Inspiring! Calvin Upshaw Bares His Soul For The Judges - American Idol 2021

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    Calvin Upshaw lays it all on the line, performing his emotionally-charged rendition of “Falling Out” by Calvin Richardson for his American Idol audition. Calvin has overcome many obstacles throughout his life and hopes the challenges he has faced will inspire others like him. Lionel Richie commends Calvin on his bravery, strength and vulnerability. Watch here to feel all the feelings that a true, honest and heartfelt performance can bring.
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    American Idol 2021
    Helping to determine who America will ultimately vote for to become the next singing sensation are music industry forces and superstar judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie. Emmy® Award-winning host and producer Ryan Seacrest continues as host of the beloved series, while multimedia personality Bobby Bones serves as the in-house mentor.

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    1. Sly Fox

      All these sob stories are nice and all, but ultimately they should be judged on their voice. Apparently these judges vote out of sympathy instead of judging technique. Next round he is out.

    2. Lavinia Redmond

      He sounds like drunk n high Jodeci

    3. CDXX

      Oh god every word he says I feel it! Plz replay this vid

    4. Nataly Estrada

      I think his voice was all over the place because he was crying, but as soon as he takes control of his emotions and voice, he can do so much more. He definitely needs a chance and good mentorship and coaching - they can give him that opportunity.

    5. Jarod Spurling

      I feel like the sometimes just vote yes if they had a hard life.

    6. So Yá

      hia voice is not everywhere.. he is emotional while singing

    7. Destroy Hate

      I know I'm with you , @Calvin upshaw ! You are amazing and you deserve every bit of this. Greatness

    8. Mynameisquiana

      The judges now a days are so easily impressed🥴 it’s a no for me dawg

    9. Connor Malbeuf

      I’m sorry but this was not good .... beautiful story though.

    10. T Gosselin

      I honestly thought this was supposed to be one of the 'audition fails'. Thats just wrong to do to somebody.

    11. T Gosselin

      What just happened?!?

    12. Gatare Christ Halley

      Something special about him is that he's real.

    13. Kimberly Potter

      Sorry but if he hadn't had this story, or was a different persuasion they would of told him no. He's not even close. I wish him the best but he needs alot of work.

    14. Danielle White-Mangum


    15. Thuperman

      jimmy buckets meet your big face brother

    16. Egypt J


    17. ColeBe94

      Once his voice comes together. It’s going to be even more magical 🙌

    18. Shonta Taylor

      His voice can use some training but I give him a C+ for effort

    19. CoryBoi2.0

      He sings with a lot of passion but that performance was everywhere & a bit messy. I think the story touched the judges more than his singing but is that fair to other contestants who don't have a tragic story?

    20. Smitty Cash

      Happy Thursgiving enjoy the turkey pie

    21. Simien Hill

      What happened to the bad auditions?

    22. Caleb Bateman

      No one stands out this year.

    23. Dominic Jays

      I am sorry to hear about his life but realistically he not ready for American Idol

    24. Kevin Tucker

      His voice is good but he is all over the place. He has got to make his voice smoother not what it is like now or he won’t even make the top ten

    25. Mary Cermack

      What a roller coaster ride of a voice

    26. Daniel Bailey

      Black American males are way too emotional, they're always balling on TV...🙄

    27. Jessica -aka JessaNae

      *You can hear that he has a seriously amazing voice but he needs to learn control!! I couldn't imagine getting in front of them either though bc my nerves would absolutely screw me up!! I have a feeling they're going to teach him a lot and the next time we hear him, we'll all have full body chills!! And with that emotional heart behind that voice too... he's going to be a tough contender!!*

    28. Lokesh Palaiya

      They are recicst

    29. valecia jones

      Praying he will go forward and Be successful! Go Calvin., I feel the next go round he will be 100% Better! He was really heavy for this initial audition 🙏🏽

    30. Troy Mosher

      Weird that they thought this guy was pop. Passionate of course, he was good but, sweaty. lol

    31. Elias Herrera

      This dude has heart, but tries to do too much with his voice, which makes him sound like a fool and out of control. Has A LOT of work to do. I love when people who try too hard think their voices are the best thing since sliced bread and they end up butchering it. Like, just relax and sing. Dont try to make your voice dance every single note. It sounds horrific.

