Tristan McIntosh of Nashville, Tenn., stepped into her audition for "American Idol" and dedicated the performance to her mom, a major in the Army who was serving in the Middle East at the time. In an interview done by "American Idol," McIntosh states that her mom was responsible for McIntosh becoming a good musician and the reason she had an audition with the show.

After introducing herself, the 15-year-old sang "Why Baby Why" by Mickey Guyton and had the judges spellbound. When she finished singing, one of the judges read an email from McIntosh's mom, and then, McIntosh was given the surprise of her life. Her mom stepped out onto the stage. McIntosh not only won a "golden ticket" to the Hollywood competition; she also got the desire of her heart, her mom at her performance.

Since that time, The Leaf-Chronicle reports that McIntosh's performance has garnered more than 1 million views on YouTube; and on Jan. 11, 2016, the young lady was honored at the Montgomery County Commission meeting where she sang "America the Beautiful." American Idol Net states that according to information that was leaked, McIntosh has made the Top 24 list of "American Idol."

Achieving her goal of making it on "American Idol" has to be great; but according to McIntosh, her real goal was, "I just want to make my mom proud." McIntosh succeeded in her goal and is blazing forward.