TYLER Allen revealed that his sister and nephew’s died in a horrific car accident, leaving the American Idol judges stunned.
The Idol contestant brought Katy Perry to tears when he shared the heartbreaking story of his loss.
Tyler lost his nephew in a horrific car accidentCredit: Instagram/tylernallen
He dedicated his performance to the little boyCredit: Getty
Katy was brought to tearsCredit: ABC
Tyler, 24, opened up about the tragic death of both his sister and nephew during his audition on Saturday’s premiere.
“Today is a special day for me, I’m dedicating this to my nephew who passed away this past April,” he began.
“Him and his mother, they were in a terrible accident. They were hit by an 18-wheeler and they died instantaneously,” the singer revealed.
Later, in a confessional, Tyler added: “When Noah passed he was one. He had just started walking and talking.
“I never thought I would have to go through something like this with my family,” he admitted.
“Noah was like the promised child I would say. When it happened, I was more of the rock for each family, making sure everyone was okay.
He continued: “We have each other but that part is missing. So how do we cope with that?”
“I’m gonna get through it, I can do it, but putting him to rest was the hardest thing.
“Though he’s not here I do believe he’s in a far better place and I’m going to see him again.”
Back in front of the judges, Tyler revealed that the song he chose was the one he used to sing to his nephew when he would “rock him to sleep.”
The contestant then sang a beautiful rendition of I Believe In You and Me by Whitney Houston, moving Katy and the others to tears.
The celebrity judge was inconsolable while hearing Tyler’s story, as she could be seen crying throughout his audition.
Her fellow judge Luke Bryan then chimed in to say: “Katy is a wreck,” and Lionel Richie agreed: “Mess,” as she continued sobbing.
The scene ended with a unanimous vote to send Tyler to Hollywood to compete in the next round.
The famed singing competition returned for its 20th season over the weekend, with a few changes in the works.
The program will be celebrating 20 years since it first premiered in 2002, and host Ryan Seacrest has some surprises in store for viewers.
The beloved trio of judges returned this season, and executive producer and showrunner, Megan Wolflick said they were thrilled to welcome them back.
“The chemistry and passion Katy, Luke, Lionel, and Ryan bring is second to none. We couldn’t be more ecstatic that they are returning for this iconic 20th season in search of the freshest new talent that this nation has to offer.”
However, Bobby Bones who was the fourth judge in the previous four seasons was removed due to conflicting commitments.
In a now-expired Instagram post, Bones said, “Some of you noticed I’m not in the Idol promos this season. My contract (with) my new network won’t let me do another show right now. Love Idol, btw. Was a great 4 years.”
Wolflick said they don’t have another person lined up to take Bones’ place, but there are alternative ideas in the works to include former American Idol contestants and winners.
Tyler’s sister and nephew passed in a massive accidentCredit: Facebook
The judges were touched by his story and talentCredit: ABC
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