The son of a pastor, Daniel has been singing since childhood. He is currently in a boy band called Why Don't We.
Daniel auditioned in San Francisco with Paula Abdul's "Straight Up" and earned his first ever ticket to Hollywood. He sang "Thinking Out Loud" and "I See Fire" by Ed Sheeran during the Hollywood Rounds and advanced to Showcase Week. He sang "Straight Up" by Paula Abdul once more and earned a spot in the Top 24 where he sang "I'm Yours" by Jason Mraz. He advanced onto the Top 16 and sang "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)" by Marvin Gaye and was voted into the Finals, being one of the youngest competitors to do so. During the Top 12, he performed "Straight Up" by Paula Abdul for a third time and was voted into the Top 11. During the Top 11, he performed "Happy" by Pharrell Williams and "Lost Stars" by Adam Levine and advanced into the Top 9. He performed "You Make My Dreams" by Hall & Oates during the Top 9 and was eliminated afterwords on April 1, 2015.
During his time on the show, many fans and critics felt that due to his age and lack of experience, many believed that Daniel wasn't ready for what would come on Idol and should've waited a few years before trying out. Many also expressed anger towards him when older contestants like Adanna Duru and Maddie Walker were eliminated. Many critics also believed that the judges, due to what was seen as unwillingness to critique him on his performances, were also to blame for Daniel being on the show as long as he was.
|Episode||Theme||Song choice||Original artist||Order #||Result|
|Audition||Auditioner's Choice||"Straight Up"||Paula Abdul||N/A||Advanced|
|Hollywood Round, Part 1||A Capella||"Thinking Out Loud"||Ed Sheeran||N/A||Advanced|
|Hollywood Round, Part 2||Group Performance||"Story of My Life"||One Direction||N/A||Advanced|
|Hollywood Round, Part 3||Solo||"I See Fire"||Ed Sheeran||N/A||Advanced|
|Showcase Week||Personal Choice||"Straight Up"||Paula Abdul||N/A||Advanced|
|Top 24||Contestant's Choice||"I'm Yours"||Jason Mraz||15||Advanced|
|Top 16||Motown||"How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)"||Marvin Gaye||1||Advanced|
|Top 12||Back to the Start||"Straight Up"||Paula Abdul||3||Safe|
|Top 11 (first week)||Get the Party Started||"Happy"||Pharrell Williams||9||Safe|
|Top 11 (second week)||Songs from the Movies||"Lost Stars"||Adam Levine||2||Safe|
|Top 9||80s Night||"You Make My Dreams"||Hall & Oates||1||Eliminated|
Since his time on the show, Daniel has since started his own YouTube channel where he has posted videos of himself singing the songs "Sunday Morning" by Maroon 5 and "How Sweet It Is" by Marvin Gaye. He also made a cameo in Jax's music video for her song "La La Land". He announced on Twitter on April 23, 2016 that he has been signed by an independent label.
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