Monroe teen Benson Boone is making headlines after a recent audition on American Idol.
After being greeted by judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie, the 18-year-old local performed “Punchline” by Aidan Martin while accompanying himself on the piano.
The judges were unanimously stunned by Boone’s humility and natural ability.
“Some folks need to practice, and some are just gifted,” said Richie.
“I see American Idol and I see you. And I see you winning American Idol,” added Perry.
Earning an enthusiastic “yes” from all three judges and a golden ticket to Hollywood, Boone ended his audition with a backflip across the stage. The audition comes about a year after Boone started to take singing seriously: he hadn’t considered pursuing the art until he was invited by a friend to serve as the frontman of a recently formed band.
Watch Boone’s audition here.