Monday night, even though this fierce queen wasn’t voted through to the next round by American Idol viewers (San Antonio, click here to learn how to vote for your girl), Ada Vox was given a chance to redeem herself and sang a powerful rendition of Jennifer Holliday’s “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going.”
“I don’t know everything,” Perry told a tearful Ada as the crowd chanted the queen's name. “But I think we do know talent when we see it.”
Without waiting for host Ryan Seacrest’s directions, the three judges simultaneously pointed to the side of the stage where the Top 10 were seated and said she belonged there.
“When the Ada moment came, it wasn’t just one person’s idea,” Perry, 33, told People Magazine after the show. “We all looked at each other and we saw the math … excuse us, we’re going to step in now. Were we allowed to do that? We found out we were.”
“I'm not sure that the majority of America is ready for someone like me to be on that platform of saying that I am the next American Idol,” said Ada Vox in a recent interview with The Advocate. “But what I do know is that there is a big part of America that is ready to accept me into their hearts. It's the people that love what I do that are the reason that I do what I love.”
America may not be ready for a drag queen to be the next American Idol, despite the gigantic strides our LGBTQ community has been making concerning our own queer visibility in this country. But, the fact that show's first drag queen contestant has made it into the top ten is already a history-making achievement, and America will be forced to recognize that whether it wants to or not (insert pink nail emoji).
Watch American Idol this Sunday, April 29 at 7pm on ABC and find out of Ada Vox makes it into the next round.