Ashley Hess Gets Unexpected Reaction From American Idol Judges
FaithTap Staff 3/25/2019
It's never too late to pursue your dreams. Many entrepreneurs, artists, and writers started their career when they reached thirty, forty, and even sixty! Talent knows no age, and it's never a waste of time to go after your dream if you're willing to put in the time, effort, and energy.
One woman finally decided to pursue her dream of being a singer after several years of working as a dental hygienist. Undaunted by the fact that she was older than the usual talent hopefuls, she wowed the judges with a soulful serenade.
Ashley Hess is one of the most talked-about contestants in American Idol2019. Although officially recognized as Season 2, it technically marks the singing competition's 17th season. And this time, the judges and the audience are having a hard time choosing favorites since they're all so good!
One of the talents with so much promise this season is 27-year-old Ashley who admitted that she had a late start in music. When she was in high school, she had wanted to be a dental hygienist. But after several years of that job, she realized it wasn't for her and that something else made her happy: music.
Deciding to audition for American Idol wasn't easy for Ashley. She was torn between being practical and pursuing what made her happy. When she went to Utah, Ashley realized that she had a passion and talent for music. She taught herself how to play the guitar and started practicing piano again.
Originally from Fremont, California, Ashley performed Norah Jones' "Don't Know Why." The judges, Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan gathered around her piano, mesmerized and stunned by her voice. As soon as Ashley performed, the judges glanced at each other, surprised. They didn't expect to be so impressed at the first note!
She managed to hit the high notes, and her playing was good, but while the judges were initially surprised, they didn't have such wide smiles on their faces. Then, Luke Bryan interrupted her performance and asked her to stand in front of them again.
Luke even said that Ashley was making him very mad, and Lionel Richie didn't have a smile on his face. The young woman was nervous that something was about to go down. Then, Luke suggested they all bring their chairs to the piano, and the judges asked Ashley to sing again. The 27-year-old former dental hygienist couldn't contain her surprise and joy. She happily played for the judges, who looked like star-struck fans.
The judges only had praises for her, complimenting her vocal control. When Ashley said that she never once thought she could make a career out of singing before, Katy Perry assured her that she had the potential to win the competition. Lionel thought she was delusional to think that she didn't have a chance in making it big as a singer. And then they gave her a ticket to Hollywood.
It only goes to show that, with determination, effort, and practice, you can pursue whatever you dream.