The Indo-Guyanese and Mexican singer Alyssa Raghunandan has created a stir ever since her “American Idol” audition almost two weeks ago. Her soulful rendition of Ariana Grande’s “Almost is Never Enough” won the hearts of not only the viewers but also the reality show’s judges, especially Katy Perry, who claimed that Raghunandan’s voice was so good, she’d be one of the top 10 contestants.
The season 16 premiere of the singing competition “American Idol,” which was revived by ABC with judges Perry, Lionel Richie, and Luke Bryan, aired on March 11. That’s when Raghunandan wowed us with her performance.
Last night, the 15-year-old proved her prowess yet again in her performance of Bette Midler’s “Wind Beneath My Wings.” It elicited another positive response from everybody in the audience and the judges.
Clearly, she is one of Perry’s favorites because this is what she tweeted about Raghunandan.
— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) March 27, 2018
Her introductory video showed that Raghunandan was raised in Orlando by her single father after their parents got a divorce when she was two. While she is very close to her mother and calls her a great woman, Raghunandan is extremely close to her father and calls him her best friend. She claims he has always encouraged her to follow her musical dreams and even accompanied her to the auditions.
Raghunandan’s credits include her first single “Leave,” available on Spotify and iTunes. She starred in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s production of “In The Heights.” Her YouTube channel comprises videos of Raghunandan’s singing, including covers of Ne-Yo’s “S o Sick,” Bruno Mars’s “When I Was Your Man” and more. She recently performed at the March for Our Lives protest in her hometown of Orlando, Florida.
Raghunandan isn’t shy about breaking barriers and is vocal about her pride in her heritage. Her success also means an increased representation of the marginalized Indo-Guyanese community. For her, this is just the beginning and we are ready to see her come through as a winner. #TeamRaghu all the way.
There are so many children in Guyana that are so grateful, humble and kind who just want a chance to LEARN. I was able to perform at their charity for the “Save Abee Foundation”. We are all one family, and I’m proud to represent Guyana in this season of @americanidol. Thank you for the beautiful trophy🏆🍝#TEAMRAGHU #ProudToBeGuyanese 🇬🇾🌟 @lionelrichie @katyperry @lukebryan