The judges really do have hearts!
Contestant Kaitlin Corbett Jones’ grandfather was seriously injured in a hostage situation in April (read his story here). After a long and painful recovery, her grandparents, Patrick and Jean Corbett, were on hand to watch their granddaughter sing her way into the top 100 finalists for the 2007 “American Idol” competition in California.
As American Idol judges Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Olivia Newton-John critiqued Kaitlin, they noticed she was holding something in her hand. It was her grandfather’s necklace with a medallion of St. Christopher, the patron saint of travelers. Corbett was wearing the necklace the night he was held hostage.
When the judges quizzed Kaitlin about the jewelry, she told them what happened to her grandfather. The judges invited Patrick Corbett onto the stage so his granddaughter could sing to him. “After everything he’s gone through, it’s a miracle,” Kaitlin said. “He’s endured a lot.”
Although Kaitlin didn’t make it to the Top 24, the segment was filmed and will probably be shown during the audition rounds. Finally, something heartwarming – not painful – to bring us to tears.