Man, I wasn’t ready to get teary-eyed on a Monday.
American Idol is once again in full force, and in last night’s episode, we were introduced to 21-year-old Trey Louis (not to be confused with the “Dicked Down in Dallas” Trey Lewis), from Santa Fe, Texas.
Rocking a sweet mullet, Louis walked into the audition room and talked about how he’s a full-time mattress salesman, and Luke Bryan hilariously asked:
“Have you ever caught anybody trying to have a little whoopee in the store?”
And Louis responded:
“That’s a good question, I’ve had people come in and ask me questions regarding how good you can perform on the bed… I can kinda give them like ‘yeah man this one bounces good, or this one has a good firmness to it.'”
However, it wasn’t the personality that really hooked the judges.
Louis put on an incredible rendition of Whiskey Myers’ “Stone,” with a voice that will have you drawing comparisons to the likes of Chris Stapleton.
It was an impressive performance, especially considering he chose such a difficult song to sing. Mix in his charisma and vocals, and this kid really has a chance to win it all this year.
But, perhaps the most moving part of the whole audition, is when Louis gave his story.
Back in 2018, a gunman walked into Santa Fe High School and killed eight students, and two teachers.
Louis was in class during the shooting, and the gunman walked into his classroom.
“In May 2018, a gunman walked into my school. I was in Art Room 1, and he shot up Art Room 2, before he made his way to Art Room 1.
Lost a lot of friends… eight students were killed, two teachers were killed, and it’s just really been negative man. Santa Fe’s had a bad wrap since 2018.”
That’s when Katy Perry couldn’t hold back any longer, and said in tears:
“Our country has f*cking failed us. This is not okay. You should be singing here because you love music, not because you had to go through that f*cking bullsh*t.
You didn’t have to lose eight friends. I hope that you remind people that we have to change. Because you know I’m scared too.”
The three judges, with tears in their eyes, proceeded to all give Louis a yes, and he’s now going to Hollywood.
You can check out the full audition here: