This girl proved ‘American Idol’ judges wrong

This girl proved ‘American Idol’ judges wrong

[411 Note: While we don’t give two craps about TV, or “judging” shows like American Idol, this does have a good ending. Those pompous a-holes on the idiot box tried to blast a girl for being wholesome. Luckily her efforts and purity have paid off.]

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By Joseph Farah

At 16, Moriah Peters auditioned to be a contestant on “America Idol.”

She didn’t make it, but not because of her voice. In fact, Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Avril Lavigne agreed she could sing.

So, what was the problem?

The problem was Peters told the judges she was a Christian and, because of her faith commitment, chaste. Peters said the celebrity judges praised her looks and her singing, but belittled her sexual choice.

One judge told her, “You’re trying to be too perfect,” while another told her, “Go out, kiss a guy, come back,” she says.

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But the rejection by the “American Idol” judges didn’t deter Peters from pursuing a career as a singer and an actress. In fact, it spurred her determination. Since then, Peters signed a recording contract, released two albums and is starring in a new movie, “Because of Gracia,” debuting nationwide next month.

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The writer-director of that film, Tom Simes, decided to tweak the judges with a letter inviting them to a screening of the movie at their convenience – so they can see how wrong they were.

“You may not recall her,” wrote Simes to the three judges, “but she auditioned for ‘American Idol’ about six years ago and didn’t make it past the first round of the celebrity panel auditions. Her short-lived ‘AI’ experience got her a record deal and she subsequently released two albums and is now starring in our film. Both she and I consider what happened to be an unexpected blessing.”

Simes thanked the judges for their “words of advice as it motivated her to follow her convictions.”

In “Because of Gracia,” Peters plays a high-school girl who is also saving herself for marriage.

“I honestly thought the director built Gracia’s character around my high-school experiences,” she said. “I was allowed to simply be myself, and it wasn’t difficult to dive into the controversial and tense circumstances.”

I have to tell you I had the pleasure of screening the film several months ago and found it thoroughly engaging and a breath of fresh air in a culture that puts so much pressure on children to discard their innocence.

See a trailer for “Because of Grácia”:

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