Another young Filipino-American has made it to American Idol Season 13 Hollywood Rounds after Jessica Sanchez.
The 16-year-old Malaya Watson from Southfield, Michigan, wowed “Idol” judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick, Jr. with her soulful rendition of Aretha Franklin’s “Ain’t No Way” during her audition.
“I don’t need to hear anything else,” Lopez said of Watson’s performance. She added, “You’re blessed. God gave you something so pure and real and special. I can’t wait to see how you go through the transformation you’re about to go through.”
“I loved it,” Keith Urban said. “Absolutely beautiful.”
“Thank you for doing such a great job,” Harry Connick, Jr. said.
Watson mentioned her Lolo as a musical influence during the “Road to Hollywood American Idol” video.
“My musical inspiration comes from three people: my Dad, who was a guitar player. My grandfather who died when I was seven months, he’s a musical genius. And my other grandfather, who I called Lolo which means grandfather. He was also a guitar player. That’s where I came from,” she said.