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Source: ABC

'American Idol' Star Wade Cota Is the Real Deal

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We're officially in the voting portion of American Idol and singer Wade Cota continues to impress the judges with his raspy, soulful voice. The Top 14 contestant performed for the first time in front of a live audience on April 14 with a rendition of “Trouble” by Ray LaMontagne, and brought judges — Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, and Luke Bryan — to their feet for a standing ovation. 

“I am giving you the name, Wade 'The Hammer,'" Lionel told the Idol contestant. "What you just did tonight was you brought the hammer. That was powerful. I love it!” Echoing his sentiments, Luke also praised Wade, adding, "When you sing with your body, when you use your whole body to sing, it took the energy of the room. It was a spiritual moment... It fires us up as judges, and the crowd can feel it too.”