On the new season of American Idol, Nadia Turner’s daughter Zaréh shocked the judges with her audition. Nadia Turner was a Top 8 finalist on Season 4 of Idol in 2005. Now, her daughter is following in her footsteps. It’s hard to believe that the reality show has been on television for this long, but its former contestants have spawned incredible talent of their own.
On the Sunday, March 20, episode of the ABC show, the 21-year-old contestant made an impression on the judges and her mom. Zaréh received a standing ovation from judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, and Luke Bryan. Even her mom was in a state of shock over her talent.
Shocks former American Idol contestant
Zaréh told the judges that she did not tell her mom about the audition. The former American Idol hopeful had no idea that her daughter was trying out for the show. She was inspired by her mom’s AI stint. Zaréh currently works as a stylist in Los Angeles and is hoping to become the next Idol.
“When I was around 4 years old, my mother was on Season 4 of Idol and she made it to the Top 8,” Zaréh told the judges, via People. “She does not know that I’m auditioning for American Idol.”
Host Ryan Seacrest helped her get her mom to the audition so she could watch her audition. It was an emotional moment for everyone involved. Zaréh hoped that her mom would like her audition. Thankfully, she impressed everyone in the room, including the judges.
“She’s either going to be super disappointed or super thrilled,” Za said before removing her mom’s blindfold. “Surprise, I’m auditioning for American Idol.”
Zaréh even wore the same outfit that her mom wore to her audition in 2005. She sang her rendition of “Bust the Windows” by Jasmine Sullivan. Her mom started to cry, and so did the judges. Richie handed a tissue to Turner, who broke down in tears.
So, did Zaréh make it to Hollywood?
Richie noted the “pride” on her mom’s face. Bryan called Zaréh “tremendous,” and advised that she needs to “gritty” up her range a bit. Perry has a feeling that good things will come to the singer.
“You’ve got a real opportunity. You’ve got a cool vibe through and through and it feels authentic. You’ve got a cool voice. I think you have the beginning of what could be a real artist.”
Richie added, “It’s such a wonderful, heartfelt story on the 20th season of American Idol to have this come full circle.”
Zaréh got her golden ticket to Hollywood. During her audition, Turner performed “Until You Come Back To Me (That’s What I’m Gonna Do)” by Miki Howard. She got a yes from all three original judges — Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, and Randy Jackson. Turner is looking forward to her daughter’s American Idol experience.
“American Idol was a journey that had so many pluses and to see what it does for Za — I can’t wait,” Turner said. “The sky is the limit for her.”
What are your thoughts on Zaréh’s audition? Do you remember when Turner tried out for the show? Who’s your favorite contestant so far? Sound off below in the comment section.
American Idol airs on Sundays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.