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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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Comments • 3 802

  • YouTube
    YouTube 2 months ago +2029

    cam's cover of this is instant chills ❤

    • Not_hailey123
      Not_hailey123 2 months ago +8


    • FNAF AR Shorts
      FNAF AR Shorts 2 months ago +68

      Wait did Clip-Share comment about Clip-Share on Clip-Share. This is tip level Tom interaction😩😩😩I miss MYSpace😔

    • QH Main
      QH Main 2 months ago +4


    • Andrea B
      Andrea B 2 months ago +48

      If the dude got Clip-Share commenting on Clip-Share…I mean…

    • Ja Opie
      Ja Opie 2 months ago +12

      @Andrea B then you know enough how great he is

  • Shannon Holifield
    Shannon Holifield Month ago +105

    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!❤

  • Cin Ramirez
    Cin Ramirez 2 months ago +144

    I felt this deep in my core about 30 seconds into him singing. He’s got it! ❤ 🥺

  • Doze of Happyness
    Doze of Happyness 2 months ago +466

    This is not only a singing contest, I think this is healing.

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    • Mike McManus
      Mike McManus 2 months ago +4

      Absolutely. Something very special happened in that moment.

    • Tammy Boon
      Tammy Boon Month ago

      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!!!

    • Stay Cool
      Stay Cool Month ago +1

      ​@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!

    • Tammy Boon
      Tammy Boon Month ago

      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.

  • M H
    M H 2 months ago +116

    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!!


    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.

    • Curtiss Watkins
      Curtiss Watkins Month ago +6

      Absolutely our father in heaven has him I love this young man M,ay God bless him

  • DreaSil
    DreaSil 2 months ago +5004

    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. ❤️

    • ALightInTheForest
      ALightInTheForest 2 months ago +110

      Wasn't that just beautiful - these three judges have such heart, insight and compassion.

    • Tammy from Texas
      Tammy from Texas 2 months ago +67

      Absolutely agree! Lionel has always been my idol! ❤️❤️❤️❤️

    • K Blue
      K Blue 2 months ago +44

      I agree ❤ Such a great group of judges 😊

    • Debra Kelly
      Debra Kelly 2 months ago +36

      Chills from the beginning through the end of the song!

    • Rachel Pianogirl
      Rachel Pianogirl 2 months ago +33

      I know. I think Simon Cowell can learn from them.

  • Sean Bates
    Sean Bates Month ago +36

    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

  • Carmen Rodriguez
    Carmen Rodriguez Month ago +31

    He sings with spirit. Very natural, not forced.

  • Faauluuluga Lal
    Faauluuluga Lal 2 months ago +157

    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!

  • carlabena
    carlabena 2 months ago +35

    I could hear the pain through his voice. What a singer and storyteller. Amazing. Bravo.

  • Don Yutuc
    Don Yutuc 2 months ago +33

    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.

  • Stephanie Thirtyacre
    Stephanie Thirtyacre 2 months ago +1117

    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.

    • Skye Baloo
      Skye Baloo 2 months ago +34

      Wow, thank you for sharing this insight also. He's lucky to have you as such a beautiful friend too

    • Stephanie Thirtyacre
      Stephanie Thirtyacre 2 months ago +47

      @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.

    • Rebecka JG
      Rebecka JG 2 months ago +18

      That's so amazing for you to be able to truly witness his journey.

    • Jeffery Parks
      Jeffery Parks 2 months ago +5


    • Precious 1980
      Precious 1980 2 months ago +11

      ​@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

  • Rokia Touray
    Rokia Touray 2 months ago +24

    This was the best rendition I’ve ever heard. I’m not even Christian but felt it in my soul.

    • Thomas Webb
      Thomas Webb Month ago +2

      Neither was Leonard Cohen. It's not a Christian song.

  • Rona
    Rona Month ago +31

    He sings so easy, with so much of everything, I can't explain it, he's amazing ❤

  • Asia Thompson
    Asia Thompson 2 months ago +41

    He sang TF out of that song. That young man needed them hugs. I loved it

  • Sreela Das Gupta
    Sreela Das Gupta 2 months ago +36

    One of the finest renditions of Hallelujah. What an incredible voice. What soul

  • Brandy Houser
    Brandy Houser 2 months ago +9

    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

  • Ibee Tellingya
    Ibee Tellingya 2 months ago +987

    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.

    • Zero
      Zero 2 months ago +4

      I would recommend Tori Kelly's version of the song

    • Dazed & Confused
      Dazed & Confused 2 months ago +3

      @Ibee Tellingya I agree.

