For singer David Francisco, the past couple of years have been the most difficult — and taxing — of his life. In 2016, Francisco moved to Nashville to pursue a career in music. He was so excited about the opportunities that were about to come his way, but just a few weeks later, it all came crashing down when he was seriously injured.
While out riding his bike one day, Francisco was hit by a car. The driver had been distracted at the wheel. Francisco was left paralyzed from the waist down and didn’t know whether he’d ever be able to walk again. “I thought, ‘Everything’s over. Music’s over. relationships are over.’ I cried every single day for months,” he said. Then, after spending months in recovery, he felt a small glimmer of hope. “I’m in bed one night, and I see my foot move, just a little.”
From there, Francisco began intense physical therapy, progressing further and further over the months and eventually being able to walk on his own with crutches. It was during that time that he reconnected with Kristi Platillero, a friend from his past. She became his pillar of support, always there for him during the rough and frustrating moments. It’s no wonder, then, that he asked her to be his wife — and brought her along to his “American Idol” audition.
As Francisco began performing “Isn’t She Lovely” by Stevie Wonder in front of judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie, Perry was overcome with emotion, not just by listening to Francisco’s amazing voice, but by seeing the adoration in Platillero’s eyes. “I’m just watching her and, like, how in love she is and I’m just losing it,” Perry said as tears ran down her cheeks. Learn more about Francisco’s story and check out his performance in the video below.
Richie’s right — Francisco is an inspiration, not just for never giving up, but for never losing his happy, positive spirit. We wish him the best of luck in the competition and hope he comes out as the winner!
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