“People think that I’m faking my big, raspy voice ’cause that’s not how I talk,” Wade Cota said during Sunday’s Top 14 performance episode about all of the “American Idol” haters who’ve been questioning his voice throughout Season 17 of ABC’s reality TV show. “[Since] I just sang metal through puberty, I wrecked my actual voice,” he explained before adding, “If I had never sang metal music I don’t think my voice would sound the way that it does today, so I wouldn’t change it for the world.” Watch his latest performance of “Trouble” above.
“America, you would have been terrified of metal band Wade,” the powerhouse singer joked during the pre-performance video that aired before his rendition of Ray LaMontagne‘s classic song. “I got mistaken for a girl a lot, which was dope,” Wade noted about his formerly long hair. If you want Wade to advance to the Top 10 of “American Idol,” make sure to vote for him to stay. The results will be revealed during Monday’s episode.
Following his raspy performance of “Trouble,” judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan all gave Wade a standing ovation. “I am giving you the name ‘Wade the Hammer,'” declared Lionel. “And what you just did tonight was you dropped the hammer, my brother. That was powerful. I love it!”
Katy added, “This is such a great example of great song choice. You picked the right song. It was amazing, it was emotional, it was strong. I love knowing that you’re a metal-head. I believe in your voice so much.”
And Luke chimed in, “Wade, when you sang with your body, you took the energy of the room. It was a spiritual moment … it fires us up.”
In his “American Idol” live blog, our recapper Denton Davidson had this to say about the performance: “With guitar in hand, Wade’s husky and recognizable vocals instantly cut through the audience like a knife. Wade’s likable personality and sincere vocal performances are certain to make him one of this season’s front-runners. When he hits the chorus, he does a riff that is almost gospel in flare. I enjoyed his performance.”
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