Uplifting Nashville singer David Francisco was eliminated from American Idol last night. The musician, who awed Idol with his incredible story of perseverance a few weeks back, was sent home during Hollywood week after performing a rendition of Maroon 5’s “Sunday Morning.”


“It just wasn’t meant to be,” said Francisco after he was sent home along with two other contestants on Monday’s show. “I just didn’t do my best. I wanted it pretty bad, but honestly I’m OK. I’m marrying an incredible girl, and I’m walking, and this isn’t the end, so keep looking out for David Francisco.”

The aspiring musician continues to radiate positivity, adding in a post on social media “Yes, I got kicked off Idol, but I think I’m still winning.”

Francisco asks fans to keep following his journey that began in 2016, when just three weeks after arriving in Nashville to make it as a musician, Francisco was hit by a motorist while on his bike. The accident left Francisco, who is the son of Eventbooking.com founder John Platillero, partially paralyzed and doctors warned him that he may never walk again. Through extensive physical therapy and the support of family, friends, and the love of his life (wife Kristi), Francisco was able to not only recover from the incident, but also forgive the woman who hit him.

During the open auditions, flanked by his then fiancee Kristi, Francisco walked out and performed for Idol judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, and Luke Bryan. In this clip, that aired earlier in March, Francisco brought Perry to tears as he played Stevie Wonder’s “Isn’t She Lovely.” While we may not be seeing Francisco grace ABC for American Idol anymore, we have no doubt this is not the last we’ll be seeing of the inspirational musician.