“American Idol” began airing the Hollywood Week portion of Season 20 on March 28, 2022 with a “genre challenge” that pitted contestants against other artists of their own genre. One contestant made a big impression on viewers.
Fritz Hagar, an artist who caused a stir at his audition, wowed viewers with his soulful, acoustic rendition of the X Ambassadors’ “Unsteady.”
Some fans got goosebumps when they heard Fritz
In the comments section of the YouTube video posted after the show aired, fans showed their appreciation for Fritz’s voice.
“Lol, those last notes made me say ‘Mm’ out loud.” one person wrote. “He got me, he got me. His audition was a little overwhelming I think, but I loved what he said about “proving yourself” that he belongs in this competition. I was rooting for him at that point and he absolutely delivered. So satisfying.”
Another person commented, “Look up and down my back. There is something special about this child.”
Some people also commented on how far they think Fritz will go in the competition.
“And that puts Fritz in my top 5!” read a comment. “He’s a beast! I literally cried. Fritz thought he had something to prove and I think he showed that he is very special! In my opinion he was the best of the evening. Those somersaults into falsetto gave me goosebumps. He’s a star!”
Some even believe he could win the entire competition.
“Don’t count out Fritz…he might win this whole damn thing.” one person commented.
another wrote“Best of the week so far, his guitar groove matched his voice.”
Many others commented on how much he had improved since his audition.
“This kid has it” one person wrote. “All the other singers have great voices but the soul, swing and groove in Fritz’s performance does it for me, but I’m sure Idol will eliminate him and ruin the season like they do every year. “
Fritz always wanted to be part of “Idol”.
During the package ahead of his performance, Fritz shared that he “always” wanted to audition for “American Idol.”
“To be here and living my dream is crazy,” he said. “It’s kind of scary coming to Hollywood Week when Luke [Bryan] gave me a ‘no’. To be honest, I’m very aware that I’m not the best singer here. I stumble a lot with my confidence. There’s something like a belief in me that’s missing.”
He said his father was a “military man” and his mother was a lawyer and they didn’t want him to go into music.
“I spent a lot of time being happy and pretending to be someone else,” he said. “I kind of realized I just have to be myself and figure out how I’m comfortable with that. I will show them that I deserve to be here. I will show everyone. And hopefully I’ll show myself that I deserve to be here.”
He only performed with his acoustic guitar.
When Fritz was told he was going to the next round, he cried in front of the cameras because he was so happy.
“American Idol” airs Sundays and Mondays at 8 p.m. Eastern and Pacific time on ABC.
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