Filipino-American Francisco Martin was shaking in his boots as he walked into the American Idol audition room.
American Idol judges Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie noticed how nervous the 18-year-old Californian was and walked over to his spot to try to calm him down. Lionel hugged him and Luke even pretended to read his pulse. Like, that helped. It made the College of San Mateo pre-law student even more nervous.
Then came the performance. He sang Maggie Rogers' "Alaska."
Katy Perry was so impressed with his voice that she even raised her thumb in approval! Luke and Lionel teased Francisco and said he got them with his "great trick."
"I love the way you set us up. I'm a little afraid, I'm a little timid, I'm not quite sure...pow!" Lionel commented.
Katy wanted more from him, so she asked him to perform one of his original songs.
Francisco obliged and performed a song about his Australian female friend Tyra.
"She doesn't sound like a friend," Katy commented, which made Francisco giggle and stop singing.
Near the end of the American Idol YouTube video, the judges were so impressed with the still nervous Francisco, they all stood up from their chairs and told him in unison: "You're going to Hollywood."
With the mad props he got from the judges, you'd wonder if Francisco Martin is the next American Idol winner.
Meanwhile, here's a Twitter post proving his Pinoy connection. You can hear one of his Pinoy homies shouting "Pogi amp*ta!" while they all watch a portion of Francisco's American Idol audition clip.
Here's a video by Mark Mactal, showing Francisco on drums with the Filipino band All For Patricia while covering JK Labajo's "Buwan."