A drag queen is currently winning the hearts and minds of America on a television competition reality show, and no, it’s not RuPaul’s Drag Race. Ada Vox, a San Antonio based drag performer, is slaying the competition on ABC’s reboot of American Idol. Last night her slayage was especially fierce, when she delivered a haunting rendition of Radiohead’s “Creep.”
Vox, also known as Adam Sanders, was a previous contestant on American Idol back in Season 12, making it to the top 50 before getting cut. She talked about struggling with suicidal thoughts after being bullied on social media.
Ada Vox spoke about building himself up as a stronger person. “I auditioned for American Idol back in Season 12 but I wasn’t ready,” Vox said in their confessional. “I started getting messages on social media telling me that I shouldn’t be who I am. But through all of the negativity, I have built myself up in ways I could not have imagined.”
During last night’s Showcase Round, the survivors performed in front of a live crowd in a nightclub in downtown Los Angeles. Vox opted for Radiohead’s classic power ballad “Creep” and brought the audience to their feet in standing ovation with her sickening performance.
Following the performances, judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan sit down with each contestant for the Final Judgment and reveal which finalists made it through to the Top 24.
During the final judgment, Ada Vox chose to meet the judges out of drag. “I think it’s time for the judges to see what’s under all the makeup, what’s under all the hair,” she said.
Lionel Richie said “it took a lot of guts to do this journey the way you’re doing it.” Katy Perry called Vox “so beautiful inside and out.” Luke Bryan went further, telling Vox she had “one of the biggest voices on planet Earth.”
“All I’m hoping is that being Ada on American Idol will show the world that someone like me can truly be an idol for America,” she said.
This isn’t the first time we have seen drag take over a mainstream singing competition reality series. New York’s Chris Weaver was eliminated during playoff rounds on last year’s season of The Voice. But the Jennifer Hudson picked performer returned to the finale and brought his drag persona Nedra Belle to the stage in a fantastic performance of “Bang Bang” alongside three other live-singing queens.