BC singer wins American Idol Golden Ticket – Kelowna Capital News
Eshan Sobti goes to Hollywood.
The 17-year-old Mission singer wowed the American Idol judges and won a golden ticket to the popular TV talent show’s next round.
Performing at the Texas auditions, Sobti said it was a “surreal” experience singing in front of judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan.
“Never in a million years would I have thought I would get the opportunity to audition for the show I had been dreaming about for years,” Sobti wrote on her Facebook page.
“I will never forget Lionel who told me that I had one of the clearest voices he had heard. It was so cool to hear that coming from him!
Sobti told Mission Record that it “took me a few seconds to figure out” what the judges were saying.
“It was so surreal to have them sit in front of me and give their thoughts on my performance. I was just in shock that it was actually happening.
He decided to perform the song Half a Man by Dean Lewis as an audition piece. The song, according to Sobti, is about wanting someone to let you go because you don’t want them to get hurt.
“It’s about how you can put all your love into someone else when they don’t even love themselves. For me, I’m still beginning to understand who I am as an artist and who I want to be in this world, and this song helps me know that this is a struggle that others face as well.
After his performance, which was not televised, Sobti said he was quite emotional.
“I was really hoping for a ticket and when I did I cried tears of fear. Then the excitement started to build and I ran to my mum.
Sobti said he had been singing since he was seven years old and had always loved it.
“My family doesn’t really have a musical background, so I started loving music growing up with Disney Channel and watching singing competitions on YouTube. At 11, I started playing for the first time and I started taking singing lessons.
He first came to Mission when he was in first grade and still lives here today. Sobti is one of two singers from British Columbia to advance to the next round. Cameron Whitcomb of Nanaimo and Kamloops also received a golden ticket.
To find out what happens next for Sobti, people can watch more episodes of American Idol, every Sunday night.