If you've ever wondered what famous mom Adele's hit song "Hello" would sound like in Spanish, we've got a treat for you. New York-based singer Karen Rodriguez, who competed on "American Idol" Season 10 in 2011, posted a beautiful cover with some verses in Spanish and some in English on her YouTube channel that has us wishing she hadn't been eliminated so soon.
The show, which began airing in 2002, will premiere its 14th and final season on Fox January 6. Ryan Seacrest recently confirmed that original judges Paula Abdul, Randy Jackson and Simon Cowell, along with some other celeb judges will all make appearances in the show's final season.
"Idol" has produced some of today's biggest stars—whether they won the show or not—including Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, Carrie Underwood and Katharine McPhee, among others. Fans of the "American Idol" may remember Season 10 was won by a then-17-year-old country music crooner Scotty McCreery. Karen Rodriguez is a huge Jennifer Lopez fan, and she told the Puerto Rican singer, mom and "AI" judge that she was an inspiration at her audition. But a unique bilingual final performance of Mariah Carey's "Hero" wasn't enough to save her from elimination from the show.
Since then, Rodriguez has done multiple covers of other artists—often doing her own lyrical adaptations in Spanish—but this version of Adele's hit song is simply jaw-droppingly gorgeous.
Rodriguez also recorded and uploaded a soulful bilingual version of Drake's "Hotline Bling" recently.
Rodriguez, who is half-Dominican, half-Peruvian and a native New Yorker, made it all the way to the top 12 before being eliminated. She told Entertainment Weekly after her elimination, that the show "gives you a taste of what the rest of your life could be. It's like a whole packet of little experiences that I'm going to take forever."
It's nice to see the singer hasn't stopped working hard to make her dream come true since her time on the show ended prematurely four and a half years ago. We're looking forward to more of her bilingual cover songs! (Maybe she could do some new JLo tunes or collaborate with the former "AI" judge? We can hope, right?)