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The minute Oliver Steele walked in to the American Idol audition room, the judges informed him he was the very last person to audition for this season of the show. No matter what happened during his audition, they weren’t going to see anyone else after him!
Oliver Steele introduced himself, and revealed he was from Mount Juliet, Tennessee, the home of Charlie Daniels. Luke Bryan started singing a little bit of “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” mimicking the fiddle part with his voice.
Steele told the judges that Charlie Daniels inspired him to want to play the fiddle, but his dad said no. Instead, Steele followed in his father’s footsteps and became a singer-songwriter. His father is a talented guitar player, whose career was cut short due to a debilitating stroke that left him with little function on the left side of his body.
After telling his story, the judges asked if his dad could come in and watch his audition. They also asked what one of the songs his dad used to play was, to which both men said “Change The World,” by Eric Clapton.
The second Steele started singing, the judges got to their feet, in awe of his talent.
He impressed the judges so much that Katy Perry said he could win American Idol, and we think he could too! Watch his full audition below, and make sure to have some tissues handy.