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‘American Idol:’ Drag Star Ada Vox Praised by RuPaul After Stunning Rendition of Queen’s ‘The Show Must Go On’

It’s easy to recognize why drag queen and vocal powerhouse Ada Vox is emerging as one of the breakout stars of American Idol season 16. Not only does the queen have a fascinating backstory as a former contestant returning to snatch the prize, but each and every one of her performances brings costumes, drama and most of all, stunning vocals.

Last night was no exception — Vox took to the stage with a raucous performance of Queen’s “The Show Must Go On.” Dressed in a diamond-studded, feathered gown, the queen made Queen proud, hitting every note and giving the judges everything they wanted to see in a Top 14 performance. “Not only did you stop the show, you finally started the show, queen,” Katy Perry remarked. “I was waiting for someone to show up!”

But it wasn’t just the judges who noticed Vox’s talent — drag superstar RuPaul took to Twitter to sing the praises of the contestant. “SHANTAY, you slay,” Ru wrote, adding a simple “XORU” at the end of his tweet.

SHANTAY, you slay! @AdaVox XORU pic.twitter.com/CSZFmxbkLT

— RuPaul (@RuPaul) April 23, 2018

This is not the first time Vox caught the attention of drag royalty. Michelle Visage, one of the judges on RuPaul’s Drag Race offered the queen a makeover for the American Idol finale last week, after Vox’s duet of “Defying Gravity” with Lea Michele. “My glam team and I want to give you the makeover of life for American Idol finals,” Visage wrote. “YOU INSPIRE US ALL.”

Watch Vox’s full performance of “The Show Must Go On” below:

Disney may have been the theme last night on American Idol, but not everyone was able to get their happily ever after. After impressing fans and judges alike for weeks drag queen contestant Ada Vox was sent home last night when she fell short in the popular vote.

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Though the singer’s rendition of “Circle of Life” wasn’t flawless, Vox had one of the best voices in the competition and even managed to hold her own with the likes of Lea Michele during duets week. Though this isn’t the first time Vox had failed to garner enough love from the audience at home, the judges were able to advance her through to the next round last time.

Vox, from San Antonio, Texas, had competed on Idol in the past under her given name, Adam Sanders, and even made it to the top 50. This time around, as Ada, the full fantasy was realized and the big diva songs that didn’t quite match up when Adam sang them were given new life. Fans were understandably upset by the performer’s exit.

Ok excuse me but all the people that didn’t vote for Ada Vox, I hope you step on a Lego.

— Gillian Steele |-/ (@gillainsteele) April 24, 2018

ada vox had the best voice of the whole competition but conservative america ignored that bc she was a drag queen and that’s the tea

— emily (@shadesofvirgo) April 30, 2018

I call complete BULLSHIT! #Adavox was the best thing to grace that stage in years! Very disappointed to say the least. #AmericanIdol

— Lisa (@LisaLisainqcaz) April 30, 2018

Watch Vox’s final American Idol performance, below.

RuPaul’s Drag Race is hugely popular right now. The third installment of All Stars just ended last week, and the show’s 10th season premiered Thursday night. And now American Idol 2018 could be cashing in with their own “next drag superstar.”

Ada Vox, a singing drag queen from San Antonio, Texas, will be featured on the final audition episode Sunday night. Can she sing? Apparently so. But is the singing American Idol worthy? That would be a yes. Remember, this isn’t American Idol season 3 or 5 when a drag queen would show up and sing horribly just to get Simon Cowell to boo them out the door. American Idol no longer takes the bad audition route.

SPOILER ALERT. There will be a spoiler ahead, so stop reading now if you don’t want to know how Ada’s audition goes.

This isn’t exactly Ada’s first go at American Idol. She, also known as Adam Sanders, audition for Randy Jackson, Mariah Carey, Keith Urban and Nicki Minaj back in Season 12 where he made it through to Hollywood Week, but didn’t clear the Top 40 hurdle.

And according to our American Idol spoilers, Ada gets her ticket to Hollywood also. And since there have been a lot of outlets reporting on her audition, I think we can expect her to make it even farther this time than she did in Season 12.

I’m just wondering if she plans to stay in drag for every performance. From what I’ve gathered, I think so.

“I said maybe this is happening ‘cause it’s time for someone like me here,” Ada told the San Antonio Current. “So I went ahead and stepped out this time as Ada and I said, ‘You know what? This is my time to make my mark. It’s my time to stand for something, and it’s my time to make my dreams come true.’”

