FILIPINO American singer Francisco Martin on Monday, May 18, ended his “American Idol” journey as part of the 18th season’s top five.
Just Sam, the only girl left in the competition, was crowned the winner, while Nepali immigrant Arthur Gunn finished as the runner-up.
In the last episode, each contestant were tasked to perform two songs: a celebration tune for being part of the top five, and a previously performed track.
Martin performed “dore You” by Harry Styles and “Alaska”by Maggie Rogers.
“Idol” judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan expressed how proud they are at Martin for coming so far in the competition.
“That performance was an elevated version of what you gave to us in the beginning. You’re so smooth when you delivered that. It sounded like it was professionally recorded in the studio somewhere. That’s how good it was,” said Perry about his rendition of “Alaska.”
Meanwhile, Bryan said:”I’m so proud to see you here. I’m so heartbroken that this is the last time we’ll get to hear you perform like this on ‘American Idol.’ And I know that sky is the limit for your career.”
Richie, for his part, praised Martin for being a “model student.”
“You have taken all of our notes and every time I see you, I smile while you’re performing because you have delivered the goods on graduation day,” he said.
Martin, after the show, took to Instagram to reflect over his journey in “American Idol.”
“I’ve grown so much as a human and as an artist throughout these few past months and I’ll never forget that. I’ve met a great deal of lifelong friends, unforgettable memories and have gained the support of all you beautiful souls,” he wrote.
“As a person dealing with anxiety, you’ve all accepted me for who I truly am and have supported me throughout all of it. Jeez I’m just so in love with all of you. To be able to have inspired many of you to follow their dreams is something I never thought would’ve happen in a million years. From the bottom of my heart, wherever you are, thank you so much,” he added.
Martin assured that this is not the end, and expressed hope that everyone will continue to support him in the future.
“This is not the end but only a chapter that has come to a beautiful close. Thank you for riding alongside me on this journey. Hope you’re ready to travel with me onto the next chapter in life. There’s a ton of room, don’t be shy. Grab a seat (if you’d like to). See you soon loves,” he said.