You have beautiful eyes, Ryan. Did your mom give those
to you? Somebody did. I think she was around. Well, okay. They’re good. My name’s Marna Michele. I’m from Costa Mesa and I’m 27 years old. I have daydreamed about getting a golden ticket since I was 12. This is where my future starts. I truly believe that. I feel like Kelly Clarkson. Do I look like Kelly Clarkson sitting down? When did music start to play a significant role in your life? Sixth grade. And I was like, oh, I’m good at it. And I really liked the attention I got, because it wasn’t negative. It was positive. Growing up was… it’s so funny because I try to, like, make it seem like it was not hard and it was just like “Whatever!” But it wasn’t “whatever”. I was born with a disability called arthrogryposis. My muscles are basically just too weak for my body and my joints are really stiff. So I can move, I can feel, I just cannot walk and I can’t lift my arms above my head. I live a very full life. I have a job. I’m a secretary. I drive my own car. I cook. I clean. It’s everything that my parents weren’t expecting, because they were told not to. And I would not change it for the world. I love my disability. You’ve worked really hard for this.
And I’m very proud of you, sweetheart. Well, it’s cool to have, like, a
really supportive mom. And then a really supportive boyfriend. So, I’m really happy you’re both here with me. Growing up, I never had somebody that was in a wheelchair who I looked up to. My closest person that resembled me when I grew up — because I used to wear like braces and walk with them — was Forrest Gump. I want to be that inspiration for the little girl, or little boy that’s looking at the TV going, well, where am I? How am I being represented? Now, I think it’s time that someone is an American Idol who, you know, isn’t perfect. I have very many flaws and I think that I would make a really good American Idol because of that. How are you? I’m so good. Tell us about your life. Tell us about you. I was born with a disability called arthrogryposis. It’s a muscle and joint disorder. I can’t high five you, but I can fist bump and then I just can’t get out of this chair and, like, run and skip and do things. But, it’s like my best friend. It gets me to and from where I need to go. So…. What’s happening, huh? Oh, my God, those are so cute! Thank you. Fist bump! Proud of you. Thank you. Oh! Oh, my gosh. You guys are all beautiful humans. So, give it to us. [SINGING] Luke? Yeah. You’ve got an incredible range. I just want you to have a little more cry in your voice, maybe, too. Yeah, when she’s doing that. I mean, you know, just, really dig in. Yeah. I have a suggestion. Yes, sir. I noticed you can’t wait to get to the [SNAPS]. Where’s that high note? When actually, I want you to concentrate on the story you’re telling because it becomes flat in terms of the emotion, the feeling. You guys really do teach and I love it. We try! Let’s vote, you guys. Luke? Yes. Wow. Katy? You really aced that exercise. It’s a yes. Wow! You have a big ole yes from me. You’re going to Hollywood. Thank you guys. Thank you so much. I’m zoomin’! I’m zoomin’! I’m really going to take what you said to heart and I’m going to practice my little heart out. We are going to treat you the same and put the same pressure on you. And as per that exercise, you’re going to do just fine. Thank you. Have a good night. This is amazing, it’s the best experience so far in my life. I did it! She got it! And I didn’t just do it. I got a
vocal lesson from Katy Perry.