Patchogue’s Christian Guardino is wowing the nation this season of ABC’s American Idol

Last week, American Idol made the big jump from 20 to 14 contestants. Christian was the second contestant to secure the votes to safely enter the Top 10. Judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan & Lionel Richie had a hand in saving 4 other hopefuls.

Christian Guardino brought the world & Katy Perry to tears with his bone chilling performance of John Lennon’s 1971 classic “Imagine.”

“Imagine there’s no heaven/ It’s easy if you try/ No hell below us/ Above us, only sky/ Imagine all the people/ Livin’ life in peace,” he sang, sweeping into a flawless falsetto before launching into the song’s iconic chorus.

The judges applauded Christian on his perfect performance with Luke Bryan saying, “You just slayed that performance. I didn’t hear anything but perfection.”

Lionel Richie expressed an equally positive sentiment in his comments for Guardino. “You are the poster child for the power of the human spirit. There are so many people in the world who would say ‘This is what’s wrong with my life,’ and then you walk out and say, ‘Let me tell you what’s next,’ and you’ve taken all of your blessings and joined us on this stage. We love what you’re doing.”

Once Katy Perry was able to stop crying, she told Guardino that she was not only blown away by his talent, but also his backstory. Earlier in the night, Guardino shared he had previously gone blind due to a rare eye condition before undergoing experimental surgery at 13 years old and regaining his vision.

“Hearing what you have overcome and the mountains you’ve climbed and the attitude of gratitude that you have, and then you sing ‘Imagine,’ which is a world-changing song…you were put on this planet to do something super powerful and you are doing it right now and in this room,” the “Fireworks” singer said. “God bless you, Christian.”

Voting opens Sunday AT THE BEGINNING OF THE EPISODE and CLOSE DURING THE LAST COMMERCIAL! There are 3 voting methods and you can vote 10 times per method! That’s 30 votes you can send for Long Island’s own Christian Guardino!

Here’s how to vote:

* TEXT 21 to 21523

* Website: you need to set up an account with ABC using your email address. IF you have a Disney + account, you would use your same log in.

* AMERICAN IDOL APP- you just need to download the app & sign in as you do on the website/create an account with email (sign in with your Disney + sign in if you have one.)

Let’s go Christian! Bring home the gold to Long Island!! American Idol airs Sunday & Monday night at 8pm on ABC.

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