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Teen Singer Impresses with Original Song in ‘American Idol’ Early Release

Haven Madison auditions for 'American Idol'Photos by: ABC/Eric McCandless

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American Idol has shared an early release audition ahead of this Sunday night’s Season 21 premiere. The video features a performance from 16-year-old Haven Madison, who impresses the judges with an original song called “Fifteen.”

Haven Madison Sings in American Idol Early Release

Haven is from Clarksville, Tennessee, and her father Jason is the lead singer of a Christian band. He joined her for her audition, playing guitar during her performance of an original song about being young and not wanting to wait for great things to happen.

“What if I want it now? / What if I don’t wanna wait?” Haven sings on the song’s chorus. “What if I don’t wanna waste my time waiting on someday? / What if I want it now? / What if I’m not the same? / What if it’s all a game and nothing’s ever gonna change?”

The judges were clearly wowed by Haven’s performance. As soon as she finished singing, Katy Perry stood up and responded to the question in Haven’s song, saying, “You can have it!” Lionel Richie agreed with her.

Haven’s dad was emotional after seeing the judges’ positive reaction to his daughter’s performance. He gave Haven a hug and told her she “did so good.”



Haven Got a Golden Ticket to Hollywood

“Young lady, your songwriting ability is incredible,” Richie told Haven. “You can be anything you wanna be right now. It’s believable. Artist, voice, songwriting. Check, check, check. I don’t see anything wrong now, except the world doesn’t know a thing about you. But they will.”

Perry praised the “vocal decisions” Haven made in her performance, adding that her song “has a lot of opportunity to be something.” Luke Bryan said it was “really special” that she was able to speak to other people her age through music.

Haven received three “yes” votes from the judges to earn a Golden Ticket to Hollywood. You might remember that Haven was one of three singers eligible for a Platinum Ticket from fans late last year. That ticket ended up going to Elijah McCormick instead.

Check out the Season 21 premiere of American Idol this Sunday, February 19, at 8/7c on ABC.

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