When American Idol judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Ritchie first saw contestant Jorgie and his band walk into the audition room, they looked a little dubious. And when they found out the group performed as “Jorgie and the Jorgies,” they were even more skeptical.
But when Jorgie gushed over Katy Perry, he also credited her with his decision to come out as gay.
“I just recently come out,” Jorgie told Perry. “And you were actually one of my inspirations growing up. Listening to ‘I Kissed A Girl’ and knowing that it could be mainstream—that helped me so much.”
But Jorgie admitted he hadn’t come out to his family yet. Saying he has such a distant relationship with his father, he didn’t even know his son was a singer.
“He doesn’t know anything about me,” the contestant told the judges. “He’s gonna see me and he’s gonna find out about everything.”
While his touching story obviously moved the judges, when Jorgie started to sing his original song, “Heaven,” they were blown away. Instead of a kitschy bubblegum pop style, the flamboyantly dressed singer launched into a song just as emotional and raw. He wrote it about a guy he had a crush on but never came out to.
And it blew the judges away. In fact, he was so good, all three judges took to Twitter as the show aired to encourage him further. And so did viewers….
— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) March 19, 2019
— Luke Bryan (@LukeBryanOnline) March 19, 2019
— Lionel Richie (@LionelRichie) March 19, 2019
Favorite audition tonight so far!
— michaela (@shakin_4_Luke15) March 19, 2019
a legend once said: "acceptance is the key to be truly free"🏳️🌈
— basic (@perrystan_) March 19, 2019