Meet Tyson Venegas, American Idol 21 Platinum Ticket Winner

Tyson Venegas is a Filipino-Canadian singer and songwriter. He is best known for participating in season 21 of the singing reality show American Idol. In 2020, Venegas was part of the second season of “The Voice Teens Philippines” as a member of the team. However, he had to withdraw from the competition before the knockout stage.

Birth and early life

Tyson Venegas was born on August 31, 2005 to a Filipino family. He is currently 18 years old. His father’s name is Paul Venegas and his mother’s name is Iris Samson.

Venegas suffered from speech delay when he was a child attending music classes. Through hard work and dedication, he was able to overcome his disability and developed a passion for singing. This led him to Boris Buriev’s music school, where he honed his skills.

Tyson Venegas on American Idol 21


Venegas began her music career by participating in the Philippine version of The Voice Teens in 2020 when she was only 14 years old. She sang ‘A Change Is Gonna Come’ in the show’s blind audition.

His performance left the judges and the audience mesmerized and his YouTube video has surpassed 1.5 million. She didn’t make it to the finals because she had to drop out due to COVID restrictions.

In 2023, Venegas became the first person to receive a Platinum ticket on season 21 of the long-running music competition show “American Idol.” Her Las Vegas audition was a beautiful rendition of Billy Joel’s “New York State of Mind” on piano, and earned her a standing ovation from Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan, the show’s three judges.

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Richie couldn’t believe that Tyson Venegas was only 17 years old and yet sounded like a 45-year-old seasoned musician. Lionel then asked the Filipino-Canadian teenager to invite his mother Iris to come on stage with them and witness the impressive performance. ((Philstar))


  • Tyson Venegas is an 18-year-old high school student from Vancouver, BC.
  • He has played at multiple school functions and concerts in British Columbia.
  • He likes to perform on the lip-sync platform TikTok, but instead of using any pre-made sounds, he uploads his own voice.
  • Venegas also starred for the Los Angeles Dodgers in July 2022.
  • Venegas also shares his original music videos on his self-titled YouTube channel.

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