Ada Vox impressed the judges on American Idol so much, they pulled a major move to get her to the top 10 this season. After her performance of “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” from Dreamgirls on Monday night, the judges were convinced to save her right after her performance, rather than at the end of the show.
She clearly made an impression on the judges, and we’ll see if that will help her reach the finale. Here’s everything you need to know about Ada Vox.
She’s a drag queen.
She might be Ada Vox on American Idol, but when the wig and makeup comes off, Ada is Adam Sanders from San Antonio, Texas. At her audition, Vox revealed that she's a waiter by day and a drag queen by night, performing at clubs as Ada Vox.
DRAG QUEEN ON @AmericanIdol !!!!!!
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— Ada Vox (@AdaVox) March 23, 2018
For Sanders, who identifies as male and uses "he" pronouns out of drag, American Idol Drag Queen 2018 is an entertainment persona that he uses for performance, sort of like a character he plays.
— American Idol (@AmericanIdol) April 23, 2018
"Mr. Adam is the base of everything that I am. That’s just who I am and what I do every day of my life," he told People. "Ms. Ada is kinda of the outer exterior, is a personification of the diva in Adam.”
Top 10 #Voxies!!!!!
Please, please, please make sure you app vote next time if you want to keep me in the competition! This was too close for comfort! Haha
I love y'all
— Ada Vox (@AdaVox) April 24, 2018
For American Idol, he decided to perform as Ada on the show after multiple attempts at auditioning out of drag.
“It's not who I live as. I'm just a drag queen. I do this on stage for entertainment purposes. This is simply an alter performance ego, but it's not who Adam is,”
Disney Night American Idol 2018 Top 10 . This is Full Performance during the AI Season 16 Episode 15 (S16E15)
American Idol Drag Queen 2018 did not let that deter him from his dream and when he heard the show was coming back to ABC, he decided to audition again as his alter ego Ada Vox. He said: 'I was an OK singer then – I was. But I’m a hundred times better now than I ever was then. I’m vocally better, I’m a better performer, I’m a better entertainer, I’m more prepared as an adult now to take on the challenges that come with a competition like this.'
On the March 25 episode of American Idol, American Idol Drag Queen 2018 wowed the judges with her rendition of House of the Rising Sun, and Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan didn't hesitate before giving her a golden ticket to Hollywood.
After her performance she said: 'I’m not here to play with anybody — I’m here to chase my dreams and make them come true.'
Ada has since advanced from the top 14 to the top 10, meaning she stands a chance of making it to the finale and winning the whole competition.
But who is Adam Sanders aka Ada Vox?
Adam was born in San Antonio, Texas, and works at a seafood restaurant by day and drag queen by night. The 24-year-old is a University of Texas graduate and lists his influences as Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Aretha Franklin, Patti Labelle and more.
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After he appeared on Season 12 of American Idol, he started getting death threats on social media. He revealed on this year's show right before his audition: 'People attacked my weight, my sexuality, telling me that I was horrible, that I sucked, that I don’t deserve to be here, that I shouldn’t be who I am. And I let it get to me in a wrong way. It killed me inside. It killed me inside almost as much as people were telling me that I should kill myself…I was contemplating lots of things that I shouldn’t have.'
American Idol Drag Queen 2018 spoke to MySanAntonio.com about how he got the idea of performing in drag after participating in a San Antonio Gay Pride Event: 'The drag queens sparked my interest. None of them were actually singing, they were all lip-synching.'
In an interview with local news station KSAT 12, American Idol Drag Queen 2018 spoke about making the transformation to Ada Vox: 'Since then I've gone through an evolution. I'm now a part-time woman. And I've grown so much as an entertainer, as a performer, as a singer because of the show and the experiences it's allowed me.'
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Speaking with the San Antonio Current as Adam Sanders, the now-famous drag queen revealed he had to have brain surgery after developing a cyst at just eight years old, and that is when his love of music started.
He told the outlet: 'When I was in the hospital, my mom would sing to me. And when she would sing to me, I had this sense of healing and a sense of happiness.
'That was the only time I would have relief from the pain that I was dealing with at the time. It was all around the same time American Idol first aired as well. So it all worked out that Idol became a part of my dream.'
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