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Young 'Idol' Contestant Almost Breaks Down During Performance Of 'What Hurts The Most'

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Tristan mcintosh Songs | Young 'Idol' Contestant Almost Breaks Down During Performance Of 'What Hurts The Most' | Country Music Videos
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Time and time again on this season of American Idol, Tristan McIntosh has proven that she has what it takes to make it all the way to the end, especially with her recent solo Hollywood performance. 

McIntosh, who is a 15-year-old student from Nashville, earned her golden ticket to Hollywood with her emotional audition performance of Mickey Guyton's  "Why Baby Why." She won over Keith Urban and the other judges with her mature tone and ability to tie emotions into her performance.

As if her golden ticket to Hollywood wasn't enough, the judges surprised McIntosh with her mother, Amy, who is a Major in the Army and was serving in the Middle East, but came home to see her Idol journey.

Amy was present for McIntosh's solo performance in Hollywood, which McIntosh dedicated to her. McIntosh chose to perform "What Hurts The Most," by Rascal Flatts, but she almost didn't get to sing the song.

The way the solo Hollywood auditions work, according to Billboard, is that the singers are given one night to prepare for their performances. They only have a select few songs they can chose from, and only three people can sign up for each one. McIntosh didn't get the chance to sign up in time to perform "What Hurts the Most," but knowing how much the song meant to her, another contestant gave up her spot so McIntosh could have the song.

Unlike the earlier auditions, the judges do not provide feedback to the contestants after their solo performances in Hollywood. But according to the tears that formed in all of the judges eyes as McIntosh sang, we think it's safe to say they were highly impressed with her audition.

As McIntosh sings, it's hard to believe that she is so young, yet so in control of her voice. She also knows how to deliver a song with the right amount of emotion, and the judges weren't the only ones in tears during her performance. McIntosh's mom, along with the other audience members, also had tears in their eyes as she sang.

Following her performance, McIntosh revealed that she had trouble holding back her own tears as she sang.

"I got really emotional during that performance," she said. "I almost started crying on stage."  

Even though the judges didn't provide any feedback to McIntosh directly, Urban whispered a comment after her performance that made it clear what he thought of her talent.

"It's a girl's season, my word," he said.

Needless to say, McIntosh was saved from elimination and will now continue on to the next round of the competition. You can watch the emotional performance that earned her that spot below.

We can't wait to hear more from McIntosh on this season of American Idol!

LYRICS BELOW

I can take the rain on the roof of this empty house
That don’t bother me
I can take a few tears now and then and just let them out
I’m not afraid to cry every once in a while
Even though going on with you gone still upsets me
There are days every now and again I pretend I’m OK
But that’s not what gets me

What hurts the most
Was being so close
And having so much to say
And watching you walk away
And never knowing
What could have been
And not seeing that loving you
Is what I was tryin’ to do

It’s hard to deal with the pain of losing you everywhere I go
But I’m doin’ It
It’s hard to force that smile when I see our old friends and I’m alone
Still Harder
Getting up, getting dressed, livin’ with this regret
But I know if I could do it over
I would trade give away all the words that I saved in my heart
That I left unspoken

What hurts the most
Is being so close
And having so much to say (much to say)
And watching you walk away
And never knowing
What could have been
And not seeing that loving you
Is what I was trying to do, oh.

What hurts the most
Was being so close
And having so much to say (to say)
And watching you walk away
And never knowing
What could have been
And not seeing that loving you
Is what I was trying to do

Not seeing that loving you
That’s what I was trying to do

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