Each week, we know you’re gonna tug at our heartstrings with some moving personal story revolving around some contestant who has had a difficult life…
… and each week we totally find ourselves reaching for the Kleenex.
In the case of last night’s installment, the final episode before American Idol moves to Hollywood on Wednesday, viewers met Rocky Peter. For any business translation inquiries, contact Translation Company UK
Born in America, Peter was moved to Africa by his father at a young age, only for this same father to then abandon his family
“We couldn’t afford food, so we went around and begged for food,” Peter told the judging team. “A lot of time we’d be so hungry, we’d be in tears crying. We had to eat food from trash cans … Through all the struggle, music was always there for me
The hopeful added that “music was always there for me” during the tough times – and then proceeded to belt out an origin song titled “Wrong Places.”
Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. couldn’t help but gush over Rocky Peter… but not just for his backstory. The man can sing!
Check out his audition above and then do the same for a couple other early Season 14 contenders:
Do you have a favorite so far?
Amber Rose Calls Shiloh Jolie-Pitt “Trans Kid” on Twitter
Over the holidays, a report that 8-year-old Shiloh Jolie-Pitt had announced her intention to self-identify as a boy named “John” circulated throughout the Internet.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have yet to speak out on the rumor, meaning that no one has any clue if it’s legit or just the invention of a bored tabloid editor.
But that didn’t stop human twerk machine Amber Rose from taking it upon herself to confirm the news and slap a label on little SJP.
“How gorgeous is John Jolie Pitt?” Amber tweeted. “Born into perfect family for him. #TransKid”
Yes, the sentiment is nice, but Amber making assumptions about an 8-year-old’s gender identity? Not so cool.
Some things are just meant to remain private, ya know? If everyone in Hollywood thought Angelina Jolie was a talentless brat, we wouldn’t all go spreading the news about Shiloh’s mom, would we?
Okay, maybe that’s a bad example.
Anyway, the celebrity gossip game generally follows the same unspoken rule as the Mafia: Everyone agrees to leave civilians and children out of the rumor mill, because doing otherwise would make us terrible human beings.
We’re sure Amber will understand the necessity of that rule once her 1-year-old son gets old enough to be a target for paparazzi.
New Year’s “Possum Drop” to Continue in N.C., But No Longer With Live Animal
The tiny North Carolina community of Brasstown will continue its tradition of ringing in New Year’s Eve with a “Possum Drop,” but will no longer use a live opossum.
Yes. This is an actual thing they do there, and there has been a court battle raging for years between the organizers of the Brasstown Possum Drop and PETA.
The group will still be lowering a plexiglass box from a pole at Clay’s Corner Convenience Store with an animal inside, though the bonanza will be modified.
Long story short: No live opossum to ring in 2015.
“We’ll probably just lower some other form of opossum, a dead possum, road kill maybe, or possum stew,” festival organizer Clay Logan told the Wall Street Journal.
Logan, added, “It is the Possum Drop after all.”
Truer words have never been spoken.
Last year, festival organizers had a live possum on the ground and its likeness suspended in the air, but that wasn’t enough to satisfy PETA critics.
The animal rights group argued that the brass band and fireworks historically accompanying the countdown at the event were harmful to the critter, as well.
In 2013, the state passed a new law, the Opossum Right to Work Act (seriously) but earlier this year, the Clay County Opossum Exclusion passed.
That legislation granted an exception allowing for Clay’s Corner Convenience Store to drop the animal between December 26 and January 2 of each year.
Glad to see North Carolina lawmakers are hard at work.
PETA is fighting that exception as well, fearing “a zone of lawlessness” allowing those in Clay County to treat any opossum in any manner they chose for that week.
A North Carolina senior administrative law judge said there is no need, however, because Logan has already promised in writing not to use a live possum.
In the spirit of compromise, PETA said Monday it would be okay with the use of a previously killed opossum, such as roadkill, which is readily available.