Day two of the final season of the hit reality singing competition “American Idol” ended by bringing out the waterworks for many who watched.
The final contestant of the night, Tristan McIntosh, 15, was auditioning without her mom being present because she is in the Army and was stationed in the Middle East.
“I just want to make my mom proud,” she said before her audition.
She then proceeded to knock everyone’s socks off with an incredible rendition of Mickey Guyton’s “Why baby why?”
Afterwards, judge and singer Harry Connick Jr. read an email sent by McIntosh’s mother, Army Maj. Amy McIntosh, which brought the 15-year-old to tears.
But that was just the beginning.
“Tristan, she wouldn’t miss it,” Connick said as the camera panned to show her mother entering the audition room.
Watch the very emotional reunion below.
Many on social media, including original “American Idol” winner Kelly Clarkson were moved by the moment.
Are u serious @AmericanIdol w/ the military mom surprising her daughter…. Ugh I can’t breathe I’m crying so hard! & the girl is talented!!
— Kelly Clarkson (@kelly_clarkson) January 8, 2016
— AllthingsFOX30 (@AllthingsFOX30) January 8, 2016
American Idol just made me tear up a little bit.. The contestant’s mom surprised her from the military and she passed her audition.
— Chef Dee (@TheReelDee) January 8, 2016
Ok, that young girl seeing her mom on #AmericanIdol got my tears flowing. Wow.
— Johnnie (@agreeneyedfella) January 8, 2016
ugly cried bc this girls mom came home from overseas for her American Idol audition who am I
— ceci (@spaghettipeen) January 8, 2016
Omg what they did on American Idol for that girl and bringing her mom from deployment back home crying
— Ry (@ryleyurchek) January 8, 2016
Ok. That military mom showing up on @americanidol just tore me the hell up! Wow! I’ve got chills. THAT is good TV!
— Clay Aiken (@clayaiken) January 8, 2016
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