DJ Johnson Brings Katy Perry To Tears With Her Original Song 'Scars' - American Idol 2021
After an emotional, mid-song breakdown, while performing her original song “Scars” for Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan, DJ Johnson finds the strength to carry through with her audition, thanks to her dad. WARNING: Do not watch this if you’re not ready to cry!
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AMERICAN IDOL, the iconic series that revolutionized the television landscape by pioneering the music competition genre, returns on ABC.
American Idol 2021
Helping to determine who America will ultimately vote for to become the next singing sensation are music industry forces and superstar judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie. Emmy® Award-winning host and producer Ryan Seacrest continues as host of the beloved series, while multimedia personality Bobby Bones serves as the in-house mentor.

  • Keiana Monique
    Keiana Monique

    Man oh man 🙏🏾🙏🏾😭😭😭

  • Thai Hush
    Thai Hush


  • Sofia Ferraz
    Sofia Ferraz

    this dad >>>>>>> lt. dan

  • Michael Jones
    Michael Jones

    I love you. Don't listen to negative people. I'm back TO BREAK IT SWEETIE!

  • Michael Jones
    Michael Jones

    Angels. 🤗😇

  • Emily Velez
    Emily Velez

    Is this a real song I want it on my phone

  • Mrs.George Glass
    Mrs.George Glass

    Wow your entire demeanor reminds me of my oldest sister except our loss isn't the same, however similar!

  • Luna&Geo 09
    Luna&Geo 09

    Wow 😭♥️

  • john sallese
    john sallese

    American idol is about judges hugging contestants and this covid ruined it, it gives the contestants that extra boost they need knowing that a celebrity loves their voice. Its upsetting really.

  • Janet Fatimah
    Janet Fatimah

    Three compassionate and humble down to earth Judges. God Bless the Judges and the contestant and her dad and her siblings

  • Faithdestinyhope Gonzalez
    Faithdestinyhope Gonzalez

    I don't know who needs to hear this but always follow your dreams even if it may seem like you want to give up don't keep on going hold onto your faith and just live life like it's your last day here on earth.Blessings to everyone be safe and enjoy the moments that you do have here now with the ones that love you.

  • Sandra Ray
    Sandra Ray


  • Crystal Cici
    Crystal Cici

    Lord, I cried so much with this one 🙏💕

  • January

    But she can"t sing

  • אהבה שלי
    אהבה שלי

    Made me cry so much 😭😭😭💖

  • Katherine Sandoval
    Katherine Sandoval

    Don't be so quick to judge DJ's mom...there is always more to a story than meets the eye

    • bob sponge
      bob sponge

      Please tell us her story.

  • Sharon Snover
    Sharon Snover

    Incredible talented amazing young lady as well as her original song which I hope will be a message that reaches others to not allow others choices limit her gift and abilities and use this as a pathway for healing. I was disappointed she was let go with American Idol , however hopefully gives her future opportunities with American Idol recognition. Father support is beautiful. May God bless her

  • Satu Moon
    Satu Moon

    Well i hope her mom watched this and was filled with regret.

  • lorien Ray
    lorien Ray

    No parent should put down their child, she had real deep issues she took on you, not right. My Daughter had same relationship with her Father and he walked out when she was 18 months, he came and went, but I always reminded her she had me and there are some people that have no one, so I love her enough for two. You are a beautiful soul with a gift you worked hard on, you are special as you have all that love from Dad, remember that.

  • bisket2003

    Man, who's cutting the onions in here???

  • Itsss Lee
    Itsss Lee

    Stop when they zoomed into Katy's face and she was crying

  • Vicki B
    Vicki B

    One of the best auditions I’ve EVER seen! Wow she’s amazing! Love Love Love this girl! ❤️🙏🏻💯

  • pat bai
    pat bai

    That moment when you are in the pick of your emotions then comes the advertisement.... So fucking crazy.. hahaha i hate ads

  • Ma’s Videos
    Ma’s Videos

    Her song! 🥺😭😭😭😭😭

  • Chanice Young
    Chanice Young

    Omg its way to early for me to be 😢

  • Banter JoJo
    Banter JoJo

    Song is good but her voice is not.

  • Mshima ChitChats
    Mshima ChitChats

    Amazing.... cried all through! Omggggg

  • MSF

    Without the back story though. Just objectively listening.. It's middle of the road

  • Nelson Sousa
    Nelson Sousa

    Kelley clarkson vs

  • Charm Erazo
    Charm Erazo

    Watching this at 1:47am, and i cannot stop crying 😭

  • Brandy Robinson
    Brandy Robinson

    First of all how does a mother leave her child period! But 10 children and a husband... this broke my heart but that was beautiful

  • Rawle Medford
    Rawle Medford

    Love these judges

  • Valexi Mar
    Valexi Mar

    I mean... I feel for her. But this is your big break. Get it together sister! Or sing a diff song to begin with. Geez!

