The security guard from Atlanta, Georgia, thought she was showing up to the open call auditions only to find out she missed the chance. But instead of walking away, Seacrest shared, Courtney didn’t give up.
“I thought it was the open call auditions,” Courtney explained. “But I wasn’t going to leave … I was like I must sing for them. Like they have to hear me so I was willing to wait however long it took.”
Seacrest ended up being able to bring her inside and before the judges to audition and — spoiler alert! — she got a ticket!
“I was like this is not happening right now!” she gushed. “I was meant to be there and I thank you so much.”
Listen back to Courtney’s interview above and catch the tear-jerking inspirational moment all go down during American Idol on ABC this Sunday at 8/7c.