Up next on American Idol is Ron Bultongez delivering a cover of “Let It Go” by James Bay. Ron spoke about being turned away from his father at a young age. Ron is here for his son and the life he wants to provide for him. He was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo in Africa and immigrated to the U.S. with his mother and siblings to get away from the civil war there.
He had a turbulent home life once reaching this country, struggling with homelessness at one point. Now based in Plano, Texas, the 21-year-old describes himself as a bluesy singer-songwriter.
Luke Bryan said something about Ron is inspiring. Luke noted his journey and what this country is about. Luke note the front half was better than the back half. Katy Perry said she does not know enough about Ron yet. Katy said sometimes you have to separate the story from what we have to look for in this competition. Lionel Richie said he is thinking is it too soon for Ron.
Ron Bultongez (with guitar) & Banners (with guitar) sing "Someone To You" 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.
Ron Bultongez sings "Home" by Phillip Phillips for his Hollywood Week Solo Performance on American Idol 2018.
Ron Bultongez auditions for American Idol in front of Luke Bryan, Lionel Richie and Katy Perry with his take on James Bay's "Let It Go."
Ron Bultongez American Idol Showcase Round Rehearsal Performance – “All I Want” by Kodaline
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Lemelia Johnson Bonner How did they let him walk away the first time? They didn't even ask if he could sing something else, the way past judges would have. Crazy. Good thing they came to their senses. He could win this thing.
Geri Weldon You can't let people through on a sad story. it's about the talent and he isn't quite there, but they gave him a chance so at least he has that.
Crystal Keith I agree with the judges. He has something, it's not ready yet, when it is his chance won't be blown. I look forward to hearing him when it's ready. He would cut his voice to short. I look forward to hearing him once he worked on that. It will be even better. I hope he develps and works on it and comes back.
Cynthia Hughs I am so glad you called him back. His desperation was evident. Sometimes you can just feel it. He need this. Thank you. You guys are going to be great. GOOD CALL
Zunaira Kerr I love Luke Bryan for fighting for this man! I love Lionel Richie for changing his vote. Even us as viewers were really rooting for him. We were hesitant to watch this show but now we are hooked. So glad this shows back, its way better than the voice!
Molly Kemp Plano TX is behind you, kid!!!
What a wonderful representation of himself, handling the initial turn-away with dignity. He will go far in life no matter what path he creates.
Karen Walton American idol is about raw talent. It isn’t suppose to be about established artists. It’s an audition show, maybe one of many, I liked that he was different and was ready to learn. Good luck.
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