  • Chris Maxey
    Chris Maxey

    She can sing her mom was just mad because she can not sing at all. Well it takes a spankings trash to do that to your own kids.

  • Johnny Dogs
    Johnny Dogs


  • N M
    N M

    I prefer uplifting songs.

  • Ronell Trail
    Ronell Trail

    Her story broke mi into tear's through out the song❣️ur great hun

  • Euniece Montoya
    Euniece Montoya

    The way he just put the pen down and came to her it was such a beautiful moment🥺

    • Euniece Montoya
      Euniece Montoya

      Or whatever he put down😅

  • Lena Coates
    Lena Coates

    This song was amazing and I loved her, I'm so sad that she got eliminated tonight 😢

    • Cayden and Lucas Gaming
      Cayden and Lucas Gaming

      Yeah right I miss her

  • Kat H
    Kat H

    DJ let not your heart be troubled. You deserved to go through for Hollywood you are awesome. Don't quit trying.

  • BC Roasters
    BC Roasters

    Never give up. Your voice and your personality touches hearts. This is just a beginning!

  • james lyles
    james lyles

    I love this original song I think it’s a big hit


    Why would a mother do that to her child 😔

  • Yolanda Garcia
    Yolanda Garcia

    The judges are incredibly caring but I love their attitude so humane!!! Beautifull to see that .

  • J Nicole
    J Nicole

    This lump in my throat hurts 😭😭😭🥺🥺🥺 who put this bowl of onions here?!

  • American Made
    American Made

    That was a beautiful and powerful song. This is tuff as this is the second song I have heard that I believe was well written and want to hear more of with their voice.

  • Deborah Kirshner / O’Neill
    Deborah Kirshner / O’Neill

    That Song needs to be Recorded She was on Spot , She is wondering God Bless

  • Alif El Haqq
    Alif El Haqq

    She makes me cry and bring my tears back a lot😣😢😢😢

  • dachshunds channel
    dachshunds channel

    sometimes its better if a toxic person leaves...they are better without someone like that...but she needs to find happiness asap and sing about happy times, she is FAR to young to be this broken for long...pick yourself up girl and enjoy life...

  • Marcie M
    Marcie M

    Omg had me in tears... such an amazing song and she has a beautiful voice

  • Francine Edwards
    Francine Edwards

    You are beautiful girl. Sing your heart out.

  • Mae Alavar
    Mae Alavar

    How can a mother be okay leaving a scar in her children 💔💔💔😭😭😭

  • combatshox

    great judges and real people

  • Dylan Batchelor
    Dylan Batchelor

    The 2nd go a round was much better & stronger.

  • Ronald Brown
    Ronald Brown

    Lord open up windows to haven send out bless she cannot contains

  • Bird83mdbaby

    Damn, damn daaamn I'm crying 😢 over it

  • thay jana
    thay jana

    Katy cried and I cried 😢❤️

  • Quadmft

    i genuinely can't stop crying

  • Haumea

    Love her

  • glenn curley
    glenn curley

    That song and that story was so touching!

  • Vijay Abram
    Vijay Abram

    Aku tidak mengerti arti lagu ini. Dari pertama dia bernyanyi aku sudah menangis

  • Gani Olarte
    Gani Olarte

    Thank you dj. I love you. Thanks for inspiring me.💕

  • george amaya
    george amaya


  • Sajia Hanif
    Sajia Hanif

    The candy crush ad that interrupted this song was pure violence.

  • Jamir Toshi
    Jamir Toshi

    She is amazing, I want to buy the song , she singing just her and the piano , just like she sang after her dad came and stood by her .

  • Ginger Blair
    Ginger Blair

    Karen Carpenter had same experience with her Mom. Always her brother came first.

  • Kody Easter
    Kody Easter

    What an incredible dad. Pride and selfishness has (and will continue) to ruin so many marriages. I'm pulling for her this year.

  • Joyce Joseph
    Joyce Joseph

    I loved the way the judges make you feel comfortable and strong enough to continue while you break down emotionally.God bless you judges ❤️👍🙏

  • Lazette Ramirez
    Lazette Ramirez

    She sings so beautiful and is truly gifted , I know she will get far!💕💞

  • Daniel Cobb
    Daniel Cobb

    Geez, she slayed everybody in there...

  • Cheyenne Schroeder
    Cheyenne Schroeder

    I feel like Katie can relate to her in some way and that’s why she wanted her to finish the song. Beautiful girl and song don’t give up ❤️🤞🏻

  • Maria Scott
    Maria Scott

    Hope she wins! She really got me with her own composed song. Stay brave and your great motivation will be your pain.

  • lja000

    They weren’t allowed to hug her, but Lionel pushed his magic handkerchief toward her...that he had in his pocket and held in his hands...that she wiped over her eyes. So we know it wasn’t “sterile”. Fear IS the worst virus. People need each see a smile or a frown on other’s faces, hold another’s hand, to hug someone’s neck. Stop the fear. She was wonderful ... and her dad is a hero.

