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Platinum Ticket Winner! Cam Amen Sings "Hallelujah" - He's Doing It For Himself - American Idol 2023
- Published on Mar 25, 2023 veröffentlicht
- 💎PLATINUM TICKET WINNER💎 Cam Amen looks younger than his age, but this 27 year-old has been through a LOT. He spent his childhood in and out of foster care, then at age 18 he took in his brother and sister and put them through high school all on his own. Humble and emotional in front of the judges, Cam is finally doing something for himself: chasing his dream on American Idol!
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American Idol 2023
Helping to determine who America will ultimately vote for to become the next singing sensation are music industry forces and superstar judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie. Emmy® Award-winning host and producer Ryan Seacrest continues as host of the beloved series, for the historic 21st season.
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cam's cover of this is instant chills ❤
Wait did Clip-Share comment about Clip-Share on Clip-Share. This is tip level Tom interaction😩😩😩I miss MYSpace😔
If the dude got Clip-Share commenting on Clip-Share…I mean…
@Andrea B then you know enough how great he is
I had the privilege of hearing Cam sing this song at a restaurant in the Villages in Florida about 2 years ago for a Veterans Day weekend BBQ. He’s so soulful and an amazing spirit! Tears of joy is an understatement. Congratulations Cam!❤
I felt this deep in my core about 30 seconds into him singing. He’s got it! ❤ 🥺
@SH me too 😢
This is not only a singing contest, I think this is healing.
Absolutely. Something very special happened in that moment.
Boy I'm finding it hard to read these comments. I felt compelled to listen 2 Cam's rendition of 'Hallelujah.again!!!! I think its the best I've EVER heard!!!! I was SO impacted how u could hear his whole soul, ache, BUT never out sung. Luke refered 2 how uniquely beautiful his style was. I thot the same. His choices were just so tasteful & his runs, so beautiful & not over done & u could hear his whole story just by how he sang. BUT I am DEEPLY disappointed that the Judges didn't put him in2 the top 24!!! His duet partner, they referred 2 as leader?! I thot WTH?! Jay wz NO leader, a leader does NOT just quit the show & not tell his duet partner & then come bk in the morning b/c he had a change of heart. I think the Judges REALLY messed up big time with Cam in particular!!!! 😪💔 I hope ACTUALLY another Artist or Producer hears Cam's audition & picks up Cam as an Artist, invests him, instead of having 2 wait on Idol. It's their loss & sadly 4 now, ours & especially Cam's!!!
@Tammy BoonI don't watch American Idol, but this came across my feed... that guy is phenomenal! When I read your comment and you said they let him go, I yelled out WHAT? ARE THEY CRAZY?! That is ridiculous!! That's actually why I quit watching years ago, because they'd send some fantastic people home and keep mediocre ones, and it made no sense except that it was a setup! Hopefully Cam will be seen and heard by the right person!
U know, I didn't watch Idol when it 1st came back. I watched The Voice. I STILL recall the 1st S, I was shocked how different the shows were. Coaching compared 2 judging. Tbh at times, I thot Christina Aguilera could be cold 2 certain artists. HOWEVER, I'll NEVER 4get during the 2nd season, suddenly she ALSO was the 1st Coach, who talked about Blake Shelton's heart & how he treated each one of his team members on the show & he further developed a reputation for how he treated his team members after the show. I only started re-watching Idol a few yrs ago & I had seen changes, where they DIDN'T exploit, individuals who obviously had no talent & almost treated laughing at them as entertainment!!! During the beginning yrs of Idol, I rarely CHOSE 2 watch the audition round. This season, sadly I ABSOLUTELY think they have EXPLOITED some of the contestants' & pain & history. If I HADN'T work in a certain field 4 many yrs, maybe I wouldn't feel as I strongly as I do!!! BUT they deserved better. I sometimes which on The Voice the contestants had more weeks to sing. BUT I learned only last year, that they do audition just not to the coaches, & it's not on TV. They audition to be on The Blinds. Suddenly that gave me a different perspective. Though I still wish they had more rounds to sing, I was glad that they don't seem to try & exploit contestants & that I do respect.
Cant stop the tears, this gentle being is just amazing, so happy that he was awarded with the Plantinum Ticket because he sure deserves it ! Looking forward to watching your career grow Cam !! you truly are a wonderful story teller with a voice of an angel. Cheering you on from Australia!!
