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This 'American Idol' Contestant Defied Gravity In A Powerhouse Duet With Lea Michele

"Your sound transcends words."

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Monday night marked American Idol's second round of duets from the Top 24 contestants, and singer Ada Vox knocked it out of the park with a performance of "Defying Gravity" from the Broadway musical Wicked. And who better to join her than former Glee star Lea Michele?


Vox revealed in her audition for this season that she had previously made it to the Top 50 on season 12 as Adam Sanders, but was eliminated and experienced online bullying. Sanders chose to return as drag queen persona Ada Vox, explaining "I'm so ready to show everybody — to show all of America, to show these judges — who I am now."

Vox and Michele were the perfect powerhouse pairing for the sweeping song. They were so good that judge Lionel Richie couldn't keep quiet during the performance. "A star is born," he said when the song was over. "There's no denying your presence. There's no denying your voice. You are a statement."

"Your sound transcends words," fellow judge Katy Perry told Vox. As for Lea Michele, she declared Vox's voice to be "out of control" and said it was a "real honor" to sing with her. It should come as no surprise that Vox made it into the Top 14. 

Watch the incredible performance below:


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