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Scarlett Lee Brings Judges And Fans to Tears With Breathtaking “American Idol” Audition, “Wow, What Just Happened?”

Scarlett Lee American Idol

Scarlett Lee had her moment of fame on tonight’s episode of American Idol, and her beautiful voice and emotional performance moved the judges and fans to tears.

Scarlett walked in front of Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, and Luke Bryan and sang a soulful rendition of Clown by Emeli Sandé. With her very first note, she had all three judges in shock. And as she continued, they became more and more impressed.

“Wow, what just happened?” Lionel gasped after she perfectly belted a long and powerful note.

The moment Scarlett ended her audition, Katy, Lionel, and Luke stood up and gave her a round of applause. After they sat down, Katy noted that she thought it was crazy when Scarlett first said she was going to sing Clown, but she didn’t think it was crazy for long.

“That is one of my favorite songs because, like, it’s so vulnerable,” Katy began. “…Your personality is so big, and sometimes people don’t take you seriously. But when you sing a song, and you sing a song like that, then you cut through all of the layers. It doesn’t matter the makeup. It doesn’t matter the outfit. You become Scarlett Lee, the singer, the artist, the possible next American Idol.”

“I’m taking you seriously,” Katy added. “Your soul is shining through.”

Scarlett Lee Heads to Hollywood

With a unanimous vote, Scarlett Lee earned a ticket straight to Hollywood. And once the audience digested the stunning audition, they took to social media to cheer her on.

“Nobody has ever had a single performance where the singing was better than what Scarlett Lee just did,” someone wrote on X. “That was a historic performance.”

“Scarlett Lee lost that British accent as soon as she started singing, picked up some heft and a lil cry in her vocal,” another wrote. “She was totally invested and those light head voice notes were beautiful. This was a moving audition. #AmericanIdol #IdolAuditions OMG! Had Katy tearing up.”

We agree with the general consensus—Scarlett Lee could very likely be the next American Idol, and we’re looking forward to watching her shine every Sunday on ABC at 8 PM ET!

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