Grab Your Tissues! Ronda Felton Makes Lionel Richie Cry! - American Idol 2021
Ronda Felton has faced some challenging times throughout her life, but nothing has taken away from her kind, loving spirit. Ronda absolutely blows the judges away with her rendition of “One Night Only” by Jennifer Hudson, as Lionel is moved to tears by Ronda’s performance. Katy Perry tells Ronda: “You don't have to be strong. You just have to be Ronda and that will take you all the way." We’re beyond excited to see what Ronda has in store for Hollywood Week!
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AMERICAN IDOL, the iconic series that revolutionized the television landscape by pioneering the music competition genre, returns on ABC.
American Idol 2021
Helping to determine who America will ultimately vote for to become the next singing sensation are music industry forces and superstar judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie. Emmy® Award-winning host and producer Ryan Seacrest continues as host of the beloved series, while multimedia personality Bobby Bones serves as the in-house mentor.

  • Tricia Jacks
    Tricia Jacks


  • Sandra Guilford Guilford
    Sandra Guilford Guilford

    God provided her a great/wonderful crack in the wall. I'm so proud of the willingness of her mom for never giving up. #acrackfromGod

  • Keyonnia Herriott
    Keyonnia Herriott

    I wish she won

  • Steven Lopez Pagan
    Steven Lopez Pagan

    She sounds like a Broadway performer in my opinion like wow... 👏👏😭😭

  • Teiwaz The Warrior God
    Teiwaz The Warrior God

    Such a great mother! “Get up in shelter, never stop fighting! Never stop fighting!!!” Such a strong woman!!! 🥰

  • Bridgett Hackett
    Bridgett Hackett

    I love this girl she has a god given voice I pray she makes it all the way!!!🙏🏽❤️💯😘

  • lucy rimoh
    lucy rimoh


  • Trazon McMullen
    Trazon McMullen

    This had me 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭.

  • Amazon Queen
    Amazon Queen

    I pray this young lady dreams come true. Such a great mom stay Blessed Omg when she ran and got her mom I lost it.

  • tamikajohnsonrj


  • S O'Neal
    S O'Neal

    I cried all the way through Zoom. Whew!! ❤👏🏾

  • nannie German
    nannie German

    My God!!! What a beautiful voice!!! I want to hear more!😥❤

  • Walk in Creativity
    Walk in Creativity

    Every time I watch this I am touched beyond belief. I wish you Ronda and your mom nothing but the best! God Bless you Both!

  • Joel Benniefield
    Joel Benniefield

    WOW,this was --so.!!! , if you got feelings, this got to you.

  • Kerrie Connelly
    Kerrie Connelly

    She is so Amazing praying their lives get better I love this young lady her mom is awsome as well she got a voice on her she got to sing/sang with Lional Richie

  • Elorm Dzidey
    Elorm Dzidey

    Oh God,I just cried sooo much after having endless chills...oh My Gosh🥺🥺🥺🥺🥺

  • Roy Merlino
    Roy Merlino

    I am coming home

  • Inaku Inaku
    Inaku Inaku

    Crying all through

  • Cynthia Brown
    Cynthia Brown

    I just love my LIONEL RICHIE!

  • Shelia Bonner
    Shelia Bonner

    Dang, he can still sing, sounded just the album.

  • jequanna griffin
    jequanna griffin

    Darn I'm crying her pain was in this song Jesus she concured! We all cried....

  • darnika wallace
    darnika wallace

    This makes me cry, God always provides and makes the impossible possible.

  • Lana Kendrix
    Lana Kendrix

    I love her and don't know her But I love her. I am crying tears of JOY for her.

  • Jenn K
    Jenn K

    You got me crying my child, I know what you’ve been through coz I’ve walked that path before but one thing that’s important is that holding on to each other and knowing where you’re coming from, my prayers goes for you😭😭😭😭

  • jrillo11

    Stay Humble Beautiful Queen and god will continue to bless you.

  • Novalla Suter
    Novalla Suter

    Rhonda wins! Wow! I am watching for her.