    • Amir Asyraf
      Amir Asyraf 2 months ago +8

      Grandpa still commenting on youtube. #respect

    • Chris Torres
      Chris Torres 2 months ago +3

      Check out Justin Timberlakes version...another great rendition

    • Six String Steve RV Nomad
      Six String Steve RV Nomad 2 months ago +4

      I totally agree

  • Jason Wilson
    Jason Wilson 2 months ago +46

    I can’t stop watching! His emotions are pure and his voice sounds heavenly!!! Keep it going brotha! ❤

  • Daniel santos
    Daniel santos 2 months ago

    Canta muito 👏🏽👏🏽

    FUNTASTIC 2 months ago +81

    when you tell a story through singing, u deliver the message,u deliver the pain,u deliver the emotion,this performance was impeccable❤❤😢😢😢

  • smita deshmukh
    smita deshmukh 2 months ago +17

    Watching this from India and my whole family is crying. Well done, Cam. You are already a winner

  • GIANTsGuy
    GIANTsGuy Month ago +1

    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! ⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • s t e v e n  b e c k
    s t e v e n b e c k 2 months ago +583

    Every note he sang was so believable. The suffering, pain, and anguish. Had me in tears. Well deserved platinum ticket!

  • dcoog anml
    dcoog anml 2 months ago +11

    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

  • Matheus Vieira
    Matheus Vieira 2 months ago

    Arrepiei 🥺🥺🥺❤️‍🔥

  • Michelle Coleman
    Michelle Coleman 2 months ago +59

    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.

    • Mark Smith
      Mark Smith 2 months ago

      His voice is so very perfect ,he's just so very talented ,where are you from?

    • Tays Way
      Tays Way 2 months ago +1

      I watched it multiple times myself. he did that frfr. amazing

    • Sarah Jooo
      Sarah Jooo Month ago +1


    • Mark Smith
      Mark Smith Month ago

      @Sarah Jooo You can say that again and again ,so what's your name and where are you from?

    • Sarah Jooo
      Sarah Jooo Month ago +1

      @Mark Smith Georgia

  • Jessie Douglas
    Jessie Douglas Month ago +7

    One of the finest renditions of Hallelujah, it's so healing....

  • noravilma fernandez
    noravilma fernandez 2 months ago +2

    Awesome rendition of the song! Excellent singer!

  • Nathan Delamora
    Nathan Delamora 2 months ago +632

    You can’t replicate the pain in a singer/songwriter’s voice. This man tells a story with his sound.

  • Jennifer Ellison
    Jennifer Ellison 2 months ago +20

    Cam you will be a household name. I've still got goosebumps. I can not wait to see you sing again. Just breathe taking.

  • insomnsdreme
    insomnsdreme 2 months ago +4

    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!

  • Anthony Osana
    Anthony Osana 2 months ago +22

    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!

  • Margaret Applin
    Margaret Applin 2 months ago +31

    He needed you all, judges and all three of you recognized it. Thanks for holding him in your arms at that moment!💕💕

  • SuperShalom2u
    SuperShalom2u 2 months ago +12

    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.

  • Vickie Frisbie
    Vickie Frisbie 2 months ago +826

    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.

    • Sweetness
      Sweetness 2 months ago +21

      Gods words touched me through this young ma. Let him sing for God.

    • TheGreenVortex
      TheGreenVortex 2 months ago +11

      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.

    • Brenready 2
      Brenready 2 2 months ago +8

      🙏 😢 song of songs, just beautiful!❤

    • gogobobo
      gogobobo 2 months ago +6

      Amen to Amen.

    • Jam Jam
      Jam Jam 2 months ago +4

      Yes yes yes

  • Wassim M
    Wassim M Month ago +8

    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!!!!

  • veretta taylor
    veretta taylor 2 months ago +23

    😭😭😭😭😭 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!!

  • I’m a f***ing princess

    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🤌❤

  • Nelson Ruteiruka
    Nelson Ruteiruka 2 months ago +11

    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 🙇🏿

  • Woo Dahkillah
    Woo Dahkillah 2 months ago +593

    That boy was singing with all his heart❤️❤️❤️

    • Boris Sibor
      Boris Sibor 2 months ago +6

      27 years old is far from a boy.

    • Justin⋆
      Justin⋆ 2 months ago +10

      @Boris Sibor a 27 year old can be called boy/girl wth

      CALIFORNIA GODDESS 2 months ago +4

      It's ONLY offensive when Yte person calls. Black male boy.. For OBVIOUS REASONS..

    • Alex S
      Alex S 2 months ago +7

      ​@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😅

    • Tracey Laird Bryant
      Tracey Laird Bryant 2 months ago +1


  • vikai h jimo
    vikai h jimo 2 months ago +7

    I'm coming back to this video over a thousand times. Nothing but respect and love for this purest soul.

