Alejandro Aranda

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Alejandro Aranda
Also known as
  • Scarypoolparty[1]
Born (1994-08-11) August 11, 1994 (age 26)
Pomona, California, U.S.
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • piano
Years active2017–present

Alejandro Aranda (born August 11, 1994), known by his stage name Scarypoolparty, is an American singer, musician, and reality television personality from Pomona, California, and runner-up on the seventeenth season of American Idol. His debut album Exit Form was released on November 22, 2019.

Early life[edit source | edit]

Alejandro Aranda was born on August 11, 1994 in Pomona, California. While he has attested to having two parents as well as a sister, not much is known about his past. Recently in an interview with Launch Left, he talked about his family and the fact that he was not close to them. However, he drew a lot of inspiration from his past to determine the type of person he wanted to be.

He started playing the piano and picked up guitar around the age of 19 or 20. Busking on the streets of Pomona, CA he got comfortable with being himself in front of people, he also played at Open Mic Nights and backyard concerts, basically wherever he could. Of this time, he said it took him a year to get comfortable with singing.

He started taking music seriously when he almost injured his hand in a factory working and the sleeve of his shirt was caught. He said of this incident:

“When I turned 20, I almost lost my hand,” Aranda, now age 25, reveals to Yahoo Entertainment. “I was working at a warehouse and I got my hand stuck in the conveyor belt, and I could've really lost my hand. … It got stuck in between, and then it caught my flannel shirt; I was wearing a long sleeve and it caught. If I wasn't wearing that, it would have basically ran my whole hand through it.” While Aranda was thankfully able to extricate himself from the machinery without any serious injuries, the situation served as a wake-up call.

On Mar 15, 2016 he posted Blesser on YouTube (hair in bun). Many consider this to be his most brilliant song to date.The judges were so blown away by his performance that Lionel Ritchie called it “history in the making”.

On March 17, 2016 he posted his song 10 Years on YouTube. The song 10 Years was written for a friend going through a divorce.

In 2017, he was named Artist of the Year by California State University. This was the first time he had a break in the music industry.

In 2018, Twin Shadow asked him to go on the road with him as a musician. He played festivals and even made an appearance on the Conan O’Brien Show.

American Idol[edit source | edit]

He received a private audition through someone who attended a backyard concert that he performed. He auditioned on American Idol on April 6, 2019 in Los Angeles, CA. Alejandro performed two songs, “Out Loud” and “Cholo Love”. Immediately, the judges were drawn to him. Luke Bryant said “I feel like I’m in the presence of greatness” and Katie said “Okay Alejandro, I think you are the winner”.

His audition video was released on April 6, 2019 on YouTube and to date is the most viewed audition to date on American Idol with more than 18,000,000 views. On Facebook, his audition video has received more than 54,000,000 views.

Unlike other contestants, who typically perform covers of other artists' songs, throughout Aranda's Idol journey, he performed mostly covers and seven original songs.[2][3]

Episode Theme Song Choice Original Artist Order # Result
Audition Auditioner's Choice "Out Loud" Himself N/A Advanced
"Cholo Love" N/A
Hollywood Round, Round 1 Contestant's Choice "Sorry" Justin Bieber N/A Advanced
Hollywood Round, Round 2 Group Performance "Go Your Own Way" (with Eddie Island,
Shawn Robinson, Drew Chambers, & Aronn Mendoza)
Fleetwood Mac N/A Advanced
Hollywood Round, Round 3 Contestant's Choice "10 Years" Himself N/A Advanced
Showcase Round / Top 40 Contestant's Choice "Yellow" Coldplay 21 Advanced
Top 20 Solo & Duet Contestant's Choice "I Fall Apart" Post Malone 16 Advanced
"There Will Be a Light" (with Ben Harper) Ben Harper and The Blind Boys of Alabama 18
Top 14 Contestant's Choice "One Dance" Drake 11 Safe
Victory Song "Cholo Love" Himself 13
Top 10 Disney Night "Remember Me" from Coco 3 Safe
Top 8 Queen Night "Under Pressure" Queen 5 Safe
Movie Duets "Mrs. Robinson" (with Walker Burroughs) from The Graduate 10
Top 6 Woodstock "White Rabbit" Jefferson Airplane 5 Safe
Showstoppers "Poison" Himself 8
Top 5 Bobby Bones' Choice "No Woman, No Cry" Bob Marley and the Wailers 3 Safe
Elton John Night "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word" Elton John 8
Hero Dedication "Blesser" Himself 14
Finale Contestant's Choice "Millennial Love" Himself 3 Runner–up
"Tonight" Himself 6
"Out Loud" Himself 8