  • Donna K
    Donna K

    This was beautiful! 🥰 Yep I’m crying like everyone else & I’m not one that cries all the time but this young ladies story really touched me. God Bless both her and her mother! 😇

  • Charles McLean
    Charles McLean

    I see that they aren't missing any meals.

  • Daisy Iglesias
    Daisy Iglesias

    God Bless you & your Mother you have a Amazing voice it brought tears to my eyes my favorite song

  • Eunice Webb
    Eunice Webb

    She's so beautiful tears wow

  • Lakecha Myers
    Lakecha Myers

    Omg 😭😭😭😭😭😭

  • Sabrina White
    Sabrina White

    Hi check out adorablesweetie on Etsy it has cool stripper outfits

  • DeCarlo Turner
    DeCarlo Turner

    Her voice is so beautiful, it really touched my heart. Beautiful spirit! ❤

    • Morris mukesh
      Morris mukesh

      Hello DeCarlo

  • Engelie

    I literally also have tears of joy for her. She's blessed to be given this chance and she'll be a blessing to all of us from this moment on 😭❤️

  • Danielle Hopkins
    Danielle Hopkins

    👀👀👀 that voice go girl

  • Deborah Hudson
    Deborah Hudson

    Beautiful Voice. Singing so sincere ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽🎯🎯🎯🎯🎯🎯🎯🎯🎯🎯🎯

  • Deborah Hudson
    Deborah Hudson

    Praise God

  • Stephanie JEAN-JACQUES
    Stephanie JEAN-JACQUES

    This is wonderful 😭

  • tha bama family
    tha bama family

    This the best video I ever seen I cried the whole video I feel every word I swear

  • Beautiful Tina
    Beautiful Tina

    Absolutely beautiful 🙏🏾❤️

  • PreciousGrrowth

    Y’all gon make me cry

  • Janique Geddeskarrer
    Janique Geddeskarrer

    It's five thirty here in England... Sunday., I am bawling my eyes out... I am breathless l wish Ronda and her mum all the best ❣️

  • Tricia Williams
    Tricia Williams

    Jesus is Love God is so sweet thanks Lionel

  • Tricia Williams
    Tricia Williams

    She could be a good blues singer or even Opera

  • angel wingz
    angel wingz

    He wanted to hug them so bad 🥺💖 I literally bawled through the whole thinf

  • CharmCityCowboy

    What a story, hope she gets what she wants out of life🙏 Big Lionel Richie fan ever since the song " Love Will Find A Way" while in High School.

  • LaTanya Smith
    LaTanya Smith

    Beautiful ❤️❤️❤️

  • waterfall white
    waterfall white

    I Love Lional hes a very encouraging person

  • Nefari’s Soul
    Nefari’s Soul

    I always loved Zoom!!!!!! 🥰

  • Teresa MCLawrence
    Teresa MCLawrence


  • Tasia Owens
    Tasia Owens

    why am i crying????

  • mick c
    mick c

    I really hope this girl goes all the way , her voice is so sincere. Brought a tear to my eye too. (Shh) dont tell!

  • love jones
    love jones

    Beautiful she’s going to Broadway!!

  • tyesha hardy
    tyesha hardy


  • Autumn Robinson
    Autumn Robinson

    The chillss

  • Sylvia Smith
    Sylvia Smith

    Damn this hit me hard. Such a beautiful soul ❤️

  • sherry mitchell
    sherry mitchell

    God is so good... all we need is a crack .. praise God

  • JC Rodriguez
    JC Rodriguez

    She went to grab her mama 😍😘😘🙏🏻 May God bless them both 🙏🏻

  • Angela Challow
    Angela Challow

    Sanging with her soul! This BabyGal gave me chills💥tears are flowing.I felt her running for her ❤️Momma.

  • Felesha Rookwood
    Felesha Rookwood

    I'm crying ....tears of joy

  • C-Rance

    This was so fake. Just manufactured to get ratings.

  • Jessica Kennedy
    Jessica Kennedy

    Mashallah 🥰

  • dornette marsh
    dornette marsh

    She so pretty/Natural beauty/which her all the best/stay safe/when God bless you there are no disappointment

  • Dolls Way!!!
    Dolls Way!!!

    I'm not crying, I'm cutting onions!!

