‘American Idol’ Alum Kelsie Dolin Welcomes Baby Boy: ‘He Is So Precious’

Season 20 American Idol alum Kelsie Dolin just welcomed her first child.  The West Virginia native took to social media…


Lauren Jo Black

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August 10, 2022


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Kelsie Dolin; Photos Courtesy ABC, Instagram

Season 20 American Idol alum Kelsie Dolin just welcomed her first child. 

The West Virginia native took to social media late Wednesday to introduce her baby boy, Carter Lee James Dolin. 

“He is so beautiful😭❤️🙏 so thankful for a healthy baby and a smooth delivery! Will be posting more soon!!! Love you guys,” she wrote. 

Dolin’s post included a snapshot of her holding her newborn son. 

According to her post, Carter Lee James Dolin was born on August 10, 2022 at 5:03 pm. 

Her followers flooded the comments section of her Instagram post with congratulatory messages. 

Kelsie Dolin, American Idol
Kelsie Dolin, American Idol

Dolin announced her pregnancy via social media this past spring. 

 “Y’all!! I’ve been keeping a little secret…” Dolin teased on Instagram alongside a photo of a sonogram. She also added a photo of her growing baby bump with a caption that reads, “little ones growing!!!!!!” 

“I’m having a baby and, It’s a…. BOY!!! Can’t wait to meet baby carter!!! August 8th!!” Dolin continued. 

After the exciting news was shared by Dolin, several of her Idol cohorts, including HunterGirl, Sam Moss, Livvy Love, Kaylin Roberson, Sarah Beth Taite and more congratulated her.

Kelsie Dolin; Photo Courtesy ABC, American Idol
Kelsie Dolin; Photo Courtesy ABC, American Idol

“Congratulations,” Huntergirl commented.

“KELSIE Been wondering about you. Awe your boy gets the sweetest mama! Welcome to the cool mom club,” Moss wrote. Roberson then added, “Ohhhh so exciting Kelsie!”

Dolin was a standout contestant throughout her time on Idol, with performances of Adele’s “When We Were Young,” Kelly Clarkson’s “Piece By Piece” and Lainey Wilson’s chart-topping hit, “Things A Man Oughta Know.”

After her time on American Idol, Dolin thanked those who supported her along the way.

“I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who has supported me throughout my journey, and even though I didn’t make it to the Top 24 I’ve grown in ways I never thought possible! You literally haven’t heard 👂 the last of me yet! 🎶,” she wrote.

Earlier this summer she returned to the stage to perform during a pre-party for Luke Bryan’s Raised Up Right Tour in her hometown. 

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.