'American Idol': Christian Guardino leaves Katy Perry and fans in tears with moving performance
There wasn't a single dry eye in the room after 'American Idol' Season 20 star Christian Guardino took to the stage and gave a soul-stirring performance to 'Imagine'. Though the Long Island native has been pretty consistent with impressing the judges and fans alike with his flawless vocals, his latest performance during the top 20 round cemented him as one of the strongest contenders on the show.
Ahead of his performance, Christian explained what drew him to pick the iconic John Lennon song. He recounted growing up with a steadily degenerating vision until the age of 12. But things changed when he received gene therapy that helped him gain much of his vision back. Christian shared the intense happiness and joy he felt watching his first snow, people smiling, and basically everything around him with a clear vision for the first time. This motivated him to sing 'Imagine'. Christian's flawless vocals paired with his emotional backstory ensured that everybody was bawling their eyes out by the end of his performance.
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You can watch Christian Guardino's moving performance here:
Just like judge Katy Perry, fans too were in tears after Christian's performance. A fan commented on the show's YouTube clip of his performance with, "I’m not crying…you’re crying, Katie’s crying Christian just made Imagine his own; and who knows where he will go—straight through to The Finale, I hope." "I am still crying wow just wow you killed it Christian. Katy Perry was right on the money with what she said and so was Lionel too! The Human Spirit is YOU!" wrote a fan. Another fan added, "He got me all emotional. Boy, knows how to get the most out of a lyric. So natural with honesty and Joy. He got Katy crying too." "I’ve replayed this performance over and over tonight! This has touched me so deep in my heart and soul, I feel speechless! What an amazing voice, an amazing young man!" echoed a fan.
"Got emotional !! His song choice fits his story!! The man feeling the song," shared a fan. "Dang! I rarely cry for not a live performance but this one really hit me. He's such a blessing! It was such an emotional rendition of that song. Top 5 for sure," expressed a fan. "I can't stop crying..Like Katy. This was so beautiful...His voice is insane...," pointed out a fan. "I felt every moment of this performance. Tears are flowing," declared a fan.
'American Idol' Season 20 airs every Sunday and Monday at 8/7c on ABC.
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