    32. Ignatius Mario G. Rahamitu

      I don't Know. His Voice Just. I Don't know man!! Too Much Notes Going Everywhere!!

    33. C-Chizzle

      His story is the reason he made it, but at least it felt genuine

    34. Mirene Crosby

      This was definitely out of pity because that was A MESS.

    35. I’m_Random _seriously

      Aloe Black and John Legend.

    36. Heather Muñoz

      This is horrible

    37. Candy Pech

      He's got something, definitely, but it was all over the place. Loved his soul tho

    38. Youssef Makrem

      he got the soul !!!!

    39. Charlotte D

      God Bless You!!!

    40. Maria Cedeño

      Can Lionel be my therapist?

    41. xXKINGSOURXx Vids

      I see you bro much love to ya. Curtis

    42. ThefiveGs

      No. Sorry, but this is all over the place vocally. Endearing story by vocals needs a lot of work. They are milking these stories, but that doesn’t make some of these people great singers

    43. Lauren Barone

      Lionel Richie is so real, and such a beautiful soul!!! Thanks God 4 making this amazing human being. 🎶💓🙏🙌

    44. David Sweeney


    45. Sarah Vaughan

      Could Lionel be any lovelier? Obsessed with his kindness. Beautiful soul 🙏🏻💜

    46. S G

      Hes got a great story. Too bad his voice is sub par. Bit American idol doesn't want to make people mad so he gets special treatment.

    47. F dL

      I don't think this guy has a good ear, pitch was all over the place.

    48. Blake Bridevaux

      Why they start playing the piano when they start talking lmao I believe he’s been through some things but it’s a little too showy and I can’t stand when people try to move their hands with their voice and clearly things must sounds a little different when your present vs listening through tv

    49. Emily Scheib

      His singing style reminded me of Prince.

    50. Stewie's

      What the heck was that not good 🤦‍♂️

    51. Rob Cimini

      I guess I didn’t hear what they did. Maybe I should audition. See y’all next season

    52. Peter Lalsangliana

      wait , what ,is he really going through ,,,,, 🙄

    53. Maria Ferrer

      I really loved this!!!

    54. JAY Suave

      So much soul, so much heart. He sweats talent 🔥🔥🔥

    55. Simeon Costa

      Maybe they think with some coaching he can get better but that audition was hard to watch.

    56. Lynette Duncan-Gardiner

      God bless son New beginnings

    57. PAULO Bernardesss

      He has a wonderfull energy

    58. Jeremy Jenkins

      Bunch of fuckin haters on the internet man i swear. Dude was pouring his heart out up there. Yeah he needs some couching and control in his voice. U know how many fuckin ppl cant sing for shit in the music industry without using auto tunes.

    59. Yolanda Logan

      What if American Idol was based solely on contestants voices with no story; I wonder if they would be judged differently.

    60. mauvemarlyse

      What songs is this lmao.

    61. Shelby Tobin

      Listen to his voice with headphones in. It sounds so much better. I guess I’m the only one who liked it.

    62. Langerfield

      That’s Real!

    63. Paul Thompson

      This guy is singing with everything that he is to reach someone. This is what makes music great and you can feel it in the song after. Truly amazing.

    64. Robert Taylor

      This guys sucks wtf.

    65. Keith Dugas

      What is going on with this show ???Now this guy but not ACE this season is a joke !!!!!

    66. NoRace

      Yo are the judges serious

    67. Eckhard Block

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    68. Darien Battice

      He was so close to actually sounding good. So close

    69. Raven Blakely

      Not too thrilled

    70. Samuel Melchizedek Yaw Senyo

      The story is solid but the voice needs work on. I think once a while, the story gets the judges and not really the voice or skill...

