A Vietnamese contestant surprised three judges of American Idol in Sunday’s Season 2 premiere with her audition that could “transcend all language barriers” to “connect people.”
Judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan all fell for Myra Tran, whose Vietnamese name is Minh Nhu, when she sang a rendition of "One Night Only," originally performed by Jennifer Hudson in the 2006 movie musical "Dreamgirls," which earned her an Oscar for best supporting actress, in the premiere on ABC.
The three high-fived and said lovely words of her sweet performance, comparing the Vietnamese girl to Kelly Clarkson, who won the show's first season on Fox in 2002.
"You're up there with the Kelly Clarksons of the world; that's the only way that I can say it," Bryan said.
"There's nothing we can compare you to," Richie added. "You have stepped into a zone that's yours, and what I want you to do from now on is rule your zone."
“I think if you keep singing, you’re really gonna connect people,” Perry said.
“We can really feel who you are through the music.
“I feel like music transcends language barriers.
“And you’ve just showed us that.”
The judges then said Tran would go to the Hollywood, meaning she made it through the next round.
Tran won The X Factor Vietnam as Minh Nhu in 2016, when she was just 17 years old.
The X Factor Vietnam is the Vietnamese version of The X Factor, a UK television music talent show for aspiring pop singers drawn from public auditions.