I have to say, I’m ready for this. I’m a fan of RuPaul’s Drag Race and I think it will be refreshing to watch a drag queen perform on the Idol stage. And actually, American Idol has a history with drag queen contestants. Danny Noriega, who made it to the Top 16 on American Idol Season 7, later competed on RuPaul’s Drag Race as Adore Delano, finishing in the Top 3. Adore returned to Drag Race All Stars 2, where she removed herself from the competition.

Ada Vox impressed the judges on American Idol so much, they pulled a major move to get her to the top 10 this season. After her performance of “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” from Dreamgirls on Monday night, the judges were convinced to save her right after her performance, rather than at the end of the show.

She clearly made an impression on the judges, and we’ll see if that will help her reach the finale. Here’s everything you need to know about Ada Vox.

She’s a drag queen.

— Ada Vox (@AdaVox) March 23, 2018

She might be Ada Vox on American Idol, but when the wig and makeup comes off, Ada is Adam Sanders from San Antonio, Texas. At her audition, Vox revealed that she’s a waiter by day and a drag queen by night, performing at clubs as Ada Vox.

For Sanders, who identifies as male and uses “he” pronouns out of drag, Ada Vox is an entertainment persona that he uses for performance, sort of like a character he plays.

“Mr. Adam is the base of everything that I am. That’s just who I am and what I do every day of my life,” he told People. “Ms. Ada is kinda of the outer exterior, is a personification of the diva in Adam.”

For American Idol, he decided to perform as Ada on the show after multiple attempts at auditioning out of drag.

“It’s not who I live as. I’m just a drag queen. I do this on stage for entertainment purposes. This is simply an alter performance ego, but it’s not who Adam is,” Vox told KSAT 12.

Music was an inspiration after brain surgery.

[email protected] sang “The Show Must Go On” and delivered an absolute SHOW. STOPPER! 🙌 #AmericanIdol pic.twitter.com/6T282DSMaf

— American Idol (@AmericanIdol) April 23, 2018

Singing became a big part of Sanders’ life when he underwent brain surgery to remove a cyst at eight years old.

“When I was in the hospital, my mom would sing to me. And when she would sing to me, I had this sense of healing and a sense of happiness,” he told the San Antonio Current. “That was the only time I would have relief from the pain that I was dealing with at the time.”

The character was dreamed up three years ago.

So… To Hollywood I go 💖
I love all of you so much.
This is a HUGE step in the right direction for love and equality on ALL levels.
So many great things are still to come!#Voxies #TheNextIdol @AmericanIdol #wig #dragqueen #LGBTQ pic.twitter.com/7U5QAYlMcr

— Ada Vox (@AdaVox) March 26, 2018

After seeing drag queens for the first time, Sanders became inspired to create a persona that fits his high-pitch singing voice.

“She’s been around for about three years now on stages, you know, in the clubs and stuff,” Sanders told KSAT 12. “And she’s been a blessing in disguise. She became the personification of the diva everyone said I sounded like but didn’t look like.”

Sanders auditioned for Idol 13 times.

While this is the first time he is performing as Vox, Sanders is not new to American Idol. According to KSAT 12, he previously auditioned 12 times out of drag before making it past the judges’ cuts as Vox. He got cut during the Hollywood Round and did not make it to the Top 40 in 2012. On his 13th try, this time as Vox, he has now made it to the Top 10.

After the Hollywood round, he dealt with a lot of negativity.

After appearing on American Idol in 2012, Sanders said that he received a lot of negative messages on social media, and it made him consider suicide.

“People attacked my weight, my sexuality. Telling me that I was horrible, that I sucked, that I don’t deserve to be here, that I shouldn’t be who I am. And I let it get to me in a wrong way,” he said on the show. “It killed me inside. It killed me inside almost as much as people we telling me that I should kill myself.”

He said that the negativity helped him become a stronger person and discover his new alter ego, Vox.

Vox already has some famous fans.

The American Idol judges aren’t the only ones who are fans of Vox. She recently got shout outs from RuPaul and Michelle Visage from RuPaul’s Drag Race on Twitter. Danny Noreiga from season 7 of American Idol, also known as drag queen Adore Delano, also praised Vox for her performances. Jennifer Holliday, who originated the role of Effie White from Dreamgirls on Broadway, also gave Vox a shout out on Twitter for her performance.