Where did he go 😭
Guys, you are not going to believe that I stand up, clap, and cry. Not only for his magic voice but also the fact that at 18 years he decided to take his siblings out of foster care to play the Mommy and Daddy role. This Dude deserves to get something extraordinary on his journey.
Absolutely our father in heaven has him I love this young man M,ay God bless him
Aside from Cam's beautiful rendition of this song, I appreciated even more how Lionel recognized the need for a *hug* and immediately stood up to walk over and give one. The consistent acknowledgement of humanity is a big part of what makes this group of judges so special. ❤️
Wasn't that just beautiful - these three judges have such heart, insight and compassion.
Absolutely agree! Lionel has always been my idol! ❤️❤️❤️❤️
I agree ❤ Such a great group of judges 😊
Chills from the beginning through the end of the song!
I know. I think Simon Cowell can learn from them.
That came from his entire soul. So authentic and just blew me away, I felt that. God Bless you and thank you for letting the world hear that
He sings with spirit. Very natural, not forced.
Oh my goodness, I am crying listening to this boy's voice. I could felt every word that he's singing out. What an anointed voice this boy has!
I could hear the pain through his voice. What a singer and storyteller. Amazing. Bravo.
I've watched a lot of Hallelujah covers. This by far is the best one. Gut-wrenching. Beautiful voice, beautiful soul. This young man is destined for greatness.
I spoke with Cameron while he was going through all he was with his siblings. I'm looking back at our facebook chats during that time and so happy for him. He was constantly working so hard to help raise them. He's the REAL DEAL. He would speak so amazing about his sister to build up her confidence. He had broken down cars, and struggled so much, but kept working so hard to be a singer. He's an amazing person and really really deserves all that the greatness he can get. He seriously was a parent to his siblings when he was still so young. Go Cameron.
Wow, thank you for sharing this insight also. He's lucky to have you as such a beautiful friend too
@Skye Baloo not really friends, but just wanted people to know he really is a great person. It was amazing to watch from a distance through Facebook to see how he was raising his siblings. So happy for him and I hope this journey brings him some type of great life path no matter what it turns out to be.
That's so amazing for you to be able to truly witness his journey.
@Stephanie Thirtyacre I find it so refreshing that you spoke on his behalf and you didn't to clout chase by saying yeah we're really good friends you kept it real bye being honest saying you're not friends but you have spoken and chatted with him throughout his journey with his siblings how awesome of you hopefully you'll reach back out to him encourage him and remind him of those who were there for him when he wasn't instafamous
This was the best rendition I’ve ever heard. I’m not even Christian but felt it in my soul.
Neither was Leonard Cohen. It's not a Christian song.
He sings so easy, with so much of everything, I can't explain it, he's amazing ❤
He sang TF out of that song. That young man needed them hugs. I loved it
One of the finest renditions of Hallelujah. What an incredible voice. What soul
I needed this release... When you've done all you can do and you're able to stand with Hallelujah on your tongue. I am free.. For everything that went wrong in everyone's life I proclaim VICTORY in Jesus name
I'm 63 and have heard this song performed dozens of times. However, this is the first time I'm really hearing and feeling the lyrics. His soul has astonishing vocal skills.
I would recommend Tori Kelly's version of the song
@Ibee Tellingya I agree.
Grandpa still commenting on youtube. #respect
Check out Justin Timberlakes version...another great rendition
I totally agree
I can’t stop watching! His emotions are pure and his voice sounds heavenly!!! Keep it going brotha! ❤
Canta muito 👏🏽👏🏽
when you tell a story through singing, u deliver the message,u deliver the pain,u deliver the emotion,this performance was impeccable❤❤😢😢😢
Watching this from India and my whole family is crying. Well done, Cam. You are already a winner
I’ve heard this song sang by at least 200 different people in my life… HE STILL MANAGED TO MAKE IT HIS OWN… unreal! GOOD KID… something about his voice that is for sure unique, but also has that silk to his voice, with a good amount of pure soul, singing from his gut… they were parts that actually reminded me of David Ruffin Lead singer from the Temptations, very impressed! ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Every note he sang was so believable. The suffering, pain, and anguish. Had me in tears. Well deserved platinum ticket!
