Douglas won the VIP affiliate ticket pass from ABC Houston. He’s been bullied all his life for looking different — kids called him “Gorilla” and “King Kong” and it was very painful. Still today, it’s hard for Douglas to love himself, but “music makes you heal and helps you out with who you are.” He picked “Strange Fruit” especially for the Black community, “because we’ve gone through so much pain over the past few centuries. It’s time to bring awareness to it.” Let`s watch his performance tonight on American Idol 2022
Strange Fruit by Billie Holiday – He shows off his affiliate ticket pass. The station surprised him on camera with a “silver ticket.” He’s never left the state or been on an airplane. He needed the nudge to audition. He’s been bullied and has “doubters and haters.” He chose the song “Strange Fruit” about a lynching to honor Black people and all his people have been through.
His rendition is very intense. His eyes are closed through the entire performance. His raw vocals are unique and interesting. But he needs to work on his stage presence. The judges give him a standing ovation. Lionel calls it “superb.” Douglas admits he was too scared to audition for Idol. Katy calls him a “superstar” calling his voice “iconic.” Luke says, “You took us on a journey.” After sending him to Hollywood, the judges give him a big group hug. – 3 yeses