Photo: He May be Small, But Matheus Fernandes has a Big Voice
Like fellow American Idol contestant Isabel Gonzalez, Matheus Fernandes covered a Sam Cooke song for his audition, but unlike Gonzalez, Fernandes looks a little different.
At 21 years old, Fernandes, who was born in Brazil, stands at 4 feet, 9 inches, but after hearing him sing, judge Randy Jackson said, “To me, you’re 10 feet tall.”
Diva judge Mariah Carey had similar feelings, saying, “Regardless of the height, race, sex, whatever, you hit me in the heart and you brought me to tears, which I’m holding back currently ... And I want you to know you can sing anything for me, any day of the week.”
“Growing up it was definitely a challenge…It was rough with all the bullying in middle school and in high school. Lots of tears were shed to a point I feel like so many tears were shed that I feel strong. I wouldn’t change anything, ‘cause it made me who I am and pursue what I really love to do.”
This is not Fernandes’ first time on a singing competition show. He also competed on the first season of The Glee Project, coming in 8th before being eliminated.
Watch Fernandes sing “A Change is Gonna Come” by Sam Cooke. Though he and Gonzalez chose the same artist, she sang “Nothing Can Change This Love.”