All Three ‘American Idol’ Judges Say Yes to East Lansing Nurse Jacob Moran on Sunday | Latest News!

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Jacob Moran, an East Lansing nurse and Dansville native, has advanced to the next round of “American Idol” televised auditions, which will take place during the show’s Hollywood Week.

Moran, 28, made an impression on celebrity judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry, and Lionel Ritchie during his audition, which aired on ABC on Sunday.

Moran sang one of Perry’s songs, “Rise.”

He remarked last week, “I chose that one because, if you listen to the words, it’s a song about the great comeback.” “Picking yourself up from the ground demonstrates your strength and determination. To be honest, I believe that song is a perfect fit for my experience over the last two years.”

Moran has made it to Hollywood Week on “Idol” for the second time. He auditioned for the first time in 2019.

When he stepped into the audition, Bryan and Perry replied, “I remember you.” When Ritchie concluded, he exclaimed, “You realize you just got a standing O from Katy Perry on you playing her song?” Perry told him, “You gave me full-body chills.” Bryan said, “I already wrote yes.” Moran’s audition was taped in Los Angeles last October.

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Even though it wasn’t his first time performing in front of Bryan, Perry, and Ritchie, Moran described the experience as “surreal.” He explained, “It simply never feels normal.” “It’s like though I’m in a dream.” Moran’s experience three years ago during Hollywood Week was “exhausting,” but helpful, he said.

This week, Moran stated, “You’re doing so much singing, you’re doing so much interviewing.” “You’re always doing something, and at the end of the week, you’re completely exhausted. It was disappointing, to be sure, but I believe it improved me.”

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Moran revealed in December 2020 that his initial “Idol” audition prompted him to prioritize his health. Moran said he went into his audition for the show’s new season with fresh confidence.

He admitted, “I’m a lot more confident than I was when I was last in Hollywood.” “And I’ve gained a better understanding of what I want from the music industry. I want to have a job, and I’m now attempting to do so by making decisions and changes that will help me prepare for it. This time it felt a lot more genuine.”

Moran stated that he would encourage others to pursue their dreams as well.

“It makes no difference how huge or difficult your desire appears to be,” he remarked. “You just have to take things one day at a time.”

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