“American Idol” has become more than a search for the next big pop star.
Contestants like Alejandro Aranda and Catie Turner have turned the franchise into a great platform for singer/songwriters and have inspired countless musicians — like Julia Gargano.
The Staten Island, New York, native said she considers herself to be a songwriter first and foremost. After watching Alejandro and Catie succeed, she was encouraged to try her hand at auditioning. Only instead of selecting someone else’s song, Julia came prepared with an original.
In a video, we see her step out in front of the judges, ready to leave her mark on the show.
“I feel like when you go on ‘American Idol,’ you really have to put yourself out there as an artist,” she says. “I really feel like that’s what best represents me.” She’s referring to her song “Growing Pains,” and she’s absolutely right!
Judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie appear speechless as Julia sings her heart out with the perfect amount of emotion and nuance. The moment she finishes her moving performance, Perry jumps out of her seat and rushes toward her.
At first, Julia seems startled, but she quickly realizes that Perry just needs a hug after witnessing a star being born!
“Best hug of my life!” Julia gushes as Perry releases her. And that’s before the compliments come pouring in!
“I tell you what, that was big time,” Bryan says. “Big time music, big time presentation. Done by a 21 year old, and it sounded really really classic.”
Richie agrees, adding, “A lot of folks don’t just come in the door and showcase, ‘OK, here’s my new song.’ And you gave us the whole authentic self, and that’s why this lady ran around and gave you that hug.”
Then Perry gives her the best news: “Next season on ‘American Idol,’ people are going to say, ‘I actually came here to audition because I was inspired by Julia Gargano.'” Then she says she believes Julia will be one of this season’s top five performers!
Watching these talented contestants show off their true selves is inspiring. Congratulations, Julia!
Check out Perry’s sweet reaction in the video below, and don’t forget to share this story with your friends.
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