Matheus Fernandes, the last contestant on the “American Idol” auditions on Wednesday, blew the judges away.
The 21-year-old singer hopeful is only 4’ 9” tall. As Fernandes entered the room and stood in front of the judges, he broke the ice by asking if there was a height limit on the show. He went on to share that he’d seen many doctors when he was a kid, but a specific medical condition for his short stature was never found. Admitting that his childhood was tough, he said,
"Growing up was definitely a challenge ... it was rough with all the bullying. Lots of tears were shed.”
The song choice for his “American Idol” audition was Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come.” When he was finished, the judges comments were over the top.
Nicki Minaj said, "We're looking for a unique, special person and you fit that bill.”
Mariah Carey added, "You hit me in the heart and you brought me to tears, which I am holding back currently. You can sing anything for me.”
Keith Urban appeared to be in shock saying, "To sing a song like that, you've got to know what challenge, struggle, and adversity are--and you have that in spades.”
Randy Jackson gave what was quite possibly the ultimate compliment to Fernandes, "I know society can be crazy and harsh, but we don't put up with any of that around here. To me, you're 10 feet tall right now."
Check out the video of Matheus Fernandes singing "A Change Is Gonna Come."
Not a complete stranger to singing competitions, Fernandes was a contestant on the first season of Oxygen’s “The Glee Project” where he finished in eighth place.
As Matheus Fernandes was unanimously voted through to Hollywood, he was visibly moved.