Genavieve Linkowski, American Idol contestant from 2018, is back in 2020 with a touching performance following the tragic loss of her sister in 2019.
Genavieve Linkowski is no stranger to American Idol. In fact, she auditioned in 2018 and made it all the way to Hollywood.
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Along the way, her family wholeheartedly supported her as she pursued her dream. And one standout supporter was Genavieve Linkowski's sister Corrin who was even at her very first American Idol audition.
Sadly, Corrin lost her life after a bad car accident at the age of 18.
“She went home to be with God,” Genavieve explained in a tearful video.
Tragic Loss Inspires Emotional Audition
The death took a toll on Genavieve.
"I felt really lost,” she said. “I had no motivation to sing whatsoever. My passion was gone for a while and my voice was gone for a while. I just didn't know how to do life without her because I always did life with her. But I know that Corrin would still want me to push forward with this."
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As she fought through tears before the audition, her mom comforted her by saying, "I know Corrin is just watching over you. She's singing with angels."
The tragic story instantly resonated with the judges. And for her American Idol return, Genavieve Linkowski chose the song ‘How Am I Suppose To Live Without You'. Her unique rendition was a big hit.
Katy Perry said, "I just felt that song through and through. I mean, you were singing that song from your pain that you've been through."
Lionel Ritchie also raved about Genavieve's strength and vocal performance.
"It took a lot of guts to come back and stand up, but I really must tell you, I love that performance."
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Ultimately, with Corrin's spirit by her side, Genavieve earned her ticket to Hollywood. Who else is rooting for this young girl?
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