Lea Michele was also blown away by Vox after they performed Defying Gravity together as a duet during the top 24 round. “Can you handle this? This talent is out of control,” she said after their performance.

Vox has already made history as the first drag queen to make it to the final 10. Only time will tell if she will become the first ever to win American Idol.

Tamara Fuentes Entertainment Editor Tamara Fuentes is the entertainment editor for Seventeen and covers celebrity news, pop culture, television, movies, music, and books.

Catching up with Singing Drag Queen Sensation Ada Vox

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After slaying her way into the top eight of last year’s American Idol, homegrown San Antonio singing sensation Ada Vox is returning for a performance at the San Antonio AIDS Foundation’s WEBB Party fundraiser.
If you somehow were living under a rock last year, let’s recap: Vox — born Adam Sanders — made it onto the iconic singing show as its first drag queen contestant. Week after week and performance after performance, Sanders showcased her vocal range and dynamic on tunes ranging from Radiohead’s “Creep” to the Lion King’s “Circle of Life.”
Her commanding voice and powerful stage presence — and killer looks — even grabbed the attention from the most famous drag queen in the world, Rupaul, who tweeted “SHANTAY, you slay! @AdaVox XORU.”
After getting sent home as she closed in on the finals, Vox has continued to thrive, last year releasing her first single, “Because of You,” and touring relentlessly. The singer relocated to Dallas last October, saying its airport has more direct flights to the cities she’s performing in.
With the WEBB Party coming up on Friday, April 19, it seemed like a good time to hit up the South San High School alumnus to what she’s been up to since her appearance on American Idol.
So first off, how are you?
Good! Your girl’s doing her thing all over the country – all over the world. I’ve just been very, very busy planning a move to LA in July. It’s time to make the next step and move forward in this career
Are you playing a lot more shows there or what’s going on?
I have a lot of stuff I can’t disclose, but I have a few singles in the works, and let’s just say that there are many opportunities in LA that are going to benefit me in the long run.

Any plans on moving into acting?
I’m definitely planning on branching out to more than just music, only because I want to be known as someone who can do a little bit of everything. I take pride in the fact that I dabble in a little bit of everything and hopefully can get into doing stuff like sitcoms or a Neftlix series’ or movies.
Have you thought about auditioning for Rupaul’s Drag Race?
I thought about it, but at the moment I’m just extremely busy, and I’m booked way out in advance. I also just don’t have a need to cancel all of those bookings just to take a chance on another show. Realistically I don’t consider myself a drag race type of girl. When people ask me what I do, I say I’m a singer, I don’t say I’m a drag queen. And I think that’s what separates myself from a lot of girls that are on that show. And so much great talent comes out of that show, but I would rather be known from my platform of American Idol as a vocalist rather than a competitive drag queen.
I saw that you got a little shade on Facebook for moving away from San Antonio. What’s that all about?
Some shady people claim that San Antonio made me everything that I was and that it was selfish of me to move away after San Antonio did all this for me. I’m like, “Honey, this is where I was born and raised.” The way that it works is that people are born and raised in some places, they live their lives and then seek opportunities elsewhere.
The fact is this: San Antonio didn’t give me anything. I was doing free shows every week just trying to make a name for myself. San Antonio didn’t put me on American Idol. San Antonio did not even vote me through any of the live shows, because I didn’t make it based on public votes at all. While I appreciate the support, I do not owe anything to the city for “making me,” because I did this myself. I put in the work. I’ve been in the industry for over a decade singing. It’s not like San Antonio catapulted me into stardom. American Idol did, not my city.
The people that make it, make it when they move away. It’s a great start-up city for musicians, but you’re never going to make it big here, you have to move out for opportunities and it’s the bigger cities that will make you into something great.
Do you still have family here? Do you still consider San Antonio home?
Yes! And still I think San Antonio is one of the best places in the whole wide world. It’s such a great cultural mixing pot. It has the best food ever. I think the people are awesome compared to the majority of places that I’ve been, and it’s always going to be home. I’ll never not claim it. I’ll always represent my hometown of San Antonio, no matter where I go.
Tell me about this show at the Webb Party coming up.
It’s a wonderful opportunity for me to get back home and have some fun with the people that do appreciate me and are excited about the things that I’m doing with my career. I love any opportunity to be back at home performing.
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Who Is Ada Vox From ‘American Idol’? This Standout Contestant Already Auditioned Once Before

It’s not unusual for American Idol contestants to audition more than once before making it to the Top 24. In fact, there are some famous musicians who auditioned more than once only to never even make it past the producers, like Lady Antebellum frontwoman Hillary Scott. But never before in Idol history has someone auditioned as a completely different persona the second time around. Who is American Idol contestant Ada Vox, and what is the singer’s history with the show?