  • Yan Cote
    Yan Cote Month ago +2

    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

  • Dave V
    Dave V 2 months ago +16

    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.

  • Madeleine STG
    Madeleine STG Month ago +7

    The pain he endured comes out graciously while he is singing. Best of luck Cam from CANADA 🇨🇦

  • robin. jashinsky
    robin. jashinsky 2 months ago +15

    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.

  • Amanda Coniglio
    Amanda Coniglio 2 months ago +721

    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!

    • Yaweno
      Yaweno 2 months ago +38

      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.

    • Ms Di
      Ms Di 2 months ago +31

      Sending hugs and prayers to you dear. Continue being strong. I'm proud of you! 🙏🏼❤️

    • Quincy Marie
      Quincy Marie 2 months ago +29

      I'm so sorry for your loss, I hope you and your siblings are doing well now. Much love

    • loveit
      loveit 2 months ago +17

      Bless you and your remarkable strength, for experiencing that kind of loss, and stepping up to raise your brothers.

    • Tx Gal
      Tx Gal 2 months ago +10

      Sorry to hear!

  • Marthann Hicks
    Marthann Hicks Month ago +4

    Man this is one damn good season this year! So many talented singers. They're all winners in my book.

  • Jay B.
    Jay B. Month ago +3

    As soon as that first note passed through his lips, tears came to my eyes. God bless him! ❤

  • H3H3 Reactions
    H3H3 Reactions 2 months ago +36

    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 🥹

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  • Carthage
    Carthage 20 days ago

    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.

  • Corri Bischer
    Corri Bischer 2 months ago +12

    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.

  • l r
    l r 2 months ago +478

    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.

    • cyberdiva2u
      cyberdiva2u 2 months ago +11

      Well said! So worthy‼️Its "HIS" time. Hallelujah!! ❤🙏🫶🎶

    • Sharon Cameron Collins
      Sharon Cameron Collins 2 months ago +7


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    • FNAF AR Shorts
      FNAF AR Shorts 2 months ago +1

      ​@Sharon Cameron Collins that's deserves a shout🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾hhheeyy nah!!! Take yo time sista🎯

  • Nerdificent
    Nerdificent 2 months ago +3

    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.

  • Tweetypie78
    Tweetypie78 Month ago +1

    Wow! Goosebumps all over me, what a beautiful voice

  • Alicia goodman
    Alicia goodman 2 months ago +5

    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!!

  • Chrishelle Gilbert-Gray-Strudwick

    Wow his voice is so soulful you could just feel the whole song right away. Congrats to him getting the platinum ticket.❤

  • LLama do
    LLama do 2 months ago +18

    So much pain he’s gone through and I’m thankful he’s blessed with a beautiful voice. Hope he goes places after this!!!

  • Tim Stafford
    Tim Stafford Month ago +3

    Unbelievable how he made that song his own, most unique version I've ever heard, absolutely amazing! Mind-blowing!! 👍👍👍👍👍

  • Yesuanjagala Carsten
    Yesuanjagala Carsten Month ago +2

    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

  • A.M. Roark
    A.M. Roark 2 months ago +4

    That hug from Katy was from so many mothers who watched you sing. Bless you.

  • Caleb Whitfield
    Caleb Whitfield 2 months ago +2

    Season is stacked and he is an absolute stud. What a beautiful performance.

  • Bernadine Teng
    Bernadine Teng Month ago

    Oh God. I felt all the emotions from his voice. He’s underrated. He’s brilliant.

  • K G
    K G 2 months ago +561

    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❤️🙏

    • Star 2
      Star 2 2 months ago +9

      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!!!

  • rockybudgeboa
    rockybudgeboa Month ago +1

    How can you NOT love this kid? Words cannot describe just how amazing he is

  • Floyd Saunders
    Floyd Saunders 2 months ago +7

    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.

  • A GA
    A GA 2 months ago +8

    From his first words I started to 😭
    My heart thumped so strongly throughout this audition!
    Much love young man❤️❤️❤️

  • vanessa cort
    vanessa cort Month ago +1

    He richly deserved this platinum ticket...his performance of this song was original, unembellished n very moving👏🏾💙🖤

  • Kathryn Copley
    Kathryn Copley 2 months ago +10

    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!

    • Mark Smith
      Mark Smith 2 months ago +1

      You can say that again and again ,God has already bless him with so much great talent ,where are you from?

