Despite not getting enough viewers' votes to make it to the Top 10, Ada Vox wasn't in the danger zone for long. Or should we say, not at all. The drag queen who came to slay Season 16 of American Idol impressed judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, and Luke Bryan with a rendition of "And I Am Telling You" from The Dreamgirls soundtrack — earning a standing ovation from the crowd.
"We would like to make an executive decision," Katy said before informing Ada they would be moving forward in the competition without deliberation. Slay, girl. Slay!
Back in 2013, aspiring singer Adam Sanders auditioned for a spot on Season 12 of American Idol with an impressive rendition of Etta James' iconic song "I’d Rather Go Blind," and got a unanimous "yes" from all four judges. But even though they got the golden ticket to Hollywood, Adam ultimately did not make it very far in the competition. "I auditioned for American Idol back in Season 12 but I wasn't ready," the San Antonio native said in their confessional. "I started getting messages on social media telling me that I shouldn't be who I am. But through all of the negativity, I have built myself up in ways I could not have imagined."
Adam's comeback was a major surprise to viewers and the judges because in the nearly five years that Adam first auditioned, they decided to start living their life authentically as a drag queen. In an interview with local news station KSAT 12, they opened up about their transition. "Since then I've gone through an evolution," Ada revealed. "I'm now a part-time woman. And I've grown so much as an entertainer, as a performer, as a singer because of the show and the experiences it's allowed me."
Ada went on to explain how they first fell in love with singing. When they were eight years old, they were in the hospital recovering from brain surgery and their mother would sing to them while they were in recovery. That paired with watching American Idol on TV is what inspired Ada to pursue their dream of becoming a singer.
And Ada's one step closer after joining the Top 10 of the reality singing competition! Next week, don't forget to vote America! Be sure to tune into American Idol, airing Sundays and Mondays at 8 p.m. on ABC.