Venezuelan singer Michelle Sussett is one of the hopeful contestants on the 16th season of American Idol, premiering on ABC on Mar. 11. Sussett shared a sneak peek of the show with a video post on Instagram that captured her enthusiastic reaction after auditioning before judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan.

Sussett is no stranger to music competitions. In 2015, she won $5,000 after winning the Ultimate Miami Voice contest. On social media, she wrote that she bought herself a car with the prize money and gave the rest to her mother.

Sussett came to the United States with her family in July of 2014 in the midst of the humanitarian crisis in her native Caracas, where food shortages, electricity blockouts and inflation continue to be the norm under Nicolás Maduro’s regime. Her hopes for a better life and jump-starting her music career inspired her to audition for American Idol in 2016 with no luck. But this year, she’s finally getting her shot to wow audiences nationwide.

Right before her 2018 audition, Sussett shared a video, confessing that being a contestant had been a farfetched dream of hers for years: “I still remember when I was …read more



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