“I think we do know talent when we see it.”
American Idol contestant Ada Vox had the audience chanting her name over the roof top after slaying her performance of Jennifer Holliday’s “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going.” The loud applauses and the judge’s standing ovation left Vox emotionally overwhelmed. Although Vox wasn’t one of the top contestants to be chosen through America’s votes, the judges overruled the voting outcome to put Vox in the top ten.
Katy Perry took off her earrings and said, “I think we do know talent when we see it.”
It was then the judges collectively made the executive decision to send Vox to the top ten, making her the first ever drag queen to make it to “American Idol’s” top ten. In response, several “American Idol” fans had mixed emotions about this decision.
Some were particularly bothered about Vox’s stage identity as a drag queen.
Ada Vox is the first ever drag queen to make it to the top 10 in American Idol. I can’t believe that, in 2018, this is what people have to say about her. pic.twitter.com/IthEw1fz4E
— sarah (@sarahxspurlock) April 24, 2018
However, those types of hateful comments were shut down quickly.
Ada Vox doesn’t need to fit the AI mold to deserve her spot in the top 10. The powerhouse trailblazer that she is needs no specific genre or category to show the world her talent & creativity. @AmericanIdol #AmericanIdol
— Havan A.D. (@HavanavaH) April 24, 2018
Yes, yes, and yes. ? There’s no one version or definition of who an American idol is or should be.
Also brought to the top ten by the judges was contestant Michelle Sussett.
Rather than performing a cover of a song, Sussett performed an original song of hers called “I’m a Dreamer.” In both Spanish and English, Sussett sang her heart out, delivering lyrics that resonated very much with DREAMers across America. One of these impactful lyrics being, “I’m just like you, I just want something better. It doesn’t matter where you come from.”
Similar to Vox’s case, it wasn’t America’s votes that took Sussett to the top ten, rather the judge’s collective decision. This makes Sussett the first ever Venezuelan to make it to “American Idol’s” top ten.
Some “American Idol” fans disagreed with the judge’s decision.
Michelle Sussett did not deserve top 10 what in the worldddddd
— riz♡ (@ahasarah) April 24, 2018
Others, on the other hand, recognized Sussett’s hard work.
For everyone who says she's a terrible singer, remember that 3 world-class singing artists (the judges) disagree with you. @MichelleSussett is both exceptional and talented. Plus, she's singing in her non-native language! Can YOU do that?
— Michael Ramos (@MRamosDC) April 26, 2018
Stay tuned for the next episode of “American Idol” on Sunday, April 29th to follow Vox and Sussett’s journey and make sure to vote for your favorite contestants here.