If you’re a fan of American Idol, you may recognise this contestant from an episode that aired on the 19th of March.
Marcio Donaldson auditioned for the singing competition last season and made it to the Hollywood round, but unfortunately, he went home after the group performance.
However, this year Marcio came back, more ready than ever having learnt so much. In fact, the 28-year-old singer had faced a huge amount of challenges throughout his life. “Growing up in the inner city, it was hard,”
“It was tough, and a lot of people succumb to the circumstances. So I wanted to be a light for those who don’t believe in dreams or don’t see them being possible or obtainable, you know what I’m saying?”
When Marcio was young, he and his sister were placed in foster care. As a way of coping, he turned to music to give him hope.
He continued to pursue his singing dreams and went on to compete on American Idol. But shortly after, he learned that his sister was pregnant.
“You know how they say the cycle repeats. It started off with my mother in the system. Then me in the system. And then my sister had a child.”
Due to issues with drugs, sadly, his sister could not keep her baby. Police showed up at Marcio’s door with the 1-week-old baby and an ultimatum.
“The police and the social worker came to my home, they brought him and here was this week-old baby,” Marcio stated. “They said ‘You have 10 minutes to decide if you will keep the child or he goes in the system.'”
Marcio knew exactly what he had to do. “I looked at them and I said ‘I’ll take him!'”
“I had no idea what I was doing. But he’s actually a real gift. I know it was the right decision. And he’s changed my life.”
Now, taking the stage for American Idol for the second time, he’s now singing for both himself and his adorable nephew.
“I want to show him what a man can really do when you step up to the plate. I want to give him a better life.”
Before he sang, he shared his story with the judges and Lionel Richie, in particular, was touched by his gesture.
For those who may not know, Lionel himself adopted a child, Nicole Richie, when she was just a baby as his bandmate couldn’t look after her so Lionel took it upon himself to raise Nicole as his own.