March 26, 2018 at 12:26 pm PDT | by Mariah Cooper
Former ‘American Idol’ contestant returns to compete in drag

Ada Vox (Screenshot courtesy of YouTube)

A former “American Idol” contestant returned to audition as their drag queen persona on Sunday night’s episode.

Adam Sanders first auditioned for the reality competition series in season 12 when he was 19 years old. Sanders was cut after making it to the top 50.

He shares that after appearing on TV he received hateful messages on social media about his sexuality and weight.

“I let it get to me in the wrong way. It killed me inside,” Sanders says.

He decided to reinvent himself as his drag alter ego, Ada Vox.

Vox sang “House of the Rising Sun” by The Animals for her audition receiving praise from judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie. However, before giving an answer Perry asks Vox if she’s ready to be a serious pop star.

“I’m not here to play with anybody. I’m here to chase my dreams and make them come true,” Vox replies.

Her audition ends with three yes votes and a golden ticket to Hollywood.

Watch Vox’s audition below.

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