  • Papi Chulo
    Papi Chulo

    Thats a hard song to sing but she did it nicely

  • mee mee the cat
    mee mee the cat


  • K Ronnie
    K Ronnie

    What in the COVID handkerchief was that? That was a great audition.

  • patti disch
    patti disch


  • mr me
    mr me

    Beautiful young lady!!!

  • Evelyn Rodriguez
    Evelyn Rodriguez

    Omg.. I’m in tears. She’s beautiful. Mom great job. A heart of gold. Loving.. blessings

  • Elemuelle Harris
    Elemuelle Harris

    Lionel Rickie's analogy about the "crack" really put things into great perspective.

  • Rouzard Angelic Boutique
    Rouzard Angelic Boutique

    They're so beautiful, when she ran for her mom 🥰 God Bless Every Single Mom Out Here Making it Happen For Their Kids 🧡

  • Priceless Raw
    Priceless Raw

    That poverty line is no joke 😥 her mom had multiple useless jobs and look at all that happened to them. So working is not the key either

    • Stacey J
      Stacey J

      I felt that part so real

  • lee denise
    lee denise

    Beautiful spirit, and voice. Such a tear jerker... keep pushing ma!!!


    Brilliantly Magnificent!!!

  • Linnet Minnot
    Linnet Minnot

    Mom you are an inspiration

  • КоТэ ПоД нОрКоТэ
    КоТэ ПоД нОрКоТэ

    Зачем столько жрать?

  • gle bouvay
    gle bouvay

    I am so touched by this. She and her Mom are truly Blessed. Thanks Lionel for that Powerful Inspiration. TGBTG

  • Zainab Georfo
    Zainab Georfo

    I really love Lionel Richie. ❤

  • Helen McCroskey
    Helen McCroskey

    Rhonda, God is singing through you! You are awesome. 👏

  • Booked and Busy
    Booked and Busy

    Sistah! You can blow!!

  • Karen Bond
    Karen Bond

    As the old Baptist Hymn says” I Stand Amazed of Jesus The Nazarene” this shows that God can do anything but Fail!! This young Lady even after crying , stood there and nailed that song, and I agree with the Judges this is not the best from her !! I had chills then, and I believe in time to come I will feel I’m in Iceland!! Go get your dream young lady!! It’s yours for the asking ! Karen

  • Gloria Mitchell
    Gloria Mitchell

    Beautiful soul.

  • Carol Jefta
    Carol Jefta

    baby girl u fantastic made me cry the Almighty will carry both of u

  • Berri Hill
    Berri Hill

    It's her mom's words for me..... Lord we must get up and fight.... Now the daughter has me crying more

  • Karen Walton
    Karen Walton


  • Robert Perdue
    Robert Perdue

    I can't stop watching it my heart goes out to that young lady

  • Robert Perdue
    Robert Perdue

    This the best thing I seen all year

  • Robert Perdue
    Robert Perdue

    Wow I pray to God with all my heart that she make it she made me cry

  • Robert Perdue
    Robert Perdue


  • Robert Perdue
    Robert Perdue

    She don't have to sing at 1:31 she touched my heart

  • Nelly

    When she ran n got her mom n we mom and Lionel song her favorite song together I tear up no matter what what life throw at u be strong n believe

  • Nelly

    Her note coming out I got chills I knw she was gonna hit all the notes 😍👏🏾🔥

  • HarmoniesbyAJ

    Had me slopping crying

  • Mr Nix
    Mr Nix


  • Tracey Curenton- Lenton
    Tracey Curenton- Lenton

    You got this, God has you covered and sweetie your voice is phenomenal. Love it

  • Brandon Hamilton
    Brandon Hamilton

    I pray she makes her dreams come true and that she can put her and her mother where they deserve to be. Somewhere happy. God blesses us all. Some of our journeys aren't as easy as others. But the hardest paths have the most beautiful destinations.

  • Amy Graham
    Amy Graham

    This one is a keeper!!!❤️ Every now & then you hear words of substance, clothed with compassion & hope!!! Lionel Richie, hats off to you, dear Sir!!!

  • Malinda Jones
    Malinda Jones

    Wonda i love you don't give up hope you're beautiful

  • lynda waters
    lynda waters