'American Idol' Season 17: Emotional moments from the auditions that left the judges in tears
Looking back at the auditions, we witnessed contestants with amazing voices, some moving backstories and a lot of fun surprises and highlights
The weekend is here which means it's almost time for 'American Idol' season 17. On Monday the series aired their fifth episode which was the last of the auditions. After 10 hours of auditions and watching talented contestants get golden tickets to Hollywood, it is finally time for Hollywood week. When the series airs its sixth episode Sunday, it will be the start of the Hollywood week and we cannot wait to see what the contestants bring this time.
Looking back at the auditions, we witnessed contestants with amazing voices, some moving backstories and a lot of fun surprises and highlights. After looking at the auditions, fans have more or less already decided who they want to root for through the competition and see if they make it to the end. While we wait for Sunday's episode to air, here are some of the most emotional moments during the auditions. From gaining love to moving on from loss, some of these moments even brought the judges to tears.
On day one of the auditions, one contestant that left the judges emotional was Nick Townsend. The contestant who hails from Nebraska revealed the heartwrenching story of how he lost his elder brother and younger brother to suicide. This story hit Luke Bryan, who got the most emotional. On day two of auditions, Shayy Winn a blind 17-year-old contestant brought Lionel Richie to tears after she shared her story of a brain tumor causing her to lose her sight and being bullied in school.
Winn's story even left fans and viewers feeling emotional. Another emotional audition from day two was from Alejandro Aranda who shared his story of how he used to play on the streets and taught himself to play the guitar and piano. After his performance, Katy Perry asked him if he thinks he will be the next 'American Idol,' to which Arana replied humbly that there are other contestants who are better out there, so he does not know.
The next contestant that left judges in tears was Wade Cota. During his audition, Cota revealed how he was abused by his biological father who called him the devil. Sharing that those days left him with emotional and physical scars, Cota revealed how he turned to music to help him. Bryan was left red-eyed by the end of his performance.
Through all these emotional moments, one contestant shared her story about how she lost her husband in a car accident in 2018. Performing an original "Compass," which was written for her late husband, Lauren Engle's performance left Richie in tears.
One contestant's story and performance that brought Perry to tears was Elizabeth. She revealed her story of how she met her egg donor and went on to perform a duet with her egg donor mom on the piano. She performed "All I Ask" by Adele and duet was "Bright Lights and Cityscapes" by Sara Bareilles. Perry cried after this performance revealing she needed to call her mom and Richie hugged the duo.
The final contestant that left everyone feeling emotional was Emma Kleinberg who performed in honor of her brother Alex, who struggles with bipolar disorder. This resulted in him attempting suicide last year which left him with permanent damage to his brain. Kleinberg and her brother had previously auditioned for 'American Idol' together but did not make it through. Now determined to make it through for her and her brother, Kleinberg performed Allen Stone's "American Privilege" and paid a tribute to her brother. Her voice and courage left the judges stunned and spellbound.
You can read about the surprises from the auditions here.
'American Idol' season 17 airs every Sunday and Monday on ABC. Check your local listings for more information.