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Billy HallowellMar 15, 2021 12:00:00 AM< 1 min read

A Walking Miracle': Teen Wows 'American Idol' Judges With Incredible Overcomer Story, Credits Her Faith

A teen from Spencerport, New York, is making headlines after wowing "American Idol" judges with her singing abilities — and her story of overcoming the odds

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Brianna Collichio, 15, recently auditioned for the show and shared her story of health struggles surrounding Cystic fibrosis, telling judges Lionel Ritchie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan that she has experienced chronic lung infections for years as a result of the illness.

"I started taking trips to the hospital when I was 7," Brianna said. "It doesn't defeat me; it doesn't define me."

And the teen, whose singing has gone viral in the past, attributed her ability to forge on and excel to her faith.

"I have faith," Brianna said. "If I didn't have faith, I wouldn't be here right now."

The performance was so touching that it left Perry and others in awe, with the pop star calling Brianna a "walking miracle."

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Billy Hallowell

Billy Hallowell has been working in journalism and media for more than a decade. His writings have appeared in Deseret News, TheBlaze, Human Events, Mediaite and on, among other outlets. Hallowell has a B.A. in journalism and broadcasting from the College of Mount Saint Vincent in Riverdale, New York and an M.S. in social research from Hunter College in Manhattan, New York.