The 28-year-old singer from Peachtree Corners, Georgia, explained on VT that he has autism and that he was “always different as a kid.” “Growing up was lonely, but music was like my best friend.”
“I was a bit shy to sing with people,” he said. “Currently, I sing in my bedroom. Right now, I sing in my basement. Right now, I sing in my bathroom. I’m afraid I’m not good enough… I want to try again,” he adds in the emotional clip.
Finelli then introduced a stunning version of Kacey Musgraves’ “Rainbow,” which received a standing ovation from Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie. “I want you to know right now we are so proud of you,” emphasized Richie. “Sam, you’ve been born enough… Do you understand me? You are enough,” adding that Perry will have to take over because he is so emotional.
The ‘American Idol’ Judges Broke Down Crying While Seeing Sam Finelli’s Powerful Audition After performing the Kacey Musgraves country ballad “Rainbow,”