Tyson Venegas American Idol Full Performance & Judges Comments
Filipinos have always been known for their musical talent. From singing in karaoke bars to performing on international stages, the world has recognized and appreciated the exceptional voice of Filipinos. One of the most recent additions to this list of talented singers is Tyson Venegas, a 17-year-old Filipino-Canadian who has been making waves in the American singing competition American Idol.
Tyson’s journey in music started at the tender age of three. His passion for music was inspired by his mother, who used to sing lullabies to him. Tyson began to sing back in a jazzy way and learned to play the piano and guitar. He would sing at family gatherings, weddings, and parties, which helped him hone his skills in front of a live audience.
At seven, Tyson won the Canadian talent competition PNE Star Showdown, becoming the youngest winner in the show’s history. This achievement marked the beginning of his journey as a singer, and he has continued to pursue his passion for music ever since.
In 2020, Tyson auditioned for The Voice Teens Philippines, where he impressed the judges with his soulful rendition of Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come.” He also performed “New York State of Mind” while blindfolded, inspired by blind singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder. Despite his impressive performance, Tyson did not make it to the show’s finals.
Tyson’s talent did not go unnoticed, and he was given another opportunity to showcase his skills on the international stage. This time, he auditioned for American Idol and earned the first-ever platinum ticket in the show’s current season. Tyson’s performance of Billy Joel’s “New York State of Mind” while playing the piano left the judges speechless, and they were all in awe of his exceptional talent.
The judges’ reactions to Tyson Venegas’ performance on American Idol were nothing short of glowing. Playing a white grand piano, he delivered a soulful and powerful rendition of Billy Joel’s “New York State of Mind” that earned him a rare Platinum Ticket and garnered accolades from judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, and Luke Bryan.
Bryan expressed his amazement at Venegas’ talent, saying, “You are exactly what we look for, what we pray for.” Meanwhile, Perry praised the teen for the notes he hit and the emotions he brought to the song, saying she felt “so connected” and “alive” while listening to his performance.
However, it was Richie’s reaction that stood out the most. As a legendary musician, he was visibly impressed with Venegas’ skill and professionalism. He even joked that there was no way the teen could be only 17 years old, given his level of talent.
“We flipped the switch now,” Richie told Venegas’ mother after the performance. “I inspired him back then; he just inspired us today. Let me tell you that performance was spot on.”
For Venegas, performing in front of the judges was particularly special because he has always been a huge fan of Richie’s. His mother, Iris, shared that Tyson was inspired by Lionel, and that’s where he learned how to sing from his heart and tell stories.
Apart from being an excellent singer, Tyson is also a composer. He has two original songs, “What If” and “Never Give Up,” available on Spotify. Tyson plans to continue making original music and dreams of making a song that will land him a Grammy award.
Tyson’s talent has inspired many young aspiring singers, not just in the Philippines but also around the world. He is a testament to the fact that with hard work and dedication, dreams do come true. Tyson’s story perfectly shows how talent, passion, and hard work can take someone to the top.
Filipinos have always been proud of their musical heritage, and Tyson’s success is a shining example. His exceptional talent and hard work have earned him international recognition, and he has inspired many young singers worldwide. Tyson’s journey is far from over, and we can’t wait to see where his talent will take him next.
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