Watch Lions’ WR Marvin Jones audition on ‘American Idol’


Marvin Jones had a breakout season on the field.

Now, he’s looking for a breakthrough on a different stage; on American Idol. The Detroit Lions wide receiver is among those who will audition during the 16th season of the long-running reality singing competition, which is set to premiere on March 11.

Lions WR Marvin Jones to sing for ‘American Idol’ segment

Jones himself shared news of his appearance on the show in November 2017, but American Idol posted the wide receiver’s entire audition to Facebook on Feb. 3.

After getting some encouragement from host Ryan Seacrest, Jones entered the audition room to face judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie, who immediately recognized the celebrity contestant.

”Where’s the field?” Jones joked. ”This is the wrong place?”

But sure enough, the Southern California native began belting an impressive rendition of ”I Can’t Make You Love Me” by the R&B singer Tank.

The audition was good enough that the judges had to ask if they were being punked. Perry was particularly impressed and asked Jones why he didn’t pursue music instead of football.

”I could have did it early on,” Jones said with a smile. ”But I was just always playing sports.”

He also mentioned he rarely sings in the locker room and that some of his teammates don’t know about his singing skills. The video clip ends with Bryan throwing Jones a pass, which, of course, he caught.

”It was definitely an awesome experience singing in front of the legend, one of the G.O.A.Ts. and some two of the future legends,” Jones said. ”We had a great exchange. It was definitely an experience to remember.”

But did Jones receive a Golden Ticket?  We will have to wait to find out. The new revival season of American Idol returns March 11 at 8 p.m. on ABC.

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