Grace Kinstler made it all the way to the American Idol season 19 finale alongside Willie Spence and Chayce Beckham.
But in the end, Kinstler had to settle for third place as Beckham, a machinery operator from Apple Valley, California, was crowned the new American Idol in 2021.
While the Illinois native delivered riveting renditions of her remaining songs of the competition, she also scored major points by donning several eye-catching gowns for the grand finale.
Style points: Grace Kinstler, 20, put on a fashion show of sorts by strutting out in several different gowns during the finale for season 19 of American Idol on Sunday
The Top 3 were tasked with performing songs chosen by the judges, a hometown dedication, a song from the live rounds, and a celebrity duet.
Kinstler performed three tunes within the first hour of the show, as voters all across America voted live for their favorite singer.
She belted out cover versions of Celine Dion’s All By Myself, as her judges’ choice; Whitney Houston’s I Have Nothing for her hometown song; (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman by Aretha Franklin as her reprisal song; and a duet of Scars To You Beautiful with Alessia Cara.
Kinstler’s lavender one-shoulder sequin gown hugged her curves while she belted out a rousing rendition of Celine Dion’s classic song, All By Myself
The number hugged her curves like an aero glass and flared out from about the knees down.
Third place finish: Kinstler was the first to be eliminated from the finale, leaving Chayce Beckham (center) and Willie Spence (right) as the last two singers standing
And like any other starlet on stage under the bright spotlight, the 20-year-old college student from Illinois showed a flare for fashion by changing up her wardrobe for each song.
She donned a lavender one-shoulder sequin gown for her mesmerizing rendition of All By Myself. The number hugged her curves and flared out from about the knees down.
For I Have Nothing, Kinstler wore a similar styled gown, only this one had spaghetti straps, and was dark grey or charcoal-colored.
The 20-year-old college student also wore a spaghetti strap sequin number that also hugged her womanly curves and flared out around the knees
Stylish: During the finale, she wore her blonde tresses long and straight for some of her performances during the three-hour finale
She went with a white form-fitting, patterned gown when she shared the stage with Cara for a duet of her 2016 tune Scars To Your Beautiful.
During the broadcast, she also changed into a black sequin jumpsuit and a black ensemble that included a turtleneck design for the top.
In the first big reveal of the evening, host Ryan Seacrest revealed that Kinstler would be the first to be eliminated from the trio about midway through the three-hour event.
Sharing the spotlight: Kinstler sang a duet of Alessia Cara’s song, Scars To You Beautiful, in a white-patterned gown and had her long locks pulled back over her ears
Her appearance on the show comes after the Berklee College of Music student spoke candidly about body confidence and the impact she has had on fans with her attitude: ‘You have to love yourself because you love you’.
Far from just making an impact with her voice, Grace has won the hearts of viewers thanks to her empowering message around her body.
Grace recently spoke to Mass Live about body confidence, saying: ‘They want people to stick to like the old norms of if you’re plus size you can’t do this because you don’t fit the mould or you shouldn’t wear this. I don’t agree with that.’
Studious: Kinstler is currently a student at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts
‘I like to wear things that I feel good in. I think I look nice, so I like to share that. There are a lot of people who appreciate the message that I’m sending for their kids and their daughters…
‘Even older women have reached out to me saying, “I am 40 years old but I still look up to you because I wish I had that confidence. You’re making me regain my confidence.” And that means the world to me.’
‘You can’t love yourself just because someone else loves you. You have to love yourself because you love you. Because at the end of the day, you’re all that you really have.’
The singer also strutted her stuff in a black sequin jumpsuit
ISparkling: n keeping with her eye for sequin, she also donned a black ensemble, which included a turtle neck design, that glistened under the harsh lights like her other outfits
Working at her artistic craft: Kinstler is currently a student at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts
The winner! In the end, Chayce Beckham was crowed the winner of American Idol season 19