The popular reality show “American Idol” has repeatedly provided us with immense talents and amazing singers. For 16 years, this singing competition shone the spotlight to hopefuls like Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson and Kelly Clarkson. But aside from serving us with jaw-dropping performances, the TV series has also brought us countless of heart-warming stories from it’s contestants.
During the 16th season of American Idol, 28-year-old Marcio Donaldson moved the judges not only by his moving performance of Labrinth’s “Jealous” but also his compelling backstory.
Unlike most contestants who enters the audition room alone, Marcio walked in with his baby son in tow. It turns out that the infant, Rashaad, was biologically his nephew.
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Marcio and his sister grew up in a not-so safe neighborhood to say the least. Because of this, they had to be taken away from their mother and home to be placed in the foster system. Needless to say, foster care wasn’t the best for the siblings.
Marcio went to music to ease all his pain. Being a talented singer himself, he joined the previous season of American idol, but couldn’t get past the group stage in Hollywood. Shortly after he came back home, he found out that his sister got pregnant.
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History n repeated itself when his newborn nephew was about to be taken into the system because his sister, the mother, had some trouble dealing with illegal substances. Not wanting Rashaad to suffer the same consequences he did, he adopted the baby.
“They told me I only had 10 minutes to decide or he goes into the system. So I said, ‘No thank you, I’ll take him.’ I took that responsibility on because I didn’t want him growing up the same way I grew up.“
Although Marcio didn’t make it past through the show’s top 10 finalists, with a pure heart like his, surely, he’ll find his way to success.
Watch the video below:
PSA: Grab every box of tissues before you watch this 😭
Posted by American Idol on Monday, March 19, 2018
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