Not A Dry Eye In Sight! Ash Ruder Performs An Original Song For Her Dad - American Idol 2021
Ash Ruder and her dad have been through some difficult times together, but that doesn’t stop Ash from gushing over him being a “source of inspiration” for her music. After the judges find out that Ash is about to audition with an original song she wrote about her dad, one that he’s never heard before, they invite him to come in and listen. A beautiful moment is shared between Ash and her father, followed by multiple compliments from Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie. Lionel tells Ash that she has “found the only subject that does not go out of style: love.” Three yeses from the judges and Ash is headed to Hollywood!
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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.

  • Cowabunga dude!
    Cowabunga dude!

    how many cushions does ma boy Lionel need? haha also, very good song.

  • klaas theo vaak
    klaas theo vaak

    wowowowowoowow Ash - overwhelmed with emotion goooosebumps

  • mutang Padan
    mutang Padan

    I didn’t care if she got the yeses. As long as it helped her dad restore hope in himself to change and build up Ashes career and their family relationship, I’m more than happy for them.

  • Sujan Basnet
    Sujan Basnet

    When her dad started to cry my eye was full of water

  • Robert Velasco
    Robert Velasco

    So touching and inspiring!

  • Jewelz04

    Omg i am bawling 😭😭

  • Francesco Sisto
    Francesco Sisto

    If i had a daughter i would like her to be just like this gorgeous, talented, beautiful, kind hearted, lovely young lady. You are so lucky Dad, to have her.

  • Vivienne Marsden
    Vivienne Marsden

    I am in tears that's me and my dad but we both had addictions mine started when he got sober 45 years ago and that's how old I am. I am clean 2 years and getting stronger with my dad having my bck from day 1.

  • Jenny Clark
    Jenny Clark

    I wish I could like this a million times.. Beautiful song, beautiful voice and just Beautiful inside and out

  • Debbie Hill
    Debbie Hill

    I'm so glad that they were able to overcome their past. It is true healing for both of them.

  • Lydia Vsistcucyosgwcohcjoxoydtis
    Lydia Vsistcucyosgwcohcjoxoydtis

    3:07 I'm not lying, the first time I heard this song, I literally burst into tears in my bedroom.

  • Belle Fowler
    Belle Fowler

    I've never connected so much to a song or family. For the first 14 years of my life my dad was on just about everything. Anything he could get his hands on. Everyone was very patient and supportive and one day he called my sisters and I into the bathroom and flushed everything that was left. The withdrawals lasted about 8 months but I've never been so proud. I look up to him for his strength. For being able to do that for his family. My dad and I have never had a stronger relationship than we have for the past 4 years.

  • Maiyank Shah
    Maiyank Shah

    Who else is bawling 😭 no words just god bless you

  • Christopher Pippin
    Christopher Pippin

    She's awesome she can win American Idol this year easily

  • Lexi Lou
    Lexi Lou

    Why haven't I've seen. Her on A.I????

  • Lucy Anna Nixon
    Lucy Anna Nixon

    Hours a day

  • Lucy Anna Nixon
    Lucy Anna Nixon


  • Brooks Sam
    Brooks Sam

    Your daughter loves you very much both of you love one another

  • Regina O'Sullivan
    Regina O'Sullivan

    Wow no money would fix it but daughter and father will💚

  • kimhemm1105

    I know this isn't about the performance, but This story hits home with me & my son. I can feel Ash's Dad's pain 100%. & understand her pain as well. I wish more than anything that I could learn to forgive myself for spending more time drinking & drugging than I did with my son. My son says he forgives me, but it seems now that he is older (38 yrs old) that it really did affect our relationship even tho he has never admitted it. I envy the relationship they have now, & I wish that I could be feeling what her Dad felt while she sang this song to him. He is a very lucky man & she is one heck of a young lady with a gorgeous voice & so much talent. Thanks to American Idol for sharing this entire moment. BEST AUDITION EVER!!!

  • Martin Nosek
    Martin Nosek

    Can you send me whole text someone please? 🙏❤️

  • Crisemma Varela
    Crisemma Varela

    bless her

  • Hanlie Gropp
    Hanlie Gropp

    So lovely and beautiful. Blessings to this dad and daughter. 💜👌🇿🇦

  • thechelseachannel

    This is so beautiful I’m crying

  • kelly DB
    kelly DB

    Will this come out on spotify by any chance, am in the mood for this song on repeat 🥺

  • Darrell Robbins
    Darrell Robbins

    Most beautiful!


