DeAndre Scot Brackensick (born October 21, 1994) is an American singer from San Jose, California. He finished in eighth place for the eleventh season of American Idol. Brackensick is signed to Truth Records and released his debut single “Her Crazy” on June 4, 2013.
Brackensick was born in San Jose, California to a European American father and African American mother. A Hawaiian-born woman adopted Brackensick and his young parents for the first few years of his life. In 2012, Brackensick graduated from Oak Grove High School in San Jose and was elected homecoming king.
He was an active participant in Oak Grove High School’s Theater Arts program and the president of the school’s Polynesian Club.
Brackensick initially auditioned for the tenth season of American Idol, but he was cut in the green mile round because the judges felt like he wasn’t ready and advised him to come back the following season to audition again. He did return and auditioned for the eleventh season of American Idol in San Diego, California, ultimately making it into the top twelve male contestants.
In the semi-finals, he performed “Reasons” by Earth, Wind & Fire. He was not one of the top five males chosen by America’s votes, but was selected as one of six contestants to perform in the wild card round. In this round, he performed “Georgia on My Mind” by Hoagy Carmichael and His Orchestra and was selected as one of the three wild cards to advance to the top 13 by American Idol judge, Steven Tyler. He was consistently praised by the judges for his performances and one of the live audience’s favorites. After his performance of Stevie Wonder’s, “Master Blaster” American Idol judge, Randy Jackson told Brackensick out of all the contestants for this season he was the most commercial ready, now.