American Idol returns to ABC on Sunday, Feb. 19 for its Season 21 premiere.
Here’s more about Tyson.
* He’s a 17-year-old Filipino-Canadian singer whose music has a heavy jazz influence.
* In 2020, at age 14, he competed on the second season of The Voice Teens in the Philippines. He turned three chairs with a blind audition performance of “A Change is Gonna Come.”
* From Vancouver, Canada, Tyson won in the battle round as well, but then had to drop out of the competition prior to the knockouts because of pandemic-related travel restrictions.
* In a December 2021 interview, Tyson said he began singing at age 3, repeating lullabies back to his mom with a jazzy bent.
* By age 7, he was competing and winning the PNE Star Showdown, a Canadian talent competition, with a performance of Nat King Cole’s “Route 66.” He became the show’s youngest winner ever.
* With the victory came a cash prize of $5,000 that he used on voice, jazz piano and trumpet lessons. And a high-five from one of his biggest idols, Michael Buble.
* Tyson says his other major musical influences include Lizzo, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder and Bruno Mars.
* Prior to The Voice Teens, he performed at Carnegie Hall and The Apollo in New York in 2016 and appeared on the TV show “Little Big Shots” in 2018, performing “Superstition.”
* In that 2021 interview, he talks about releasing two original songs — “What If” and “Never Give Up” — but they no longer appear to be available on U.S. streaming sites.
* Tyson says what he loves most about performing is “making people happy and helping them forget about all of their worries.”
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