  • Jake Lindsey
    Jake Lindsey 2 months ago +268

    When Lionel said, “welcome home, welcome home.” That meant more to Cam than Lionel realizes. ❤️

    • Dennis Mc laurin
      Dennis Mc laurin 2 months ago +13

      What a heartfelt emotional moment!

    • shredbetty2188
      shredbetty2188 2 months ago +7

      DittO!! That was the best! They are all so supportive & loving ♥️♥️♥️

    • My Big Fat Expat Life
      My Big Fat Expat Life 2 months ago +6

      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.

    • Denise Gill
      Denise Gill 2 months ago +5

      That hit my soul

  • Sierra Martinez
    Sierra Martinez 2 months ago +2

    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!

  • Tayanara Carvalho
    Tayanara Carvalho 2 months ago

    Beautiful voice!!! Beautiful soul!!! God bless you Cam!!! ❤

  • Harriet Thornton
    Harriet Thornton 2 months ago +6

    Breaks my heart with the beauty of his voice. He shares his very soul.

    • Mark Smith
      Mark Smith 2 months ago

      You can say that again and again ,where are you from?

  • lynette h
    lynette h 2 months ago +1

    Just when I think I've heard the best rendition, another comes along! Great job!

  • Craig Gray
    Craig Gray 2 months ago +3

    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!!

  • Ashley Allen
    Ashley Allen 2 months ago +303

    Who else watched this multiple times !? I cried every single time! Cam you are going to go so far in this life!

  • Kendra Smith
    Kendra Smith 2 months ago +10

    What a testimony...left me teary-eyed. He felt that.

  • d c
    d c Month ago +3

    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. ❤

  • Lisa Dunn
    Lisa Dunn 2 months ago +1

    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

  • Fábio SD
    Fábio SD Month ago

    What an amazing cover of one of the greatest songs ever!
    God bless you Cam 🙏🏻💙

  • Nifah A.
    Nifah A. 2 months ago +3

    Im happy he got the platinum ticket he was amazing i felt every word he sang.... It was beautiful to watch

    NICO BLUE WHEELER 2 months ago +214

    Gota love how big Lionel’s heart is. You can tell he is a legit genuine person

  • Andi Leigh
    Andi Leigh Month ago +3

    You can just see his appreciation for them when he was walking out. So sweet.

  • Halena Armstrong
    Halena Armstrong Month ago +1

    Wow. He sung this so effortlessly and beautiful ❤🎉

  • ItsPhoenixYEyo
    ItsPhoenixYEyo Month ago +6

    His voice is the most unique voice I’ve heard since Michael Woodard…. His voice is soooo precious

  • Monica Hope
    Monica Hope 2 months ago +4

    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.

  • Michael Tripp Jr.
    Michael Tripp Jr. 2 months ago +4

    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.

  • Candace Winter
    Candace Winter 2 months ago +340

    This baby boy needs to win. He is everything. I can't stop crying. This soul is everything.❤❤❤❤

    • Brenda A. Burton
      Brenda A. Burton 2 months ago +4

      Me too

    • Thelma Bradley
      Thelma Bradley 2 months ago +4

      I cried too.😢😢

    • Chad Lightfoot
      Chad Lightfoot 2 months ago +5

      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.

    • Virtual Insanity
      Virtual Insanity 2 months ago

      I hope he wins.

  • Neesa Adams
    Neesa Adams Month ago +3

    What a beautiful performance it touched me emotionally so much

  • Carmella Vargas
    Carmella Vargas Month ago +10

    i really love this 3 judges ❤ how pure and caring their hearts

  • Preston Harger
    Preston Harger 2 months ago

    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.

  • Tammy Kirkley
    Tammy Kirkley 2 months ago

    The world needs Cam! Thank you for showing us all your blessing from the Lord!! I sure hope you make top 10!!

  • Linda Overy
    Linda Overy 2 months ago +1

    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.

  • jj
    jj 2 months ago +248

    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!

  • Cathie Hunt
    Cathie Hunt Month ago +3

    Some of these younger people have gone through so much in their short life's and it comes out with emotion in their songs 😢❤

  • Cenk Alpsan
    Cenk Alpsan 2 months ago

    What a soul... What a delivery... Well deserved Platinum ticket. He is my winner. God bless you Cam

  • G E
    G E 2 months ago +1

    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!

  • Butterfly D
    Butterfly D Month ago +1

    Platinum status...PERIOD!!!🎉🎉🎉 Sing baby and keep on singing because you're the whole package and then some! It's your time!!!❤❤❤

  • Nora Isaac Miller
    Nora Isaac Miller Month ago +1

    Praise God for such wonderful young man. Love his rendition of Hallelujah 🫶🏼 God bless him and his siblings. 🙏🏼