Who is Mary Jo Young? The TikTok star is now on ‘American Idol’

Mary Jo Young is TikTok’s pick to win American Idol and she might be Luke Bryan’s too. 

Here’s everything you need to know about the 19-year-old singer whose viral fame has set her up for superstardom. 

Who is Mary Jo Young? 

Young was raised in Cleveland, Ohio and attends Cleveland State University. She started singing after yodeling in a fourth-grade talent show. She is dating Carmen Cavallaro and spent Valentine’s Day with him. 

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Young has 307,000 TikTok followers. 

She blew up on TikTok thanks to her sultry song covers. 

Young started posting TikTok videos of herself singing during the pandemic and it turns out people wanted more. 


Reply to @elizabeththeriot5 ahhh been a long time 😸 #fyp #DoritosFlatLife #PepsiHalftimeChallenge “Oceans” by Hillsong United

♬ original sound – mj young

“I just posted videos and I thought it’d be cool if one of them blew up,” Young told Cleveland. “Everything just started growing more and I thought, this is great. Now I can post songs on Spotify and people listen. It’s nice to see people actually enjoy listening and I don’t just enjoy doing it.

A video where Young sang “Oceans” by Hillsong United received 1.3 million views. Even videos of her just singing in bed amass over 300,000 views. 

American Idol recruited Young, but it wasn’t the only show that wanted her to compete. 

Young revealed she was asked to be on America’s Got Talent, The Voice and American Idol. 


noo i’m not in LA for idol! I’m here for other aweosme music things going on:) tune in to see if i get a ticket! #fyp #americanidol #singing

♬ original sound – mj young

“I thought I’d do American Idol because everyone on the show sings; I don’t want to go up against someone who’s juggling fire because I don’t know how the heck that would go,” Young told Cleveland. “It all happened in the blink of an eye. One day I was posting covers and all of the sudden I had people reaching out from shows.”

Her first time performing in front of an audience was on American Idol

Not only was Young’s audition her first time performing in front of an audience, but it was her first time singing in front of her mom

Young sang in front of judges Luke Bryan, Lionel Richie and Katy Perry and impressed the pants off of them. 

“I’m kind of in love with the idea of watching you grow actually on the show. You’re going to learn everything from American Idol. It’s a yes for me, [it will be] interesting to watch the journey,” Richie said.

“Never forget where you came from, no matter how far you end up going. It’s a yes for me,” Katy Perry told her. 

“Top ten, I think,” Luke Bryan said

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