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‘American Idol’ Contestant with Magical Voice Comes out as Gay – Judges Call Him a ‘Serious Pro’

Razia Meer
Mar 20, 2019
05:04 A.M.
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"American Idol" contestant, Jorgie, came out of the closet on Monday, on the big screen in front of his fans, family, and idols.

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Jorgie, 23, used his fifteen seconds of fame while on stage on Monday's episode of "American Idol" to come out to his family and community as gay.

Jorgie's audition for American Idol. | Source: YouTube/ABC

Jorgie's audition for American Idol. | Source: YouTube/ABC

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Due to his community's conservative beliefs, the Israeli man growing up "ashamed" of his identity. Jorgie decided not to call them up to tell them but to have them find out through a public announcement.

He credits Katy Perry as his inspiration as he finally believed homosexuality had a place in the mainstream after she released "I Kissed A Girl."

Kate Perry at Jorgie's audition for American Idol. | Source: YouTube/ABC

Kate Perry at Jorgie's audition for American Idol. | Source: YouTube/ABC

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He shared with them his childhood experience of growing up in Israel where he was constantly being told to be more masculine.

After moving to Los Angeles five years ago, his confidence blossomed and he decided to come clean to his unsuspecting parents and relatives publicly, no holds barred.

He told the judges:

"My family doesn't know that I'm gay, so this is a really big step for me [...] I'm here today to celebrate who I am and to end that era of being in the closet – because it's not fun. I'm ready."

Jorgie's audition for American Idol. | Source: YouTube/ABC

Jorgie's audition for American Idol. | Source: YouTube/ABC

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The singer started his audition by doing an impression of Katy Perry singing before singing his own song entitled "Heaven" about unrequited love.

The judges were blown away by his voice, calling him a "serious pro" and asking him to rethink the name of his band so people don't regard them as silly.

Jorgie's audition for American Idol. | Source: YouTube/ABC

Jorgie's audition for American Idol. | Source: YouTube/ABC

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On a personal note, the judges asked him if his father was aware that he was gay, and he said no, and that his father would be finding out "everything" after watching "American Idol."

He shared with them his childhood experience of growing up in Israel where he was constantly being told to be more masculine.

Jorgie gets the "Yes" vote on American Idol. | Source: YouTube/ABC

Jorgie gets the "Yes" vote on American Idol. | Source: YouTube/ABC

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'I used to be so ashamed and questioned why did God make me this way, but now if you give me a choice of being anything else than what I am I would say no.'

The show's judges are well known for being highly empathetic and sensitive to their fans and the brave people who audition in front of them every week.

They recently were extremely touched by a widow who described her journey to the auditions after losing her biggest fan, her husband.

Perry encouraged Jorgie and told him he has a real chance of "being his dream" and most especially that he was enough, winning three "yes" votes, ending his audition with the words:

"We love you just the way you are."

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