CMA Awards 2018
5 Things to Know About 'American Idol' Alum Ada Vox
Ada Vox had her time to shine on season 16 of American Idol, making it all the way to the top 10 before being eliminated on Sunday. The alter ego of 24-year-old Adam Sanders also made Idol history as the first drag queen to become a top 10 finalist with her rousing performance of Jennifer Holliday’s "And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going."
While her run on Idol may be over, Vox’s stage presence and overall fierceness are indicative of someone poised for greatness. Here are five things to know about Ada Vox:
1. She dreamt of being on American Idol since she was a kid.
The first season of American Idol aired in 2002, at which point Vox would have been 8 years old. It was also at this time that Vox underwent brain surgery. In an interview with Billboard, she mentioned that her mother’s singing was a major factor of her recovery. Once she realized the healing powers of music, it led to a dream of becoming a singer herself. The first season of Idol and her recovery process happened to coincide and Vox began auditioning for the show as soon as she was legally able to at the age of 16.
2. Her fanbase is called Voxies
On March 21, the star took to Instagram and Facebook to ask "What to name my fanbase?" While Adamirers (one of her previous fandom names) and Voxens were top contenders, Vox later posted a selfie on Instagram using the hashtag "voxies."
3. She competed as a pageant queen back in 2016
When Vox appeared the Idol stage, she was always dressed immaculately in sequined gowns and towering curls. The San Antonio native cut her teeth in pageantry in February 2016 and even won the title of Miss Gay Corpus Christi USofA at Large -- earning her the crown a queen truly deserves.
I'm back Instagram!! And I haven't come back empty handed! I am your newly crowned Miss Corpus Christi USofA at Large!!!!!! This is such a HUGE milestone in my career. Much more to come!! Now on the road to be miss Texas USofA at Large! #AdaForTexas #PageantQueen #LiveSingingQueen #Crowning #pagent #usofa #usofaatlarge #ccusofaatlarge #corpuschristiusofaatlarge #texasusofa #missTexas
4. She counts Selena and Aretha Franklin as influences.
In an interview with The San Antonio Current, Vox revealed that she "was drawn to emotion when it came to music" and shared some of her musical influences. As a kid, her family often kept the late icons Selena Quintanilla and Whitney Houston in rotation, as well as legendary powerhouse singer Aretha Franklin. She even posted a cover of Houston's "Run to You" in a pre-Idol Instagram video.
5. She's super active on social media and loves a good meme
Vox has been active on Instagram since 2014 and while her profile is filled with a variety of glamorous looks and "I woke up like this" selfies, the performer also posts funny memes and inspirational quotes. She keeps engaged with fans and reveals all sorts of fun tidbits about herself, including the fact that she's a Taurus.