Father Tearfully Dedicates 'American Idol' Audition To The Infant Son He Recently Adopted

"Now I'm not only performing for me, I'm performing for my son."

During his American Idol audition, 28-year-old Marcio Donaldson revealed he wasn't just there to audition for himself — but also for 6-month-old Rashaad. Donaldson adopted Rashaad from his sister one month after he was born after authorities stepped in due to his sister's substance abuse. Donaldson grew up in the foster care system and he didn't want the same for his nephew. So, he became Rashaad's adoptive father.

"I didn't want him to go through what I went through," Donaldson told American Idol viewers through tears. "I had no idea what I was doing, but he's actually a real gift. And it was the right decision, I know it. He's changed my life ... Now I'm not only performing for me, I'm performing for my son."


Rashaad came along to his audition. "I want to give him a better life," he told judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, and Luke Bryan. 

Bryan held the baby boy while Donaldson gave an emotional performance of Labrinth's 2014 single "Jealous."

The judged were moved by his impressive range and powerful voice. Upon hearing the news that he'd be continuing in the competition, Donaldson couldn't help but cry. All three judges gave him a "yes." Bryan handed the golden ticket to Rashaad.  

"Daddy's going to work," Donaldson said to his infant son.

"God bless you for being an incredible, standup man," Perry said. "You're an incredible example."

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