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In a preview of Sunday’s season premiere of “American Idol,” Alabama singer Tyler Allen delivered an emotional audition that brought tears to judge Katy Perry’s eyes.
It wasn’t just the performance itself that brought tears to tears, but the tragic story behind the song he sang, telling the judges he used to sing it as a lullaby to his young nephew, deceased.
“The song I’m going to sing today is the song I used to sing to him all the time when I was rocking him to sleep,” Allen told the judges, Perry reacting with grief.
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“It was difficult for my family to cope, but singing is my way of healing. So when I had the chance to come, I said what better way to honor her than to sing the Whitney Houston song,” he shared.
With that, he launched into a performance of Houston’s “Love Eternal” that left all three judges affected — and Perry openly crying.
“Katy is an absolute wreck,” judge Luke Bryan said after Allen wrapped up her performance.
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The season 20 premiere of “American Idol” will air on Sunday, February 26.