Post-American Idol[edit source | edit]

Pomona declared May 19, 2019 "Alejandro Aranda Day".[4] Aranda was scheduled to go on a seven-date US tour in July 2019.[5] After tickets went on sale on the morning of May 23, they all sold out in minutes.[6] American Idol judge Katy Perry jokingly begged Aranda to be a "roadie" on his tour.[5] Because of the overwhelming amount of support, he announced on June 11 that he would put on a free concert in Nashville on July 3, joined by Bizz & Everyday People.[3] On June 23, Aranda announced that he was working on a new album,[7] and on June 24, he announced he would go on a twenty-eight stop tour from October 10 to November 21,[8] and on June 25, he added a twenty-ninth stop in Los Angeles for November 22. He also performed at Lollapalooza in Chicago on August 3, 2019,[9] and will perform at Life Is Beautiful in September 2019[10] and Austin City Limits Music Festival in October 2019.[11] He has been announced as one of the supporting acts for Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds on their fourth annual destination tour in Mexico in February 2020.[12]

He released the single "Tonight" under the name Scarypoolparty on June 28, 2019, after signing with Hollywood Records. The song was co-written and co-produced by Twin Shadow.[13][14] On August 7, 2019, he released the ballad "Cholo Love".[15] On October 4, 2019, he released the single "Diamonds".[16]

On November 5, 2019, he announced his debut album, Exit Form, which was released on November 22, 2019.[17]

Discography[edit source | edit]

Studio albums[edit source | edit]

List of studio albums, with selected details
Title Details Peak chart positions

Exit Form 6

Singles[edit source | edit]

Title Year Album
"Fading Away" 2018 Non-album single
"Out Loud" Exit Form
"10 Years"
"Tonight" 2019
"Cholo Love"

References[edit source | edit]

  1. "Scarypoolparty". Spotify. Retrieved June 13, 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. Larsen, Peter. "Alejandro Aranda loses the 'American Idol' crown but wins in originality". Daily Bulletin. Retrieved June 13, 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Preston, Hannah. "'AMERICAN IDOL' RUNNER-UP ALEJANDRO ARANDA ANNOUNCES FREE CONCERT". Newsweek. Retrieved June 13, 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. Roe, Mike (May 14, 2019). "Pomona Throws A Giant Parade For Its Hometown 'American Idol' Finalist Alejandro Aranda". LAist. Retrieved June 18, 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)[permanent dead link]
  5. 5.0 5.1 Preston, Hannah. "'AMERICAN IDOL' RUNNER-UP ALEJANDRO ARANDA ANNOUNCES FIRST TOUR, KATY PERRY ASKS TO BE A 'ROADIE'". Newsweek. Retrieved June 13, 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. Santilli, MJ. "American Idol's Alejandro Aranda Tour Sold Out, Scalpers Asking Big Bucks". MJsBigBlog. Retrieved June 13, 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. @scarypoolparty (June 23, 2019). "Working on an album. Totally having a blast making music and producing everyday" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  8. @scarypoolparty (June 24, 2019). "Tour in the fall. Pre sale tomorrow 10 am local. (code: SCARYPOOLPARTY) Public on sale Friday 10am local. New single Friday." (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  9. "Scarypoolparty". Retrieved July 2, 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. "LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL FESTIVAL 2019". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved August 19, 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. Stith, Deborah (August 9, 2019). "ACL Fest adds new artists, more Third Eye Blind". Austin 360. Retrieved August 19, 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. "Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds Announce Support Acts For 4th-Annual Destination Event in Mexico". Retrieved September 6, 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  13. Angermiller, Michelle (June 26, 2019). "Greyson Chance, 'Idol' Alums Gabby Barrett and Alejandro Aranda Sign Major Label Deals". Variety. Retrieved June 28, 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  14. Wass, Mike (June 28, 2019). "Scarypoolparty (AKA Alejandro Aranda) Drops Alt-Pop Anthem "Tonight"". Idolator. Retrieved June 28, 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  15. Polo, Maxamillion (August 9, 2019). "Scarypoolparty Pens a Deceptively Haunting Ballad in 'Cholo Love'". Ones to Watch. Retrieved August 19, 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  16. Campbell, Rachel (October 9, 2019). "SCARYPOOLPARTY ROCKS A SKATE SHOP IN GRITTY "DIAMONDS" VIDEO". Alternative Press. Retrieved October 18, 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  17. Wass, Mike (November 5, 2019). "Scarypoolparty (AKA Alejandro Aranda) Announces Debut LP, 'Exit Form'". Idolator. Retrieved November 7, 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  18. "Scarypoolparty Chart History (Heatseekers Albums)". Billboard.

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