WATCH: ‘American Idol’ Contestant Brandon Diaz Dedicates His Audition To His Cuban, Immigrant Father

“I’m auditioning today because…it’s really for my dad.”

“American Idol” has returned with it’s first week of auditions and among the first round of contestants was 21-year-old Brandon Diaz. The aspiring singer hails from Ashburn, Virginia and is currently a student at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. When asked about his reason for auditioning, Diaz gave all of the credit to his father, who immigrated from Cuba to the United States at three years old.

“He’s an incredible vocalist. He’s taught me everything I know. He’s always searched for the American dream and he’s always pushed me [to do the same],” Diaz expressed after stepping into the audition room.

Diaz’s song of choice for the audition was “Unaware” by Allen Stone, which he nailed and blew the judges away. In particular, judge Lionel Richie was veryy impressed by Diaz’s falsetto. Katy Perry even commented that she thinks “he’s the best male singer we’ve seen so far and I think he’s top ten.”

The only judge who had a critique was Luke Bryan, who thought Diaz had gone too high on one of the notes during his audition. Honestly, if that’s the worst critique from the audition, you must be doing something right.

However, viewers across the internet disagreed with Luke Bryan’s comment.

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Altogether, the “American Idol” judges decided to send Diaz home with a golden ticket, which wins him a trip to Hollywood and a chance to further compete in the show.

Only one Latino has won “American Idol” so far and that was Scotty McCreery in 2011. Could Diaz be next?

For the full version of Diaz singing “Unaware” by Allen Stone, check out the video clip below:

To stay updated on Diaz’s journey, check out the next episode of “American Idol” which airs every Sunday and Monday at 8pm.


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