Is Madison VanDenburg the Next Kelly Clarkson? Watch Her ‘American Idol’ Audition
This stellar American Idol audition can be summed up in one word: goosebumps.
Earlier this week, the popular singing competition aired an all-new round of auditions. And while we could easily go on and on about Laine Hardy’s surprise return, we can’t stop thinking about Madison VanDenburg, who’s being dubbed the next Kelly Clarkson.
In the clip, VanDenburg introduces herself to the panel of judges: Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan. After confirming she is, in fact, 16 years old, the student takes a seat at the piano and begins playing “Speechless” by Dan + Shay.
Perry immediately perks up when VanDenburg starts singing. Things only get better as she makes her way through the first verse, causing the judges to exchange surprised glances. When she dives into the chorus, Perry turns to Richie and shows him the goosebumps on her arms.
After receiving a standing ovation, Richie says, “Do you know what you just did? You rendered us speechless to the point where Katy is showing me goosebumps on her arm.”
“It’s my first goosebumps!” Perry explains before comparing her to an Idol favorite. “I think you’re as good as Kelly Clarkson. You could be the next Kelly Clarkson.”
Of course, VanDenburg receives a ticket to Hollywood and (probably) a spot in the top ten. American Idol returns on Wednesday, March 13, at 8 p.m.