One more "American Idol" contestant was sent home Monday, but it was not Alabama’s Triston Harper. Triston advanced to the Top 7 and will perform again on Sunday at 7 p.m. on ABC.

In the Monday elimination, Harper sang one song solo and another as a duet with Georgia’s Will Moseley. The two chose Luke Bryan’s “What Makes You Country.”

Triston’s solo performance was Morgan Wallen’s “Sand in My Boots.”

Watch Triston’s performance:

Viewers continue to marvel that Triston’s voice is the voice of a 15-year-old. Such a deep and mature-sounding voice.

In the upcoming Sunday episode, it is vital that Alabama folks not only watch their “Native American Son” but also cast their votes for Triston Harper. Instructions on how and when to vote are given on the broadcast.

Sunday’s performance will test Triston’s ability to sing outside his natural country genre. It is “Adele Night,” and contestants will all sing selections by Adele.  Two contestants will be eliminated, creating the Top 5 for the Monday, May 6, episode.

Will Triston country-fry an Adele song, or will he try to cover the Adele style and presentation?  

Triston, raised in the small town of McIntosh, is a Choctaw Indian. There is an extended village of Choctaws in and around McIntosh, the MOWA Tribe.

McIntosh is in southwest Alabama about 80 miles north of Mobile. He is a student at LeRoy High School.  He is the youngest Idol contestant this season.

Early in this year's competition, Triston revealed that his stepdad had been abusive towards his mom. When he was 11, they felt they had to leave McIntosh.

“The lowest part of my life was when me and my mom had got homeless, and we were sleeping on the side of the road. I had just turned 12," he said.

From homeless to Hollywood. We have the makings of a movie.

Jim ‘Zig’ Zeigler writes about Alabama’s people, places, events, groups and prominent deaths.  He is a former Alabama Public Service Commissioner and State Auditor. You can reach him for comments at

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