Marcio Donaldson & Allen Stone – “What’s Going On” by Marvin Gaye

Marcio Donaldson & Allen Stone  "What's Going On"

American Idol continues Sunday with the second group of top 24 contestants.

This is the last time their fate is in the hands of the judges.

Marcio Donaldson will be one of the budding stars taking the stage.

Marcio posted on his facebook page:

" Finally without the tears YOU will hear me/side note after going through all of what I have I can say those tears are tears of relief. NO ONE will ever understand how it is but that's okay! As a black male I am more than grateful to be shown in a Positive light, the operative WORD is positive MY God I sang this song tune in Sun-mon at 8pm I PLAyed NO Games! "

Marcio Donaldson Top 24 Duets

Monday night’s episode will be a round of celebrity duets, Marcio Donaldson & Allen Stone (with electric guitar) sing "What's Going On" by Marvin Gaye for their Top 24 All-Star Duets performance in front of a live audience and Judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie on American Idol 2018.

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Marcio Donaldson Audition

Marcio Donaldson‘s American Idol audition was a real tear-jerker!

The 28-year-old singer brought along his six-month-old son Rashad, who he adopted when he was just a week old after his sister was deemed unable to care for him.

Marcio opened up about his family’s troubled past, including his sister’s drug addiction, and explained how he wants to give Rashad a better life.

 Apparently, Marcio’s social media habits are WEAK SAUCE. He didn’t even have a photo on his twitter. Bobby makes him promise to post two Instagram photos a week. Marcio is dubious.

 His social media aversion is kind of refreshing to be honest. Marcio pulls out some old school soul for a very sexy, classy performance of the Natalie Cole hit. It’s a slightly  different vibe from the singer. Oh. He’s crying again. I mean–sure he’s been through a lot.  But this dude is always crying.

“I knew Natalie,” says Lionel, “Natalie was watching you on that song.” Katy loves Marcio so much, “I’m so proud of you…you’ve come so far. You’re growing with leaps and bounds.” Oh Katy is close to tears too. “Take on the posture of your power,” she says.Marcio’s tears are flowing now.

“You keep surviving this competition,” says Luke, “You just delivered a world class performance.” The judges take the stage to hug him. “This performance meant a lot to me,” says Marcio. 

Marcio Donaldson sings "Inseparable" by Natalie Cole for his Top 24 Solo performance in front of a live audience and Judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie on American Idol 2018.

He auditioned with “Jealous” by Labrinth and teared up as he sang the song to the little boy.

Marcio Donaldson sings a twist on "Natural Woman" by Aretha Franklin for his Hollywood Week Solo Performance on American Idol 2018.

Marcio Donaldson and Allen Stone sing "What's Going On" by Marvin Gaye for their Top 24 All-Star Duets performance in front of a live audience and Judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie on American Idol 2018

Viewers reacted :

Liz Smith This guy is the WHOLE package!!! From day 1 he had me!!! His backstory, his soul, his voice!!!! Amazing guy all around!!!!! Judges said it….world class, survivor! Amazing amazing amazing!!!!!!!!!! NEXT AMERICAN IDOL RIGHT HERE!!!!!!!! LOVE THIS GUY!!!!!!!!!

Mary Bavaro He is the real deal! As the mother of a contestant I had the pleasure of hurry up and waiting alongside his son and family…this baby is not only adorable, but happy and vibrant and so well behaved! A true testament to Mario! Kudos, you are the whole package! Good luck from Effies mom!

Bri Evestar Hollidae

Marcio Donaldson & Allen Stone  "What's Going On"  love love love his voice, You just never know what someone is going through everyday, I used to see a girl at the local gas station not far from where I live, spoke to her Everytime I went in.. She was always talking about her daughter. They took her daughter for some reason I'm told , I stopped seeing her at the gas station, so to find out, they took her baby and she committed suicide in the break room.

She was only 29& She used to smile so much… That's what i remembered about her.. Never knew her name but like I said you never know what people go through. That's why I try to treat everyone with love and respect, because respect is even due to a dog. I pray that golden ticket opens up nothing but success for him and that baby

Liaa Torma Michaels What I love about this season is they are also giving the average person with the “not so perfect voice” and maybe “rough around the edges” a shot. They see beyond the voice and looks and are taking chances on developing raw talent that may never get another shot otherwise. Great judges and really fun to watch!

Gail Wishard

I can totally relate to your story of hpw you became a father to this beautiful baby. CPC called me to take my granddaughter. She was 3 days old. I am now in the final stage of adopting her. Its been a long stressful 2 1/2 years. Between court dates and her parents.

Drugs can really mess someone up. The parents like to brag about their baby and other children. None of which they have. Sad when someone chooses drugs and that lifestyle over their children/ baby. May God bless you and this baby. Keep your priorities straight. He needs you and you need him.

Barbara C Morton

Great job, love your voice and you killed it Marcio Donaldson & Allen Stone  "What's Going On". well I retired from the Courts and only wished we had more amazing, wonderful, compassionate young men such as this young man!! God, please protect this young man and his new baby. Make him strong where his son will be proud. Get him out of Compton. In the name of Jesus, Amen.

Gracie Gonzalez Is not who brings a child to these world is who rise them. N he took the baby even he didn't had to. He helped his sister n step up to rise his nephew now he calling himself daddy…he sure is right. I cried with the hold audition. Wish him the best n many blessing to the baby.

Barbara Schweihs Luke first let me tell you how much your story moved me. Then when you started singing and I saw the love the way you and that little boy looked at each other I was hooked. You have an incredible talent and an incredible heart! God Bless you both and congratulations

Tiffany Thompson Where can we support this young man/father beyond American Idol and in his day-to-day life??? Amen for the strength to stand breaking generational curses! Now we need to support him and let others know they have the power to do the same!

Edward Lee Wiggins I watch American Idol for the music and the music only….BUT I had to take a moment and listen to this man’s story. I cried my eyes out in front of my TV, because this man was able to tell his story to the world, the good and the bad. May God bless him and his family, and as a singer myself, I wish him nothing but ONLY THE BEST. I’m rooting for him. Not just for the music, but for new beginnings and for all the happiness in the world. 

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