Katy Perry sewage highly affectional during an audition connected Sunday's section of "American Idol."
A young man named Trey Louis told nan judges that he wanted to beryllium connected nan show to make his hometown of Sante Fe, Texas, proud aft nan 2018 shooting astatine his precocious school, which caused Perry to break down into tears.
Louis sang "Stone" by Whiskey Myers, and his unthinkable capacity led to a opinionated ovation by Perry and her chap judges, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan.
After immoderate very affirmative feedback, Bryan asked Louis why he was auditioning. He explained that he was from Santa Fe, and "In May of 2018, a gunman walked into my school. I was successful Art Room 1, and he changeable up Art Room 2 earlier he made his measurement to Art Room 1."
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From near to right, Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan cried during an highly affectional "American Idol" audition. (Raymond Liu)
"Lost a batch of friends," he continued, choking up. "Eight students were killed, 2 teachers were killed. And it's conscionable been really negative, man, Santa Fe's had a bad rap since 2018."
All nan judges were visibly moved by his story, but it was Perry who sewage highly emotional, putting her caput successful her hands and sobbing.
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Louis asked her what she was doing, and she sat backmost up and declared "Our state has f---ing grounded us."
"Facts," Louis responded.
"This is not OK," she said. "You should beryllium singing present because you emotion music, not because you had to spell done that … You don't person to suffer 8 friends."
She told him "I dream that you punctual group that we person to change. ‘Cause you cognize what, I’m frightened too."
The camera trim to Richie wiping distant tears arsenic Perry continued to cry.
Katy Perry sobbed upon proceeding nan communicative of schoolhouse shooting subsister Trey Louis. (JC Olivera)
"We person tolerated this for truthful long," Richie said. "For excessively long. It's go a norm."
"And we've sewage to change," Perry insisted, "and I dream you tin conscionable lead."
"For myself and my schoolhouse and for you, you sewage it," Louis told her.
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All 3 judges voted for him to proceed connected to nan adjacent round, and he hugged each of them earlier telling them he would spot them successful Hollywood.
The "American Idol" judges sent Trey Louis to nan adjacent information aft his moving audition. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
The Sante Fe High School shooting happened connected May 18, 2018. A 17-year-old student named Dimitrios Pagourtzis killed 8 students and 2 teachers and injured 13 others, including a constabulary serviceman that was stationed astatine nan school.
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Since then, Pagourtzis has spent overmuch of his clip successful a intelligence wellness installation and has many times been recovered unfit to guidelines trial.
Emily Trainham is an intermezo editor for Fox News Digital.