This seriously moved me
dont forget the HEART!!!
As I listened to him sing, I kept thinking that I feel his emotion behind the lyrics. Didn't realize I was crying until I felt the tears. Amazing audition
My. God. Before the first line was out of his mouth, I knew he was going to be exceptional. I had to watch this a few times because I just couldn't get enough of his voice.
His voice is so very perfect ,he's just so very talented ,where are you from?
I watched it multiple times myself. he did that frfr. amazing
@Sarah Jooo You can say that again and again ,so what's your name and where are you from?
@Mark Smith Georgia
One of the finest renditions of Hallelujah, it's so healing....
Awesome rendition of the song! Excellent singer!
You can’t replicate the pain in a singer/songwriter’s voice. This man tells a story with his sound.
Amen bro! Agree that! It really touched my heart!
Yessssssssss !!!!!! Not everyone can move you with their voice.
Cam you will be a household name. I've still got goosebumps. I can not wait to see you sing again. Just breathe taking.
I just wanna say that when people use their pain as motivation instead of as excuses they truly do amazing things. Wish him nothing but luck!
Cam, I felt your heart and all that you've gone through while singing. You sounded like an angel and really touched by soul. This brought me to tears. God bless you!
He needed you all, judges and all three of you recognized it. Thanks for holding him in your arms at that moment!💕💕
A special anointing on this youngs man's voice. Singing from his entire being spirit and soul. Wow! So beautifully done. Gave me chills and tears.
Out of all the times I have heard this and every version, it’s the first time I have heard it as a prayer. His voice cried to the Lord. What a beautiful thing.
Gods words touched me through this young ma. Let him sing for God.
Yes indeed amazing and so beautiful and one of my all time fav versions is k.d. lang's 2010 Olympics opening Ceremony in Candada....but damn this one has rocketed right up there as a fav now.
🙏 😢 song of songs, just beautiful!❤
Amen to Amen.
Yes yes yes
Damn son!!! I got instant chills. His vibratos, runs, lower notes, higher notes, natural & voluntary cracks, his way of singing as if he was naturally telling us story, we felt the passion and the emotions, everything was brilliant and soulful!!!!! He deserved that platinum ticket plus he seems to be a very nice person to be around. Wishing you all the best brother!!!!
😭😭😭😭😭 Can't stop crying tears of joy for this young man.. and the song he chose is the highest praise to our Lord and Savior....Hallelujah!!
This left me wanting to cry🥺, not only because of his story but you can hear at the beginning he starts off sounding kind of shy and nervous when he sings, but as he starts to really get into it there's so much confidence and power within his voice, it's almost like you can feel all his struggles, all his ups and downs sadness ,anger, beauty, pain all in one simple song...absolutely amazing🤌❤
You guys keep finding ways to get me crying.....my gosh what a voice. Please America do not let this kid be anything other than a star. He deserves everything and more 🙇🏿
That boy was singing with all his heart❤️❤️❤️
27 years old is far from a boy.
@Boris Sibor a 27 year old can be called boy/girl wth
It's ONLY offensive when Yte person calls. Black male boy.. For OBVIOUS REASONS..
CALLING A MAN BOY IN THE BLACK RACE ISN'T DISRESPECTFUL.
@CALIFORNIA GODDESS The poster is white but he obviously didn't call him "boy" in a racist way. I doubt he thought anything about it when he posted it. People have to stop being so sensitive and just relax a bit😅
I'm coming back to this video over a thousand times. Nothing but respect and love for this purest soul.
Cam, the world needs your music, you are so talented ! No matter what happens, you got everything you need to make this world a better place🙏 I wish to have the opportunity to hear your music really soon
When the world is not fair God provides the gift of music. Cam got the whole package and has proven he is already a family idol.
The pain he endured comes out graciously while he is singing. Best of luck Cam from CANADA 🇨🇦
I cried during his performance…his voice…his backstory…the emotion he shows when he sings is why I really want him to win. He’s so amazing.
I lost my mom to suicide at 18 and got guardianship of my lil brothers. I could feel those tears in my BONES. I wish you the world, man! You're going far. Don't let ANYTHING hold you back!
That couldn't have been easy. You deserve admiration for stepping up and being strong. Hope you all turned out okay after such a tough experience.