    After all that, what if they turned her down? Lol....i live for awkward moments.


    Wow...she uses a audition to put the ultimate guilt trip on him.

  • AP

    lol first world sentimental nonsense

  • Abhishek Pratap
    Abhishek Pratap

    I can relate to this so badly, seeing my father doing stuff and coming home late, which I could not understand why he is doing when I was a teenager, but now he is sober for past 3+years and I saw a side of him I couldn't even imagine he had. Thank you for the song.❤️

  • Martin Campbell
    Martin Campbell

    It's a slightly more unusual dynamic of the child always being there for the parent through the good times and the bad. One thing is for sure - that young lady is a truly wonderful daughter and a wonderful human being. God bless her and her dad ❤️

  • Jessica T
    Jessica T

    " there's apart of him there now that I never saw before". Man that got me! I feel that and hope one day I'll be able to finally see apart of my mom that I know is there but I've never got to see yet.

  • Tom Zart
    Tom Zart

    THE REUNION PRAYER ! Someday they shall dig my hole in the ground In an old-fashioned graveyard just outside of town. The trees there are ancient and so are the stones The people beneath them are just dust and bones. The last time I went there with a fistful of flowers I took the time to reminisce for one or two hours. I looked at the carvings, on granddad’s gravestone "Here lies an outcast who died all alone." A robber of trains, and a buster of banks He took all their money and never said thanks. Then there was grandma who taught Sunday school She said that Satan had made him a fool. My mom and dad lie there side by side I remembered the fire the night they died. Then there was you, dear, who I love most of all. I sure wish your heaven had waited to call. I’m getting old now and most my bones creak It even hurts me just to walk down the street. I'm so feeble, I'm ready to go I pray for reunion with all those I know. Lord, won't you grant me a favor of sort Please send me your angles to take me to court. THANK YOU FOR WHO YOU ARE IN YOUR HEART ! By Tom Zart Google = Most Published Poet BG-chat Tom’s 1,650 Poems Are Free To Share! Google = George Bush Tom Zart

  • Corey Elder
    Corey Elder

    Love this! Recovery is real and this family gets it! This is great stuff young lady! Go for the gold!

  • Tom Zart
    Tom Zart

    A GOOD SONG ! A good tune paints a picture For both your heart and brain. It doesn't need a second chance To make its meaning plain. A good song like the flower The lily or the rose. God plants it in a poet's brain And there its beauty grows. A good tune like a cardinal Is pregnant with song. You can’t help but hear its message As it sings what's right or wrong. A good song helps us remember What the joys of life are for. It makes us want to love someone Till death comes knocking the door. THANK YOU FOR WHO YOU ARE IN YOUR HEART ! By Tom Zart Most Published Poet On The Web Tom’s 1,650 Poems Are Free To Share! Google = Most Published Poet Google = George Bush Tom Zart Google = Most Published Poet BG-chat

  • Paula Osborne
    Paula Osborne

    Crying like a baby here!!!

  • genlan1

    what a beautifull momment........... however...... I do feel some of the lyrics were a dig at the father....I know she didn't mean it to be.....

  • Tonya Hunt
    Tonya Hunt


  • Pauline Warren
    Pauline Warren

    Forgiveness is the greatest gift of all Amen 🙏🏻

  • Jim Turpin
    Jim Turpin


  • Nelly Nellz
    Nelly Nellz

    Real tears 😢😢😢

  • SirGr3mIin


  • Alice Evans
    Alice Evans

    I thought this was just click bait... I was wrong

  • Omar Massey
    Omar Massey

    Dammit whose cutting those onions! 😭😭❤❤

  • Michel Hebou
    Michel Hebou

    Beautiful girl

  • Diana Parsons
    Diana Parsons

    Wow amazing

  • Goldilocks67 RIP
    Goldilocks67 RIP

    Wow, she's amazing, and she loves him. May she be the reason he remains sober. God bless them both 🙏

  • Julie McMahon
    Julie McMahon

    How are there dislikes for this?

