COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX) — Sunday night, two Columbus City Schools students will appear on American Idol in hopes of earning a golden ticket so they can advance to Hollywood.
Tryzdin Grubbs, 16, and Deshawn Goncalves, 20, will appear on the hit show Sunday night.
Grubbs is a sophomore at Fort Hayes Arts and Academic High School.
“Auditioning for American Idol has been a dream of mine since I was eight years old,” Grubbs said. “I think this is one of the many doors God has opened for me. I am taking that chance and never looking back. Through a lot of negativity and bullying, I have succeeded. I have a gift, and I want to share it with everyone.”
Goncalves graduated from East High School in 2019.
“It was kind of surreal being there because I’ve dreamed about it for so many years,” Goncalves said. “I’ve watched since I was a child, so to be in the room with those people, the judges, and share my gift was kind of unreal.”
They both auditioned for American Idol earlier this year in California.
Grubbs was born two and half months premature and was put on a ventilator to help his lungs develop. His mother said doctors said his prognosis was not good.
“He has proved them all wrong,” Grubb’s mother Lisa Grubbs said.
Lisa knew her son had a gift when he sang Adele’s “Hello” in an Ohio barbershop when he was 11.
Like Grubbs, Goncalves also started singing at a young age.
He has already released a single with the Paragon Project titled “Time is the Teacher.”
American Idol airs at 8 p.m. Sunday on ABC 6.