AMERICAN IDOL: Mario Bondse performs in front of the Judges on AMERICAN IDOL airing Wednesday, Jan. 20 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. © 2016 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Craig Blankenhorn / FOX.

American Idol 2016 Philadelphia Audition – Mario Bonds – Inseparable

Mario Bonds – Inseparable by Natalie Cole – He’s convinced music has “healing powers.” He describes himself as a “sexy black boy.” He lost his eyesight at 10 due to a degenerative disease.  He describes how he overcame his anger at losing his sight, and how his grandmother helped him lead a normal life. His backstory is more interesting than his singing, however. Yipes. This performance is all over the place. ETA: Mario was a contestant on the Glee Project 2. Eliminated in week 5, he wasn’t impressive in that competition either. Somewhere Over The Rainbow (Skip to the end of the clip). Super-awkward performance that lead to Mario’s elimination. Skip to 5:16. Jlo liked a lot of it but…  Oh. The judges are about to shut down the boy with the big backstory! Harry says he’s a powerful presence, and he has talent, but he didn’t hear what he needed. Keith loves his energy and light, but the performance didn’t connect. Mario begs to do one more song. Nope. He cries right in front of them. Ouch. This is awkward. Mario tells himself over and over again that he blew it. Its sad to watch, but in no way was Mario’s performance Hollywood-worthy 3 nos.

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