  • Jaideep Rai
    Jaideep Rai

    Just plain awesome. No words to describe what that Lil soul went through. Forgiveness is everything.

  • Joyce Shealy
    Joyce Shealy

    Dad! We all been there U are a fabulous man or she wudnt be there!

  • Martin Williams
    Martin Williams

    'We're just kids wondering...' - heartbreaking. How come we didn't see her anymore? Did she drop out of the competition?

  • Ron Duff
    Ron Duff

    Well , there went a gallon of tears ..

  • madeline baudouin
    madeline baudouin

    It begins at 3:12

  • Lilly St.jacques
    Lilly St.jacques


  • Gloria Neiswender
    Gloria Neiswender

    It is a heart breaking experience not to be grown up with a father, I am one, I pray for ! Congratulations to this wonderful young lady , brave and beautiful from the heart.

  • Noel & Kimberlee Dent
    Noel & Kimberlee Dent

    Where is the real Katie??

  • Paula Bruce
    Paula Bruce

    Beautiful song n amazing voice xx

  • Dean Porter
    Dean Porter

    Damn she is good

  • JC Cyr
    JC Cyr


  • Alec Jordan Seekola
    Alec Jordan Seekola

    The most emotional song I have ever heard, Yiu made me cry for my childrens' sake. Love you Ash!

  • Janet Jorgen
    Janet Jorgen

    what a beautiful family, what a beautiful song - and ooooooooooh Im in absolutely tears. THAT touched me to bits. What a talent of a storyteller and singer

  • Nana onie McGhee
    Nana onie McGhee

    Sometimes we have to forgive and put the past behind you the ugly times in your life so you can let it go instead of eating you inside for rest of your life so you can move on and grow somethings in life can be truly hard pending what your destiny is. You will never forget the hurt and pain but you can forgive xxx or if you forever carry the past with you nothing will bring you happiness as you will always carry the baggage throughout rest of your life being stuck still in the past eating you inside mentally and emotionally

  • Jahrett Degroodt
    Jahrett Degroodt

    I miss my dad 😔😔

  • klarhiz Lozano
    klarhiz Lozano

    We need this song in Spotify ♥️

  • Jenny Adams
    Jenny Adams

    cool Awesome "Hear the music "!!

  • Ethan keenan
    Ethan keenan

    I feel her pain my mum was nearly a borderline alcoholic and I got tired and wound up until I eventually told her to stop bursting out into tears 😢 I'm glad she stopped now 5 years later now she's more healthy but drinking on a,special occasion never hurts

  • Craig Kearns
    Craig Kearns

    Wow, just wow.

  • Raylee Brown
    Raylee Brown

    Wish I was watching this in the rain then outside I wouldn’t be sitting here blinking so much ... where’s my tissues all too AMAZING 🥲

  • Just a Small Town Girl
    Just a Small Town Girl

    She sounds like a literal Disney princess

  • jim scheer
    jim scheer


  • ToadSauce

    We can all thank Grace Vanderwaal for blowing the lid off artists being allowed to perform original music on these shows.

    • William Cronin
      William Cronin

      Gag me with a spoon. Grace Vanderwaal voice is horrendous, void of any talent!

    • Janette Chumley
      Janette Chumley

      Love Grace still! She’s so great!!

    • Full Sned
      Full Sned


  • Veta Khamo
    Veta Khamo

  • mbrizknits

    That was beautiful


    Awesome song! Brought tears to my eyes

  • keith stewart
    keith stewart

    One thing I know about broken homes and growing up without a father is the kids are the most amazing resilient people who just want a family and won't hold grudges so fathers out there try to find your children because they're waiting for your love

  • gerry oneill
    gerry oneill


  • Sherry Johnson
    Sherry Johnson

    Bravo 👏 little lady, I'm so overwhelmed with joy for the beautiful spirit you are. Your a significant reflection of inspiration and in your song 🎵 you can literally see through the window of your beautiful soul. I really don't know how you sang that song so well because it was tear dropping and the way you touched me and so many others is a wonderful blessing. Keep shining ANGEL and keep on singing, you're great 👍 👍

  • King Slippers
    King Slippers

    Sad story.. does she sing?

  • Cody Alexander
    Cody Alexander

    I wonder what its like to have that feeling with your dad, or parents at that matter. It’s so lovely!!