When Ada first auditioned for American Idol in Season 12, it was as Adam Sanders, and Adam actually made it through to Hollywood. But after this initial victory, Adam was cut during the brutal Hollywood week, leaving the show with dreams cut short. Before Adam debuted as his drag-queen persona Ada on this season of American Idol, the singer revealed that after Season 12 aired, he received an influx of abuse and hatred online. “After American Idol, I started getting messages on social media every day,” Adam said before his audition as Ada. “People attacked my weight, my sexuality, telling me that I was horrible, that I sucked, that I don’t deserve to be here, that I shouldn’t be who I am. And I let it get to me in a wrong way. It killed me inside. It killed me inside almost as much as people were telling me that I should kill myself … I was contemplating lots of things that I shouldn’t have.”

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But Adam was able to recover and heal, and put those hateful comments behind. And the performer that this new crop of judges saw audition wasn’t Adam at all, but Ada Vox, Adam’s drag queen persona. “I am so ready to show everybody, to show America, to show these judges, who I am now, and I can take anything and everything that comes my way,” Adam said before appearing in front of the judges as Ada. And Ada brought the house down with an incredible rendition of “House of the Rising Sun”, sailing right through to Hollywood.

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Ada has continued to be a top competitor throughout Hollywood week, proving that she is going to be one to watch as more and more people get cut from the competition. She showed incredible versatility during the infamously difficult group rounds, when she beatboxed for her group’s slowed-down performance of Jason Derulo’s “Want To Want Me.” But where she really shined, and differentiated herself from the other strong competitors, was during her incredible showcase performance of Radiohead’s “Creep,” which brought the audience, and the judges, to their feet.

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This goose-bump inducing performance catapulted her straight into the Top 24. But even though she is definitely a stand-out competitor, Ada will be facing some stiff competition in her fellow finalists. Other early frontrunners Alyssa Raghu, Amelia Hammer Harris, Garrett Jacobs, and Ron Bultongez might give Ada a run for her money. But that’s part of what makes American Idol so exciting.

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Though it seems that Adam will be competing on Idol as Ada, when the time came to face the judges and hear their decision regarding the Top 24, the makeup and wig came off, and Adam appeared in front of Katy, Lionel, and Luke for the first time. “I wanted to face you all as myself,” Adam said, before finding out that Ada had made it through to the Top 24. But fans, and even Ada’s fellow contestants, are already rooting hard for American Idol’s first drag queen competitor to make it all the way:

Ada will still have to make it through the Top 24 round, however, and next week another ten contestants will be eliminated. Just like Heidi Klum says about fashion, on American Idol one day you’re in, and the next day you’re out. So fans of Ada should be sure to tune in, and voice their support loud and clear.

If you or someone you know are experiencing suicidal thoughts, call 911, or call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.

Ada Vox isn’t messing around. She put judge Katy Perry, and America, on notice: she is in this life to win it!

A San Antonio based drag queen who sang her heart out on ABC’s “American Idol,” Ada became a Semi-finalist, something that would have been unheard of several years ago. Her appearance marks a first for the show, and people still talk about her performance of The Animals “House of the Rising Sun” as one of the stand-out auditions of the season.

Rewind five years to 2013 when Ada Vox auditioned for Fox’s American Idol back when she was known as Adam Sanders. In one of his Season 12 performances, he got a standing ovation from three of the four judges with his performance of Etta James’s “I’d Rather Go Blind.” Despite this, he not only got eliminated after Hollywood week, but had to endure taunts, teasing and threats from people on social media. Ada revealed on this year’s show that “People attacked my weight, my sexuality, telling me that I was horrible, that I sucked, that I don’t deserve to be here, that I shouldn’t be who I am. And I let it get to me in a wrong way. It killed me inside…I was contemplating lots of things that I shouldn’t have.

“Ada did not let that deter her from her dream and when she heard the show was coming back to ABC, she decided to audition again as Ada Vox, a person

A Drag Queen’s ‘American Idol’ Injustice: Will an LGBTQ Person Ever Win One of These Shows?

