Drag queen and contestant Ada Vox made waves on this season of American Idol. As one of the few people to come back to the show after being eliminated in a previous season — and one of the first to do it entirely in drag — Vox (whose boy name is Adam Sanders) slayed her way through the preliminary rounds of the competition, eventually earning herself a spot in the Top 10.
Unfortunately, that dream came to an end this week. After performing a cover of “Circle of Life” from The Lion King for the show’s Disney-themed night (an inevitable crossover on Disney-owned network’s show), Vox failed to receive enough votes from the audience to move forward in the competition, along with fellow contestants Dennis Lorenzo Michelle Sussett.
This was not the first time that Vox was faced with a lack of votes — on last week’s episode of Idol, the queen was one of the contestants who had not received the necessary votes from fans to be guaranteed a spot in the Top 10. But in an unprecedented move, the judges decided that Vox deserved to move forward in the competition, despite what the audience said.
“I think we do know talent when we see it,” judge Katy Perry told the queen at the time. “I think we would like to make an executive decision right now that, Ada, you get that seat, baby.” This week, however, the judges did not have the power to save any of the contestants, leaving the at-home viewers to decide who did or did not get the chop.
Watch Vox’s final Idol performance of “Circle of Life” below: