Daniel James Seavey
Daniel Seavey
Birth Name
Daniel James Seavey
April 2, 1999
Audition City
San Francisco

Daniel James Seavey (born April 2, 1999) is an American singer from Portland, Oregon who finished in 9th place on season 14 of American Idol. He is now a member of the all-male group Why Don't We with members, Jack Avery, Zach Herron, Corbyn Besson and Jonah Marais. Why Don’t We recently released a song called Hooked. They also recently finished their European/US Invitation tour.


The son of a pastor, Daniel has been singing since childhood. He was a high school student when he tried out for the show. His mother has been supportive for him always.

American Idol Edit

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 singers 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. He was eliminated the day before his birthday, which is on April 2.


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 Acapella "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
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

Post IdolEdit

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. He collaborated with Lovey James on two singles, "Secret Love Song" and "See You Again". He later joined an all-male singing group called Why Don't We. Their first EP, Only the Beginning​, was released on November 25, 2016. Their second EP, Something Different​, was released on April 21, 2017. Their third EP, Why Don't We Just, was released on June 2, 2017. Their fourth EP, ​Invitation, ​will be released on September 27, 2017. The group finished up their "Something Different" tour. They hit the road for their "Invitation" tour, and in December they performed on Jingle Ball 2017 and perform in front of at least 20,000 people, performing on their first arena tour.


​Why Don't We:

  •  Only the Beginning ​(EP) (2016)
  • Something Different (EP) (2017)
  •  Why Don't We Just (EP) (2017)
  • ​Invitation (EP) (2017)
  • A Why Don't We Christmas (EP) (2017)
  • These Girls (SINGLE) (2017)
  • Trust Fund Baby (SINGLE) (2018)
  • Hooked (SINGLE) (2018)
Season 14
Nick Fradiani ·Clark Beckham ·Jax ·Rayvon Owen ·Tyanna Jones ·Quentin Alexander ·Joey Cook ·Qaasim Middleton ·Daniel Seavey ·Adanna Duru ·Maddie Walker ·Sarina-Joi Crowe