Dressed in a shimmering golden skin of a dress, his hair teased into a lion’s mane of curls, and a dramatic projection resembling a burning sun scorching behind him, Ada Vox roared out a rendition of “Circle of Life” from The Lion King Sunday night on American Idol that just about stopped the show.

Take his incredible vocal gymnastics into account, and it was the talent show equivalent of all the fireworks at a firework show going off at once. So it says a lot about the caliber of this performer that a spectacle like his “Circle of Life” performance actually falls among his least memorable. Perhaps that’s why he was voted out of the competition on Sunday night.

After jaw-dropping performances of “And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going,” “Creep,” and “House of the Rising Sun” earlier in the season, Ada raised his own bar. Though still delivering a stellar performance Sunday night, he perhaps noticeably faltered in attempting to clear that bar again. Meanwhile his less-talented competition managed to run right underneath it, unnoticed, to the next round of competition.

Ada Vox was the first drag queen to make it to the Top 10 of American Idol, and would have been the first gay or gender nonconforming contestant to ever win an amateur reality TV talent competition. It’s a distinction that many critics watching the show felt he deserved, and the amount of social media attention he received indicated he might accomplish.

But there seemed to be a disconnect between those raves and the actual votes from Idol’s audience, an audience that historically leans conservative and toward Middle America (as many of these talent competitions do). After steamrolling through the rounds of competition that judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, and Luke Bryan controlled, Ada fell to the bottom twice when the public took control of voting, including his elimination this week.

It’s interesting that one night later, Olympic figure skater and out gay media star Adam Rippon danced his way to the top of the leader board of the new athletes-only season of Dancing With the Stars with a fantastic routine set to a song by RuPaul, “Sissy That Walk.” Later this week, the annual fan-favorite episode of a RuPaul’s Drag Race season will air—“Snatch Game”—an event of sorts for a series that celebrates the art of drag and is breaking ratings records, winning Emmy Awards, and achieving mainstream status 10 years after it first began airing.

Even as we vent about Ada Vox’s elimination, it’s also a moment to cheer on visibility, queerness, drag, and LGBTQ talent on reality TV. It also raises the question, though, of how far we’ve come—and still have to go—when it comes to gay and gender nonconforming performers and acceptance in these reality shows.

It’s been 16 years since Jim Verraros was forced to delete web journals discussing his homosexuality during the first year of American Idol, 15 years since Clay Aiken competed on Idol while closeted, and nine years since Adam Lambert—Adam Lambert!—waited until after the show to come out. No gay contestants have won The Voice. It’s been more than a decade of dancers not discussing their sexualities on So You Think You Can Dance.

It’s 2018, and we still haven’t had an openly gay or gender nonconforming winner of a major reality TV competition. Was Ada Vox going to be the first? Should he have been?

Ada Vox is a drag queen from San Antonio who first competed on American Idol’s 12th season under his birth name Adam Sanders. He made it to the Top 50 before being sent home, returning to compete in the revival as his drag alter ego.

His vocal range and noticeably confident performance flourish stunned the judges. His rendition of the iconic anthem “And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going” from Dreamgirls, performed to save himself from elimination from the Top 10, was so remarkable that the judges didn’t even deliberate before deeming him safe.

But that Ada found himself in danger to begin with certainly suggests that something about the package he was serving audiences didn’t resonate, which might not be entirely surprising given the history of the show. In fact, Ada acknowledged that himself before Sunday’s show, saying, “America might not be ready for people like those of us who are a little bit different.”

There are those, whoever, who scoff at the idea of blaming prejudice for Ada’s elimination. Clay Aiken himself wrote an entire piece for HuffPost centered around the idea that Ada simply just wasn’t talented enough to win.

“Ada Vox wasn’t voted off because she is a drag queen and she wasn’t voted off because Adam Sanders (her alter ego) is a gay man,” he wrote. “She was voted off because she was not the best voice on the show.”

Be kind to Aiken. His column does consider Ada’s identity and how it might be perceived, as well as the reaction he might get as a gay man for arguing against Ada’s talent. He calls Ada a star and magnetic performer. But he’s steadfast in his opinion: “Ada Vox was not eliminated because she didn’t conform to the societal norms of Idol viewers; she was eliminated because she didn’t conform to the key of the song.”

