makayla Phillips

Kodi posted his karaoke performance on his YouTube channel almost as a public online audition to America’s Got Talent. Here’s what he wrote:

PLEASE HELP SHARE and TAG so I can show America my talents 🤗❤️ I was thinking about sending this as my online AGT audition? I know the judges are looking for unique artists with a special touch. Well I am 1 of only 25 in the world that can be considered a human karaoke machine (Makayla Phillips named me), a music computer that can hear any song and play it back right away!

Kodi Lee

Makayla Phillips and Kodi Lee’s Relationship

This season Makayla returned the favor. She posted on Instagram and Twitter encouraging people to watch and vote for Kodi throughout the season.

Kodi and Makayla frequently perform duets together, both at gigs and for online videos. Makayla has videos with Kodi on her Instagram going back to 2017. One of the most impressive examples is their performance of “Shallow” from A Star Is Born.

How cool would it be if these BFFs turned out to be the winners of two separate talent shows? Imagine Makayla winning American Idol, which could definitely happen, what a storyt hat would be? onet hing is for certain, she will have the AGT champ in her camp rooting for her.g o Makayla!

MAkayla Phillips ‘AGT’ audition
Jill O'Rourke

Jill O’Rourke is a contributor at Talent Recap, writing news stories and recaps for shows like ‘AGT,’ ‘The Voice,’ and ‘American Idol.’ She graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in English and Film Studies, and has been writing about pop culture since 2012, with previous bylines at Crushable and A Plus. Jill spends her free time binge-watching sitcoms and daydreaming about life as a hobbit