Sending hugs and prayers to you dear. Continue being strong. I'm proud of you! 🙏🏼❤️
I'm so sorry for your loss, I hope you and your siblings are doing well now. Much love
Bless you and your remarkable strength, for experiencing that kind of loss, and stepping up to raise your brothers.
Sorry to hear!
Man this is one damn good season this year! So many talented singers. They're all winners in my book.
As soon as that first note passed through his lips, tears came to my eyes. God bless him! ❤
As someone who’s been through foster care from 2-18 and having a similar story with my brother still living with me at 24 and I’m 25 and trying my best to care for him. I love his energy so much and he’s so talented. Wow
What a legend. Stepping up, and being the big brother his siblings needed during the worst period in their lives. He put aside his own life to make sure they had a real family. He deserves the best.
SANG THAT SONG BABY!! Y'all have no idea how much he needed that hug. When one grows up in foster care, that hugging, loving and all that is not a regular thing. Love that moment.
Katy, Lionel and Luke are life savers. This young man raised his siblings so young and God paid him back platinum style. I am sure his brother and sister will be cheering him on.
Well said! So worthy‼️Its "HIS" time. Hallelujah!! ❤🙏🎶
THE JUDGES R AWESOME BUT ITS FATHER GOD WHO CAMS LIFESAVER
@Sharon Cameron Collins that's deserves a shout🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾hhheeyy nah!!! Take yo time sista🎯
He is such a genuine soul. I've always loved this song, but he gave me an all new appreciation for it. He deserves this.
Wow! Goosebumps all over me, what a beautiful voice
I have heard this song so many times I almost rolled my eyes when I saw his song choice because it gas been played so much....but when Cam sang this, it was as if I heard it for the first time. I don't think I ever understood the song more than when I heard it coming through his voice!!! AMAZING!!
Wow his voice is so soulful you could just feel the whole song right away. Congrats to him getting the platinum ticket.❤
So much pain he’s gone through and I’m thankful he’s blessed with a beautiful voice. Hope he goes places after this!!!
Unbelievable how he made that song his own, most unique version I've ever heard, absolutely amazing! Mind-blowing!! 👍👍👍👍👍
This is what they call singing with all ur heart and spirit. I felt every single word like I had never heard this song before
That hug from Katy was from so many mothers who watched you sing. Bless you.
Season is stacked and he is an absolute stud. What a beautiful performance.
Oh God. I felt all the emotions from his voice. He’s underrated. He’s brilliant.
8:25 "This is the first time i ever went for something for myself"
True words from a Big Brother who stepped up to take care and raise his siblings. Cant imagine the hardships he went thru for that kind of responsibility but he did it and now its his time, God sees what he has done so he's returning it back to him now❤️🙏
This is a real example of a child who has managed to rise from the downturn of his family situation and become a winner, and tries to change his future destiny in a good direction!!!
How can you NOT love this kid? Words cannot describe just how amazing he is
Every year it seems like the talent on this show gets better, deeper, stronger. That young man has an amazing story, what he did to raise up his siblings. And then to break into that song and put his own message into the song, he reinvented it into his own personal experience and made his prayer. Really amazing, the song was made fresh and new. You could tell from the first note he felt it deeply. And the. For the judges to love on him like they did. But the topper was to see how much his girlfriend understood what a special soul he is and to express her love and support, how could not be moved by the whole thing. I wish him the best and I hope he has a big career, starting with a run on American Idol, but he could be recording and releasing songs right now.
From his first words I started to 😭
My heart thumped so strongly throughout this audition!
Much love young man❤️❤️❤️
He richly deserved this platinum ticket...his performance of this song was original, unembellished n very moving👏🏾💙🖤
I have to say that these three judges really are the nicest judges of any singing contests I have ever watched 👍🏻 Oh and Cam you have already made it man!
You can say that again and again ,God has already bless him with so much great talent ,where are you from?
When Lionel said, “welcome home, welcome home.” That meant more to Cam than Lionel realizes. ❤️
What a heartfelt emotional moment!
DittO!! That was the best! They are all so supportive & loving ♥️♥️♥️
Indeed. Lionel reminds me of the story of the prodigal son. Very touching that the Father killed the fattened calf and threw a party for his son who squandered all his inheritance. The idea of the Bible story was that his son was lost, and now he's found and welcomed him home. Luke 15.