Our counter to that opinion is that, as Aiken well knows, the “best voice” is often the least important factor when it comes to Idol winners. The days of Kelly Clarkson-level vocalists belting their way to the finale went by the wayside early in the Idol years, quickly replaced by raspy singer-songwriters with engaging personalities and sexually nonthreatening smiles.

To wit, of this season’s two perceived frontrunners, one chirped through “Bare Necessities” while accompanying herself on the ukulele Sunday night, while the other grinned through a vocally one-note, though very charming, rendition of “You’ve Got a Friend in Me.”

In fact, you could argue that performance, package, and personality is almost exclusively what matters, certainly over voice, in these competitions. Obviously, Ada’s identity and gender bending are intrinsic parts of all those things. And that’s what Idol voters weren’t buying, which is a shame.

It’s hard to think of a reason why this Idol revival exists, but it did—and still does—have the opportunity to make a cultural mark showcasing diversity of all kinds, be it gender, race, or sexuality. It’s only in recent years on shows like The Voice that a performer has even felt comfortable talking about identifying as queer, after too many storylines to count about heterosexual performers’ love lives.

After Ada’s elimination, there is one performer left in the competition who identifies as queer, 18-year-old out lesbian Jurnee, who is married to a woman. Jurnee stumbled in the Top 10, finding herself up for elimination before being saved by the judges alongside Ada Vox. But she was voted through to the Top 7 Sunday night.

She hasn’t made nearly as much noise as Ada and could be hindered by more direct comparisons to the show’s other young female belters. But she could also make history as the first out champion of American Idol.

It’s interesting, but perhaps hardly surprising, that for all the campy theatrics that define these competition shows, audiences are hesitant to vote an LGBTQ winner. We’re at the point where contestants are finally comfortable being out and discussing their identity on the shows, but that still seems to be a liability against winning.

It makes Adam Rippon’s run on the athletes-only Dancing With the Stars this season one to watch. Rippon’s media star shot through the hemispheres during the Winter Olympics. But as beloved as he was by the media, he was equally polarizing to many Americans who were put off by his personality and his outspoken politics.

Of course, few TV shows are gayer than Dancing With the Stars. To wit, in 2016 male model Nyle DiMarco, who publicly identifies as “sexually fluid,” became the first contestant who identifies on the queer spectrum to win the competition. Though his sexuality wasn’t addressed on the show, he also became the first man to dance with a same-sex partner—although just for a few seconds during a group routine.

It might be surprising that Dancing With the Stars, of all these competition shows, is breaking so many boundaries, though it should be said that So You Think You Can Dance has made major strides in embracing its queerness in recent seasons, and had same-sex couples dancing together long before Stars did. Still, a win by Rippon would be monumental.

All that said, there’s a difference between a show that showcases performers who are already celebrities, and a show meant to launch the career of an unknown person, one who is attempting to do so while being true to their identity. There’s a powerful message that crowning a person who identifies that way unapologetically could send. We’re just waiting for one of these shows to send it.

Ever since “American Idol” contestant Adam Sanders was sent home earlier this week, the big debate online is whether his decision to perform in drag as Ada Vox factored into his elimination.

Former “Idol” star Clay Aiken wrote an op-ed in The Huffington Post that Sanders may be the biggest star when it’s all said and done.

Aiken wrote that “someone needs to be real here. Ada Vox wasn’t voted off because she is a drag queen and she wasn’t voted off because Adam Sanders (her alter ego) is a gay man. She was voted off because she was not the best voice on the show.”

But, he added, “Let me be clear: Vox is a star. And Vox can sing … Her performances of ‘And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going’ and ‘Circle of Life’ were rousing spectacles but they were not master classes in singing … And Ada Vox, entertaining performer though she doubtless is, was not the best singer. No, ma’am.”

Ultimately, Aiken predicts that Sanders “will likely eclipse whoever the eventual winner will be” in terms of success.

Sanders also spoke out on Twitter, thanking fans but also Aiken for the inspiration to “build myself up to become even better.”

“From this, I will take your words and use them to build myself up to become even better. I know that there are great things to come for me in the near future, and I’m glad that you believe in my career! Im honestly honored. Thank you!” he wrote Wednesday.

And Sanders seems to be taking the elimination in stride.

“I want to say thank you all so, so much for the love and support on my journey!” he posted on Instagram. “My ‘American Idol’ journey may have come to an end, but the real competition begins now. From here, it’s all a competition to see who will really climb to the top! Please remain respectful to the remaining contestants. They have all earned their spot and we all have the same dream. You will be seeing much more of me VERY soon.”

