“That is what you call chemistry.”
Venezuelan refugee Michelle Sussett received a standing ovation from all of the “American Idol” judges last night. The singer nailed her duet performance with “Despacito” star, Luis Fonsi. The two were right at home singing a bittersweet love and loss song to each other. The two Latin singers covered “I Can’t Make You Love Me” by Bonnie Raitt.
“That is what you call chemistry. Your voices blended together perfectly,” said judge Lionel Richie.
Sussett began her American Idol journey with her audition performance of queen Selena Quintanilla’s song, “Techno Cumbia.” She worked her way up to American Idol’s top 24 with performances of “I’m Coming Out” by Diana Ross, “24k Magic” by Bruno Mars and “If I Were A Boy” by Beyonce. And now with her duet performance, Sussett has won herself a spot in the top 14 of “American Idol.”
Sussett was left completely speechless and in tears after receiving the news about her advancement in the competition.
As a Venezuelan refugee who left her hometown in the midst of a humanitarian crisis, making it this far in the competition is beyond huge for Sussett. She came to the United States at 18 years old and hasn’t been able to see her mother since then, who still remains in Venezuela.
“Venezuela is going through so many bad things right now. I hope that me being here can somehow bring them joy,” Sussett said during one of her rehearsals with Fonsi.
Sussett took to Twitter to express her gratitude for all of her supporters and we can’t wait to see how far she makes it in “American Idol.” 🙌🏾
Venezuela and i are INFINITELY GRATEFUL @AmericanIdol ❤️❤️❤️
— Michelle Sussett🌹 (@MichelleSussett) April 10, 2018