Former ‘America’s Got Talent’ Contestant Mara Justine Gets Ticket To Hollywood On ‘American Idol’
Season 16 of American Idol premiered on Sunday with their newest judges Katy Perry, Keith Urban and Lionel Richie, as well as the show’s alumni host Ryan Seacrest. The premiere showcased many potential, and not-so-potential, singers, one of the most notable being 15-year-old Mara Justine.
Any singing competition fan could recognize Justine as one of the finalist on season 9 of America’s Got Talent back in 2014. She was eliminated after getting into the Top 12.
The New Jersey native is even more prepared for this competition and is ready to be the next American Idol. She was one of the first people to audition on the show’s premiere. The judges quickly took a liking towards her, and even noted her young age. Perry noted that the contestant was even younger than the show itself.
— American Idol (@AmericanIdol) March 13, 2018
Though she is young, Justine’s matured voice managed to impress all three judges with her rendition of Rihanna’s ballad “Love on the Brain.” After her performance, the judges gave her a standing ovation, bringing her to tears. Perry stated that they “don’t need to critique, [they] just need to vote.” Then prompting all three of them to give Justine her ticket to Hollywood.
After the show aired, Justine tweeted that “this is truly a blessing in [her] life.”
IM GOING TO HOLLYWOOD!!!! WOOOHOOOO!!! THANK YOU FOR MAKING MY DREAMS COME TRUE @AmericanIdol 😭😭🙏🏻💜 This is truly a Blessing in my life. I am crying. Thank you so much!
— Mara Justine (@MaraJustine1) March 13, 2018
Justine has proven herself as a person to watch as this competition unfolds. Seacrest even tweeted that according to Perry, she is predicted to make it to the Top 10.
.@marajustine1 waited her whole life to audition for #americanidol and all she got was a standing ovation from the judges, an automatic gold ticket to Hollywood, and a top 10 prediction from @katyperry
— Ryan Seacrest (@RyanSeacrest) March 13, 2018
The next episode of American Idol air on March 18 at 8 pm on ABC.