Sanders, out of drag, also posted a fun picture with what looks to be his boyfriend, seemingly carrying on just fine without the show.

“American Idol” returns to ABC on Sunday night with America’s top seven vying for a chance to win it all.

The Best Filipina Singers in American Idol, Ranked!

— There’s no denying that Filipinas have made their mark on most of the international singing competitions, one of which is “American Idol.”

### 5) Malaya Watson The ethnicity of Malaya is very evident in her name. This awkward 17-year-old girl surprised the celebrity judges the moment she started singing at the audition.

### 4) Camile Velasco The soulful voice of this Pinay diva made her very remarkable. She wowed everyone with her tearful rendition of “One Last Cry.”

### 3) Ramiele Malubay Ramiele started singing with the karaoke when she was 12 years old. She stunned everyone when she sang “Natural Woman” during her audition.

### 2) Jasmine Trias This was the girl who started it all! She captured the hearts of our kababayans with her sweet voice. Jasmine made us fall in love with her more when she sang the jingle for a popular Philippine fastfood chain.

### 1) Jessica Sanchez No one will forget the electrifying duet of our very own Jessica Sanchez and Tony Award recipient and Grammy Winner Jennifer Holiday. They sang the popular singing contest piece “And I am Telling You.” Jessica was the only Pinay who made it to the grand finals of AI.

Katy Perry slammed for “sexually harassing” American Idol auditionee

Netizens criticized American pop star Katy Perry for locking lips with a 19-year-old auditionee on American Idol.

An auditionee named Benjamin Glaze told the judges that he has never kissed anyone before. Upon saying it, Perry, a judge of the new season of American Idol, stood up from her chair and offered the 19-year-old cashier a kiss.

After the episode aired, however, Glaze revealed that Perry’s action made him “uncomfortable.”

“I wanted to save it for my first relationship. I wanted it to be special… I know a lot of guys would be like, ‘Heck yeah!’ But for me, I was raised in a conservative family and I was uncomfortable immediately. I wanted my first kiss to be special,” he told The New York Times.

Many netizens bashed Perry, 33, online for stealing a kiss from a 19-year-old.

Imagine if a 33 year-old male artist tricked a 19 year-old female auditioner into a kiss like Katy Perry just did with that teenage guy. Would we all think it was cute? #AmericanIdol

— Craig M. Tiede (@craigmtd) March 12, 2018

Ok, let’s be real for a minute: If Katy Perry was a man and that American Idol kiss happened to a woman, it would be sexual harassment, right? If we want people to listen to legit claims of harassment by women, we need to end the double standards. My 2 cents.

— Anna Baglione (@AnnaBaglione) March 12, 2018

Anyone else watching Idol feel like Katy Perry pressured that poor kid into letting her kiss him on the cheek and violated him by planting one on his lips? Would not have been okay for a male celebrity to do to a young girl. #americanidol #katyperry #mencanbesexuallyharassedtoo

— Heather Campbell (@Niblet81) March 12, 2018

Unfortunately, Glaze did not get the judges’ approval as his performance is said to have “lacked practice” and seemed “rushed”. Nevertheless, it was him who also stressed that he did not feel sexually harassed by Perry in the audition.

This journey has just begun, Benjamin.

A kiss for good luck from @katyperry and you’re on your way. #AmericanIdol pic.twitter.com/k9YYLkLcXM

— American Idol (@AmericanIdol) March 12, 2018

On a lighter note, another video of Perry went viral a few days ago. It showed how Perry funnily swoons over another “hot” auditionee named Trevor Holmes.

“You’re so hot… Only hot guys are typically named Trevor,” Perry swooned.

Many netizens said that Perry’s reaction was “true” and “relatable”.

Perry’s video with Holmes has now gained over 36 million views and nearly 1 million reactions on Facebook.

American Idol is the long-running singing competition in the United States that skyrocketed the careers of Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, and Carrie Underwood among others.

Jasmine Trias and Jessica Sanchez are some notable Filipino contestants who also competed on the show.

Haley Smith (born July 11, 1992) is an American Singer, Reality Television Personality and Songwriter from the Utah, United States. She was the former contestant of American Idol Season 11. Moreover, she famed for her audition round performance.

Unfortunately, she eliminated from the second round of the competition. The judges appreciated her melodious voice and song selection. On the other hand, she organized some live concerts with other Hollywood celebrities.