That hit my soul
I remember watching this jewel and when he started singing Hallelujah… I instantly started tearing up with chills all over my body. He is the type of artist we all need. Someone who is so humble and a pure soul. I’ll be rooting for you Cameron! Win this season 21!
Beautiful voice!!! Beautiful soul!!! God bless you Cam!!! ❤
Breaks my heart with the beauty of his voice. He shares his very soul.
You can say that again and again ,where are you from?
Just when I think I've heard the best rendition, another comes along! Great job!
WOW!!!! Just when I thought I was tired of hearing contestants always sing this song…. Absolutely amazing rendition, I didn’t want it to end!!
Who else watched this multiple times !? I cried every single time! Cam you are going to go so far in this life!
And every life thereafter ❤
Me ! Still watching!!
Me too! Still watching!
Meeee! Still crying
What a testimony...left me teary-eyed. He felt that.
Being through the foster system myself as a child, I know how bad it is. But for him to go beyond the point with such strength, he deserves everything he wants to work for and so much more. May God bless him. ❤
Apart from being in disbelief when he opened his mouth, the break in his voice, when he goes high, is just mind-blowing. The tears have not stopped. Cam, there is no one more deserving than you. Reach for the stars man. WOW
What an amazing cover of one of the greatest songs ever!
God bless you Cam 🙏🏻💙
Im happy he got the platinum ticket he was amazing i felt every word he sang.... It was beautiful to watch
Gota love how big Lionel’s heart is. You can tell he is a legit genuine person
You can just see his appreciation for them when he was walking out. So sweet.
Wow. He sung this so effortlessly and beautiful ❤🎉
His voice is the most unique voice I’ve heard since Michael Woodard…. His voice is soooo precious
I got chills listening to his voice and I am teary-eyed. I fast-forwarded through the video to hear his song. Now, I'll go back and listen to his story.
Congratulations young man on a few things. Being the big brother and supporter of your siblings and for continuing being the person you needed to be for them and yourself. You deserve this chance to go get it. You’ll do well in whatever path you choose in life. Btw that audition was definitely platinum.
This baby boy needs to win. He is everything. I can't stop crying. This soul is everything.❤❤❤❤
I cried too.😢😢
Even if he doesn't win AI, he definitely will be doing this forever. Spectacular performance. Looking forward to seeing this man preform while being comfortablely in his zone.
I hope he wins.
What a beautiful performance it touched me emotionally so much
i really love this 3 judges ❤ how pure and caring their hearts
This guy has done what I love to see in real talent. He's authentic with his voice and in his humility and humble personality, there's the confidence that gives him the ability to be bold in how he displays said talent. I'll xefinitely be keeping an eye out for him. Cam Amen. Has a star quality ring to it.
The world needs Cam! Thank you for showing us all your blessing from the Lord!! I sure hope you make top 10!!
I have watched American Idol from its beginning but I have never cried watching an audition until I watched this one of Cam Amen’s. His voice coupled with one of the most beautiful songs of all time just touched every heart string in my body. I didn’t even know I was crying until I felt my tears streaming down my face. I have heard that song so many times since it was written and performed by Leonard Cohen but never in my life have I heard it sung this beautifully with such raw, storytelling emotion. Cam, you’re the real deal and I’m going to be routing you on to go far in this Contest. All you have to do is be yourself and sing like an angel and you can win American Idol. Your story broke my heart and I know both your brother and your sister are so proud of you. Thank you for sharing your gifts with all of America.
One of the most authentic performances I have ever seen on American Idol - brought me to tears. You can’t teach that - felt every word while Cam was singing. Incredible!
Absolutely beautiful and authenticity was spot on.
Some of these younger people have gone through so much in their short life's and it comes out with emotion in their songs 😢❤
What a soul... What a delivery... Well deserved Platinum ticket. He is my winner. God bless you Cam
So glad Cam did his own rendition and lyrics to this song. Just heard the original for 1st time and it's quite sacrilegious. All the best to Cam and his family!
Platinum status...PERIOD!!!🎉🎉🎉 Sing baby and keep on singing because you're the whole package and then some! It's your time!!!❤❤❤
Praise God for such wonderful young man. Love his rendition of Hallelujah 🏼 God bless him and his siblings. 🙏🏼