Autistic American Idol Contestant Brings Judges To Tears With Kacey Musgraves’ “Rainbow”

Talk about a tear jerker.

28-year-old Sam Finelli overcame his fears, and auditioned for American Idol in last night’s episode, after his mother convinced him to take a leap of faith and give it a shot.

The Peachtree Corners, Georgia, resident had a difficult time making the decision, as he was diagnosed with high functioning autism as a kid, making him feel like he was different from all of the other kids his age growing up.

He was very open about his struggles growing up with the diagnosis, as he admitted he never felt like he fit in, creating a ton of fear inside of him to go out and pursue the things he loves, like music.

However, as he was creeping closer and closer to the cut off age for American Idol contestants, he realized that time was running short, so he overcame his fears and made the move.

You could see the nerves on his face, as he geared up to sing Kacey Musgraves’ most popular hit, “Rainbow.” The song was released in February of 2019, as the fifth and final single from Musgraves’ critically-acclaimed studio album, Golden Hour.

Sure enough, he put his fears aside, and delivered a powerful rendition of the song.

In fact, it was so moving, that it moved all three judges, Lionel Ritchie, Katy Perry, and Luke Bryan… to tears.

A beer bottle on a dock



A beer bottle on a dock