Zoanette Johnson blew the “American Idol” judges away when she performed Wednesday night. No one knew what she was going to sing when the blonde, curly-haired Johnson stepped out onto the stage, but they were stunned when she burst out with her version of “The Circle Of Life” from Disney’s “The Lion King.”
“Zoanette, I just want to say. First of all, I have no clue what you’re going to do and sometimes I wonder if you do, too. But, man, forget the king of the jungle, You’re the queen of the jungle right there,” judge Keith Urban said.
Nicki Minaj was in tears, saying:
"Zoanette. Who gone check you boo? You just served. You make me so emotional because when I think of you coming from Liberia and all of those siblings, I am so proud of you. I don't care what people say about you. You're unforgettable. I love you because that song was such a smart choice because it matches who you are."
Randy Jackson noted that some of Johnson's notes might have been off, but it was her energy that moved everyone.
"America. Zoanette showed you right there tonight. That spirit. We're not all up here preaching. That spirit that you have is what it's really about. It's infectious," said Jackson. "It isn't even if the notes are right on. This is happening. She's bringing it."
Mariah Carey applauded Johnson's spirit:
"I am so proud and happy for you. I feel like you're a very giving person. So yay, Zoanette darling," said Carey.
The judges of “American Idol” were clearly impressed with her performance but that doesn’t mean the audience will decide to keep her around.
Check out the video of Johnson singing “The Circle Of Life” from "The Lion King" below. Do you think her rendition of the classic song did it justice?