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Death Cause, Accident & Details

There is sad news related to her that she died on August 31, 2019. Though, the death cause reported is a motorcycle accident. Smith’s dad Mike Smith confirmed his daughter’s death news. Her family faced a terrible time after her sudden death.

She was unable to recognize the sharp turn at Millinocket, Maine and her bike crashed. The area police chief talked to the heavy.com people. Haley filled her comment thread on Facebook with the emotional tributes.

Early Life, Parents & Profile

Biography: American Idol’s Singer, Haley Smith was born on the 11th of July 1992 (age 27 years old, as in 2019) in Utah (USA). Still, her mother welcomed her in the world with her father Mike Smith. She visited the church with her family. Furthermore, she fascinated music during that time.

Haley’s mom enrolled her to a music school. She learned the basics of different music types. Though, her siblings’ details are not available on any internet website.

She educated at the Orem High School, Mountain View High School, and Timpanogos High School. Haley used two names, Haley F. Smith and Halley Love Hendrickson. She enrolled in the degree courses of the Utah Valley University.

Personal Affairs, Boyfriend & Spouse

Smith was a young and gorgeous girl. Apart from that, she confirmed on Facebook about her boyfriend Tristan McAvoy. Though, McAvoy called Haley his dream girl. He is sad after her accidental death.

Trivia & Quick Info

Wiki/Bio
Real Full Birth Name 1. Haley F. Smith.
2. Halley Love Hendrickson.
Nick name Haley.
Profession Singer, Former American Idol 11 Contestant & Songwriter.
Famous for Died in the motorcycle accident on August 31, 2019.
Age (As of 2019) 27 years old.
Date of Birth (DOB), Birthday July 11, 1992.
Birthplace/Hometown Utah, United States.
Nationality American.
Ethnicity White Caucasian.
Gender Female.
Sexuality (Gay or Lesbian) Straight.
Religion Christianity.
Sun Sign (Zodiac Birth Sign) Cancer.
House Location Millinocket (Utah, USA).
Death Date August 31, 2019.
Place Utah, USA.
Cause Motorcycle Accident.
Physical Statistics
Height (Tall) Feet & Inches: 5′ 4″.
Centimeters: 163 cm.
Meters: 1.63 m.
Weight Kilograms: 55 Kg.
Pounds: 121 lbs.
Tattoo details? NA.
Shoe Size (UK) 5.
Eye Color Brown.
Hair Color Dark Brown.
Family
Parents Father: Mike Smith.
Mother: Not Known.
Siblings Brother:
Sister:
Famous Relatives Grandparents:
Uncle:
Aunt:
Personal Life Relationship
Marital Status Unmarried.
Dating History? NA.
Boyfriend/Fiancé Tristan McAvoy.
Husband/Spouse Name Not Known.
Son None.
Daughter None.
Education
Highest Qualification College Degree Cleared.
School 1.Orem High School.
2. Mountain View High School.
3. Timpanogos High School.
Alma Mater. Utah Valley University.
Hobbies & Favorite Things
Favorite Celebrities Actor: Will Smith.
Actress: Scarlett Johansson.
Dream Holiday Destination Amsterdam.
Favorite Color Black, Red, Pink, Blue & White.
Love to do Adventure Sports & Watching American Idol.
Favorite Food Sushi, Pasta and Cheese Pizza.
Wealth
Net worth (approx.) $100K US Dollars.
Monthly Salary, Income & Earnings Under revision.
Contact Details
Mobile or Phone Number Not Known.
Official Website NA.
Home Details Lived in State Street in Millinocket.
Email Address Not found.

Some Lesser Known Facts about Haley Smith

  • Wikipedia: American Idol Singer, Haley is passionate about adventure sports activities.
  • Moreover, she composed her songs for the concerts.
  • She craved on the dishes like Sushi, Pasta and Cheese Pizza.
  • Money Factor: Ms. Smith’s decent net worth is around $100K US Dollars. Furthermore, she made the money through her musical events.
  • She watched the American Idol reality show from her childhood with her family.
  • Though, she hates partying with her friends.

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  • Physical Appearance: Haley Smith’s height is 5 feet 4 inches tall (163 cm). On the other hand, the 27-year-old musician body weight is 55 kg (121 lbs).
  • Smith did three jobs cleaner, meat department work, and sausage maker.
  • She worked in a hotel in the housekeeping department.