  • TheCanadianGamingPenguin

    I'm glad that Perry said that she needed to finish that song -- I completely agreed, and I'm glad that she was able to finish! I cannot imagine the pain that others leave when a parent openly chooses to leave. I do recognize that sometimes they have stuff going on in their life that they need to work out, and that's what sometimes causes them to leave in the first place... But, to just... walk away. :( My mom never left physically, but her mind has been gone in some ways for many years, and only getting worse.... It is not easy, even in this regard, but I am grateful that she is still physically present. What's going on with her mind causes my Dad, sister, and I a great deal of stress, anxiety, pain, etc. This situation is worse when people start believing the things that she says, in her state of paranoia, etc. Even worse still is that whatever is going on with her mind, has affected her in such a way that she doesn't recognize that she needs help. She is sort of getting that help, but with covid right now, it's made getting that help significantly more difficult.... This song reflects on the scars that I have on my heart because of the situation with my mother... not in the same way as to the meaning of the song, but I can relate nonetheless. I can't decide what is worse... losing a parent to death, losing a parent because of their choice to leave, or losing a parent to the mental suffering that is occurring to them (be it treatable or not). Life is not easy. :(

  • Keefy Gizzle
    Keefy Gizzle

    I've never seen Katy cry like that...

  • Sophia DiCristoforo
    Sophia DiCristoforo

    I hope her mom is watching this


    It's an amazing song, young lady. My opinion, your Mom wasn't happy with her self. Do what you need to DO to heal. Bless you Dad. Yes, you are talented. Start healing. Good luck on your journey😊🙏

  • Jim Li
    Jim Li

    It’s so embarrassing that I am crying when I listened to her sang. That’s extremely fantastic song

  • angie c
    angie c

    She had me in tears. Reminded me of how much I miss my husband lost to covid 19. A year ago it still hurts. 😪

  • Maria Magdalena
    Maria Magdalena

    Awww poor girl 🥺 her mother sounds like a horrible person!

  • The Famous 5 Kidz
    The Famous 5 Kidz

    Oh I love her!!!!!!!!!!!! 😍😍😍

  • Becky Estrada
    Becky Estrada

    I love to see wonderful father's like this.

  • waleed sulaiman
    waleed sulaiman

    I'm picturing her mom, sitting , listening and reflecting.......

  • jennifer Timmons
    jennifer Timmons

    Shine, girl! Shine on. Let God heal that relationship. Only He can heal your heart, sweetie. God has brought my adult daughter and adult son ...They left my house but I never stopped loving them! We all 5 are reunited! Glory be to God. ❤️

  • Noelle Vanderheyden
    Noelle Vanderheyden

    She is amazing I want her to win she seems like a winner

  • Henrietta Oppenhammer-Streaty
    Henrietta Oppenhammer-Streaty

    Hello From Coldsping Texas.

  • Henrietta Oppenhammer-Streaty
    Henrietta Oppenhammer-Streaty

    Thank God for her loving Dad , She Is An Amazing Singer. Continued Prayers For Her And Her Family . She Is # 1 not a 6 .

  • sandcram

    Anyone else know her mom toxic af?

  • Denise Mohan-Mahabir
    Denise Mohan-Mahabir

    Hi and good morning to you all 🙋❤ God bless🙏 America idol 👍

  • Carla Jackson
    Carla Jackson

    I cried and your perseverance made my heart smile!!! Prayers and love sent to you and your family

  • Aditiya Gama
    Aditiya Gama

    Good god, 10 kids and left? 😭

  • Aubree Beldon
    Aubree Beldon

    This made me cry, and I can normally keep my composure during sad things or whatever, but dang. She is so talented.

  • Bilal

    I didn't cry 💙🫂🧿🧿🧿

  • Maria Marghareta
    Maria Marghareta

    She reminds me of Kelly Clarkson somehow. I just think her scars have made her so amazing.

  • Jill Hebert-Devore
    Jill Hebert-Devore

    I love Lionel Richie!!!!

  • Noodlestick

    Thats her outlet; the given reasons we all must keep going. It's so hard sometimes, but worthwhile cause it will always drive someone to be better in the end. Smarter, faster, stronger, and happier.

  • Jung Kim
    Jung Kim

    God is good!

  • J M
    J M

    Lionel Richie was the best thing to ever happen to this show.

    • Mrs.George Glass
      Mrs.George Glass

      He adds such a humane and nurturing tremendous quality!

    • Jennifer Grace Hebel
      Jennifer Grace Hebel

      He’s so sweet!!!

    • Eva Jonsson
      Eva Jonsson

      Yeees he is human

    • K P
      K P

      You’ve got that right.

  • thecraigpaul

    Damn I cried too, this song would totally be a number one if it was out today! It’s the best sad song I’ve heard in my life

  • arsh i
    arsh i

    She wasnt ur mom,she just gave u birth

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