'America Idol' has its most inspirational moment

(L-R) Judges Randy Jackson, Mariah Carey, Keith Urban, and Nicki Minaj, and host Ryan Seacrest during the AMERICAN IDOL session at the 2013 FOX WINTER TCA on Tuesday, Jan. 8 at the Langham Hotel in Pasadena CA. (Photo: Frank Micelotta / FOX)

Usually when American Idol tries to stir our emotions, it does so with sob stories that leave us feeling cheap and manipulated.

But on Thursday’s call-back episode from Chicago, the show presented a young man and a story and a moment that were truly moving.

The footage speaks quite eloquently. You might want to get some hankies ready before you press Play.


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