    71. Roxy Van

      Wish they would of let him sing another song .......

    72. dassehmc

      You guys are wrong!!! This man voice is great and I bet it projected off well in person. At first I felt it was over the place listening my first time to it but when you really open your damn ears and hear the emotion this man poured in this. It’s amazing. That’s why the judges thanked him for opening up to them in that way. His runs are on another level and the control he has like this man can win American Idol and I bet he’ll be a top contestant.

    73. Maria Whittaker

      This is a minstry!!!!!! NOt a competition! ANd Praise the Lord!!!! God bless these judges!!!!!

    74. Lil Nicky Da Baddest

      I like him I really do but the voice cracks was not it. 😔

    75. Rudy Avalos

      What people don't seem to understand is that he was emotional during this audition. That's why his voice was all over the place. I honestly think that he will surprise everybody in his next performance. Just wait and see.

    76. Angela L Vann

      Never, ever give up young man! #TheLordBlessAndKeepYou ⭐️🇺🇸⭐️🇺🇸⭐️🇺🇸⭐️🇺🇸⭐️🇺🇸⭐️🇺🇸⭐️🇺🇸⭐️🇺🇸⭐️🇺🇸⭐️🇺🇸⭐️🇺🇸⭐️🇺🇸⭐️🇺🇸⭐️🇺🇸⭐️🇺🇸⭐️🇺🇸⭐️🇺🇸⭐️🇺🇸⭐️🇺🇸⭐️🇺🇸⭐️🇺🇸⭐️🇺🇸⭐️🇺🇸⭐️🇺🇸⭐️🇺🇸⭐️

    77. Claire Osborne

      Preach that truth Lionel 🙏🏻❤️ x x

    78. Cat Lady858

      bless his heart this is almost one of those worst of singers on ai ones. he sings in church i bet and tries to sing karaoke . not up to par tbh he won't make it past hollywood week!

    79. Mary P

      I empathize with his story, but it should be about the voice. He needed training.

      1. Jessika Danielle

        That’s literally what this show is for.

    80. I am Abe Shafer


    81. Miss Mo's Vegan Kitchen

      Yes, praise Jesus!! You are so talented and gonna be going places young man. The future is yours..xo

    82. Aleesha Rose

      You can tell he has the voice he just needs some coaching

    83. Robin Hood

      I love the natural feelings he gets when he sings!! He means what he sings!! For sure!! WOW!!!

    84. Zeth Gilay

      He sounds like CJ from gta

    85. Shell Gardner Art

      Yes, Mississippi, "^STAND UP"!!!!, love your courage.....I'm so proud of you❤❤❤❤❤

    86. Siobhan Airey

      He has got a voice but he will definitely need vocal training...

    87. Hun Bee

      Another diaz coming up ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

    88. Matengu Mambwe

      The hell! na ah! he's voice was all over the place! um! what?

    89. Rose

      I wanted to give him a hug ♡ I really hope he goes far in America Idol because I really like him!

    90. Gohan Son

      Came in dry and left out sweating 😂

    91. ZimMedic

      bless his heart...

    92. Kavin Passmore

      Dude so drunk

    93. amoatisk

      I'm sorry but a lot of people suffer in the world, and a lot of people can actually sing, but he's not Singing ...It's a No for me

    94. Karson H

      Lionel always has such powerful words and such a huge heart. Protect Lionel Richie at all costs

    95. Karson H

      It takes so much strength and vulnerability to open up and cry like that. You can feel the pain in his eyes and voice, I wish him nothing but. The best

    96. Constitutional Patriot

      He is all over the place. There is most certainly something there...but not good enough for AI. At least not right now. He will be gone in the first round.

    97. Phillip Lagrone

      Thought this was a singing show🙄

    98. Swampfox1978

      One of the worst I have ever heard. Absolute waste sending him through.

    99. marni matikka

      Exactly Luke! It makes me so happy when you hug them! Ugh it is so frustrating that you can’t.

    100. ricardo-jarko newton

      the singing was awful sorry men