American Idol has also been a family-oriented show, and this Sunday, it showcased a special, different sort of American family story – when 19-year-old Elizabeth Gaba showed up for her audition with both her mother and her biological egg donor.
Elizabeth’s rendition of Adele’s “All I Ask” was technically impressive; like all Adele songs, it is not easy to sing, and she pulled it off. But it was a very theater-schooled performance, and judge Luke Bryan told her: “You have a very pretty, polished voice. Don’t ever be afraid to throw in a little grit.”
The real emotional impact came when the judges, upon hearing Gaba’s unique family background, invited her “two mamas” into the audition room. Elizabeth, who goes by the simple stage name Gaba, was conceived by anonymous egg donation, and she recently found the donor, a woman named Amy, who she now considers to be one of her closest friends.
AMERICAN IDOL – ‘101 (Auditions)’ – The gold standard of all music competition series, American Idol, will make its highly anticipated return to television as superstar judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie set out on a journey across the nation to discover a new crop of inspiring talent with a touch of Disney magic, as it premieres its first season at its new home on Americas network, The ABC Television Network, SUNDAY, MARCH 11 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT). (Eric Liebowitz via Getty Images)
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And it turned out Gaba has inherited Amy’s talent: She’s a member of the same USC a cappella group, the SoCal VoCals, that Amy sang with years ago.
Amy joined Gaba for an audition-room duet on a second song, and their lilting voices were astonishingly similar, proving that music is indeed in Gaba’s genes. The moment was so magical that a crying Katy Perry – who told the three women, “Your story is a miracle” – attempted to call her own mom. Sadly, her mother’s voicemail box was full. But thankfully, so were everyone’s hearts.