After bringing his girlfriend in the audition room and singing the song he had written for her, a Broken Arrow resident won the golden ticket to Hollywood thanks to a unanimous vote from “American Idol’s” three judges.
Tanner Charles, 21, performed his original song “Golden Eyes,” which he wrote for his girlfriend Delaney Blaylock because her eyes are “super golden.”
All three judges, Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan, were moved by Charles’ talent. Perry was especially taken by the couple’s “young love,” saying “they’re meant for each other.”
Tanner Charles wows American Idol judges
When it came time vote, Perry gave her approval before saying, “Welcome to your purpose.”
“There’s a lot of singers that come to this show but you are an artist,” Perry said. “We can help support you with some confidence, because I think you’re getting a little bit doubtful about when you go higher. But you already got it, you’re there.”
Richie complemented Charles on his ability to do two nerve-wracking things at once, auditioning for the show while also surprising his girlfriend with a song.
“The fact is, the sky’s the limit for you,” Richie said.
“You’re one of the best I’ve personally seen at telling the story, and then you’re able to soar melodically because you have the vocal ability to go there,” Bryan said. “Your instincts are perfect.”
Charles works as a valet and is a graduate of Mingo Valley Christian School and a former student at Tulsa Community College and Oral Roberts University, the Tulsa World reported. The Battle Creek Church worship leader is stepping away from college to see how far he can go on “American Idol.”