Friday, 21 January 2011

Jennifer Lopez breaks down in tears on American Idol over single mother's emotional performance



Tearful: Jennifer Lopez became emotional on American Idol last night as she watched a performance by Paris Tassin, whose daughter suffers from hearing loss

Jennifer Lopez was brought to tears in last night's American Idol as she listened to a heart-rending performance by a single mother.

The judge couldn't contain her emotions as 23-year-old Paris Tassin performed a rendition of Carrie Underwood’s Temporary Home.

Medical assistant Paris, from New Orleans, became pregnant at 18 with her daughter Keira, who suffers from hearing loss.

'I really felt it': J.LO was moved by her performance of Carrie Underwood's Temporary Home

'She's the best thing that's ever happened to me in my life, and I'm singing this for her,' Paris said.

Afterwards, a choked Lopez told her: 'When you sang, I felt it. I really felt it. It brought tears to my eyes.'

Judges Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson were also impressed, with all three judges giving the contestant the green light to proceed to the Hollywood.

Singing from the heart: Paris seen here putting in a heart-rendering performance in front of the judges

Not a dry eye in the house: She also broke down afterwards as she was given a yes vote from all three judges

A delighted Paris was then seen celebrating with her cute daughter with her yellow slip in hand after exiting the audition room.

Another strong performer of the night was 21-year-old piano teacher Jordan Dorsey, who performed a jazzy version of Somewhere Over The Rainbow.

His spine-tingling performance brought Lopez out in goosebumps. 'I have goose bumps all over my body,' J.LO shuddered midway through his song.

We're through: Paris with daughter Keira, who she became pregnant with aged 18

Sarah Sellers from Richardson, Texas, gave some country flavour with the Bob Dylan hit To Make You Feel My Love.

And her performance - and look - certainly impressed a flirty Tyler who told her afterwards: 'You had me sold the moment you laid your eyes on me.'

'Really beautiful voice,' Jennifer added.

Showing off the abs: Shipbuilder Jovany Barreto is joined by judges Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler as they compared their pecs appeal

Through to Hollywood: Sarah Sellers from Richardson, Texas, gave some country flavour with the Bob Dylan hit To Make You Feel My Love

She was followed by Jovany Barreto, a shipbuilder from Harvey, Louisiana, who performed a Luis Muguel song.

Barreto proved to be a huge J.LO, telling her: 'You’re a goddess in my eyes.'

After his efforts, Jennifer told him: 'You have a very powerful voice. I really feel like you have the talent.'

Thumbs up: Jordan Dorsey, who performed a jazzy version of Somewhere Over The Rainbow

Judges together: Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez, Randy Jackson take their place behind the panel

He then proceeded to strip off his shirt, after promising his shipbuilding mates he would flash his abs, with Randy and Steven joining in the fun.

'We all look the same,' a rotund Randy joked.

After a few more performances that failed to set the judges alight, 15-year-old Jacee Badeaux stepped forward.

Singing from her heart: Jacee Badeaux, aged 15, put in a strong performance of the Otis Redding hit Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay

The teenager performed Otis Redding's Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay.

'You are so sweet and so cute,' Jennifer told him, before Randy added: 'I like this dude.'

Steven concluded: 'Closing my eyes, it was a work of art, a thing of beauty.'

However, while the new judges have received rave reviews from fans online, the tenth season of American Idol debuted to disappointing ratings on Wednesday night.

Figures show 26.1 million people saw the two-hour season premiere of television's most popular programme. That's down 13 percent from the 29.9 million people who saw last year's season opener, according to Nielsen Co.

Nielsen said it was an even steeper ratings drop of 18 percent among the youthful audience the Fox network desires.

Paris Tassin Temporary Home

source: dailymail [endtext]

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