  • Jose Angelo
    Jose Angelo

    I am in love 😍😍😍😍

  • Lor’s Adventures
    Lor’s Adventures

    We think were in control but nature has a way of reminding us that it’s alright either way

  • Priya Das
    Priya Das


  • Alice Hall
    Alice Hall 💋🆂🅴🆇 🅿️🆁🅸🆅🅰️🆃🅴 🅽🆄🅳🅴 🤩👌 💕 今後は気をライブ配信の再編ありがとうです!この日のライブ配信は、かならりやばかったですね!1万人を超える人が見ていたもん(笑)やっぱり人参最高!まさかのカメラ切り忘れでやら1かしたのもドキドキでした, 🔥 在整個人類歷史上,強者,富人和具有狡猾特質的人捕食部落,氏族,城鎮,城市和鄉村中的弱者,無`'守和貧窮成%員。然而,人類的生存意願迫使那些被拒絕,被剝奪或摧毀的基本需求的人們找到了一種生活方式,並繼續將其DNA融入不斷發展的人類社會。. 說到食物,不要以為那些被拒絕的人只吃垃圾。相反,他們學會了在被忽視的肉類和蔬菜中尋找營養。他們學會了清潔,切塊,調味和慢燉慢燉的野菜和肉類,在食品市場上被忽略的部分家用蔬菜和肉類,並且學會了使用芳香的木煙 (如山核桃 🔥

  • Micheal Lee
    Micheal Lee

    Didn't make me cry..let reward the drug addict with a song yeah

  • Notfrom Thisworld
    Notfrom Thisworld

    Wow speechless , that was a special song

  • Kevin Worley
    Kevin Worley

    That was awesome

  • Ricky & Darian
    Ricky & Darian

    Hannah Brown, is that you?

  • pkmetzger

    Dad was fighting his own demons.

  • Janohan Senial
    Janohan Senial

    Nice idol congrats.

  • Corey Luebke
    Corey Luebke

    She’s a winner. No matter what. Incredible young lady

  • Violet Yurkiw
    Violet Yurkiw

    She has a wonderful voice a wonderful spirit and she is gorgeous keep singing my angel.

  • Andrea Clark
    Andrea Clark Considerazioni ideologiche di ordine superiore, nonche il vettore di base dello sviluppo, rivelano l'urgente necessita di forme di influenza. All'improvviso, vengono smascherati elementi del processo politico.🤩 Tendo em conta a atual conjuntura internacional, a metodologia de desenvolvimento moderna desempenha um papel decisivo nas direcoes de um desenvolvimento progressivo. Somos forcados a partir do fato de que o fortalecimento e o desenvolvimento da estrutura interna e uma experiencia interessante para testar outras direcoes de desenvolvimento.Em particular, o fortalecimento e desenvolvimento da estrutura interna nao deixa chance para as posicoes assumidas pelos participantes em relacao as tarefas definidas! O alto nivel de envolvimento dos representantes do publico-alvo e uma prova clara de um fato simples: a consulta a um amplo ativo e um estagio qualitativamente novo de raciocinio cuidadoso!

  • Airzillarocks

    With two daughters in college, who are successful, beautiful, smart, compassionate, and possessing of immense heart this tune and experience wrecked me but I know that my love for them is infinite - Since they were introduced into the world I've always been there for them - I did not have such a life but knew deep in my soul I would be a better man for my family if I was ever blessed enough to have one - I'm not sure what I did along the way over the years to deserve the life I have now but I am forever grateful to have them in my life, always and forever... \m/

  • Dennis Taft
    Dennis Taft

    Okay, now I'm a mess!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Michi&Madi Forever
    Michi&Madi Forever

    So stupid they only pick you if you’ve got a sad story that they can do a skit on before you sing.

  • Kobe Bryant
    Kobe Bryant

    Wow that was great, what a wonderful gift for her dad

  • Mauro Jose
    Mauro Jose


  • marvic mayoga
    marvic mayoga

    🥰💯. Lucky are those who live with their father. Coz I didn't experiences it while growing up.

  • Martha Ventures
    Martha Ventures

    Wow. I just cried..🥲That was beautiful

  • Charlie Clark
    Charlie Clark

    Wow it touched me every time I watched it this touched me deeply. Ash thank you.

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