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
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
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
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?
We’re giving it up for Netflix, friends. Netflix Original productions feature so many Latinx stars, directors and screenwriters, ranging from Spanish-Language to English-scripted thrillers, crime dramas, documentaries, telenovelas, teen series, and reboots.
Carve out the next few weekends and ready yourself for mitú’s Top 23 Netflix Original Productions featuring Latinos.
1. “On My Block”
Follow this quartet of smarty*pants friends who navigate life as Los Angeles high school students and try not to relate.
*streets and book
2. “One Day at a Time”
This isn’t your mother’s “One Day at a Time.” This is full of pro-immigration, pro-love, pro-feminist power and with a 100 percent Latino cast to boot.
3. “The Day I Met El Chapo”
We love Kate del Castillo. We Love crime stories. We love that this was made into a three part docu-series of her scandalous encounter with wanted drug lord El Chapo.
4. “Stranger Things”
There’s nothing more strangely satisfying than binge-watching this Netflix Original thriller placed in a small Indiana town in 1983. Starring Spain-born Millie Bobby Brown, you’ll be thanking the stars there’s three seasons available to binge.
5. “You Get Me”
Starring our favorite red-headed Latina, Bella Thorne, get yourself some elote to pair with this teen thriller. Spoiler: she cute but she cray.
6. “To the Bone”
When Ellen, a 20-year old with anorexia nervosa, goes on a harrowing journey of self-discovery that leads her to a group home, she meets Rosa, played by Joanna Sanchez. This film raises much needed awareness about the deadliest mental illness in existence.
7. “Altered Carbon”
Martha Higareda is a Mexican born actress, screenwriter, producer and a star in this Netflix Original action thriller where the rich are immortal and the poor are pawns in their game. Not too far off?
8. “Girls Incarcerated”
At Madison Juvenile Correctional Facility in Indiana, you’ll meet the young (mostly Latino and Black) girls who struggle with the circumstances that brought them there. Watch them turn their lives around.
Director Fernando Lebrija gives us all a shero we can root for. High school senior Dani Barnes is just about to reach her dream of getting into UC Davis, the world’s top veterinary school, until she’s drawn in by a new friend’s SoCal glamor.
Creator Pedro Aguilera made a show that is the definition of cutthroat. There are two sides: progress and devastation. You get a chance to make it to the “better side” but only 3 percent succeed. I’m stressed.
11. “Cable Girls”
? Watch ? this ? show! Based in 1920s Madrid, four women at the National Telephone Company casually manage romance, friendship and daily lives while they ring in the revolution.
12. “Club of Crows”
Imagine you’re a brother-sister duo and you just inherited a soccer team. Ok, I get it. You can’t. Just watch this Spanish-language Netflix series instead. It’s got all the jajas.
While Daredevil is blind, praise Rhianna we get to watch Rosario Dawson’s immaculate face shine on in the hit Netflix Daredevil series. She’s my superhero.
This show offers 8 separate plots so that each episode tells a full story. S2:E1 features Puerto Rican Aubrey Plaza watch in disbelief as her neighbors become obsessed with an Amazon package thief. #GetALife
Staring Juana Viale, check out a real life Netflix Original telenovela filled with revenge, passion and secretos. Best part: the protagonist is a single mom slaying as a fashion designer.
It’s The Ministry of Magic meets Spain. Three officers from different eras in history work for a secret agency that guards Spain’s past from time-traveling intruders trying to manipulate history. I’m already hooked.
17. “Four Seasons in Havana”
Watch detective Mario Conde, played by Jorge Perugorría, investigate Havana’s darkest, deadliest crimes. There will be lots of liquor in this one, guys.
18. “Juana Inés”
Damn, Netflix made a Spanish-Language show about a powerful feminist nun, Juana Inés de la Cruz, who gets involved in a lesbian love affair in 17th-century Mexico. This is Handmaid’s Tale with less sobbing. Show your abuela.
19. “La Familia P. Luche”
This might be more up your mom’s alley, but c. 2012 Spanish-Language sitcom “La Familia P. Luche” will make you laugh.
20. “Money Heist”
This suspense thriller features eight thieves who take hostages and lock themselves in the Royal Mint of Spain. Best part? The criminal masterminds are manipulating the police every step of the way.
21. “Morocco: Love in Times of War”
Netflix at it again killing at Spanish-Language telenovelas. This one is based in 1921 and features nurse trainees from Madrid’s upper class at a hospital in Melilla, for Rif War soldiers. Watch these women fall in love and save lives while they’re at it.
22. “Cristela Alonzo: Lower Classy”
Mexican comedian Cristela Alonzo skewers Latino stereotypes in this standup and we’re here for every second of it. Especially the stories about her tough loving madre. #same
23. “Surviving Escobar”
This is the story about Pablo Escobar’s No. 1 hitman and his quest to stay alive and gain respect in the prison hierarchy while the Medellín Cartel crumbles.
24. “The Fundamentals of Caring”
Selena Gomez is in this film. ‘Nuff said. After Paul Rudd’s character decides to become a teen’s caregiver, they offer stranded teen (Selena Gomez) a ride and everything changes. You’ve got time for this.
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