The 16-year-old high school student never felt confident enough to pursue a career in music, but after singing in her bedroom for years, she has finally found her inner confidence and is proving her star power.
“Now more than ever I feel like I belong here and I just really hope that I get to keep doing this,” Flora admitted before her stunning performance.
Donning a denim blazer and pants, Flora shined vibrantly with her impressive cover of Demi Lovato’s “Tell Me You Love Me,” a song that truly allows the contestant’s powerhouse vocals to be put on full display.
Flora’s performance earned her a standing ovation from the live audience as well as Idol judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan.
“So, I’m just going to tell ya, what has happened here. The voice is one thing, the stand presence is out of control! You’ve got that attitude follow me? Stand presence is the other half of your performance, you had a strut and a walk that was great tonight. Congratulations!”
“Emyrson, you may be our youngest, but I think you are one of our most talented. I know we’re just starting off the show and I don’t want to jinx anything, but I am really, really routing for you, but definitely remember you also have magic to kind of contain the room to play every single little note, so play all of those dynamics.”
“When I think about your age, it just says superstar in the making. I truly believe that you’re going to go really, really far, but you can never rest on that, but when it comes to your voice and what you’re giving us… even when I’m at home watching TV at home with my family, you just have that magic thing that we can’t ever put our finger on, but you have it.”
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American Idol airs Sundays and Mondays at 8/7c on ABC.