WATCH: This American Idol audition will tug at your heartstrings

Cape Town – Boise, Idaho native Maddie Zahm auditioned for American Idol in front of Judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan and brought in her best friend, Marcus.

The 19-year-old sang Dua Lipa’s hit New Rules in front of the judges - who invited Marcus to sit with them during Maddie's performance.  

Maddie and Marcus met at the school where Maddie teaches children with special needs and have been best friend for six years. The pair sang a version of Perry’s Firework together, helping Maddie secure her golden ticket to the next round of the competition.