Tune in to “American Idol” this Sunday and Monday to see Shayy Winn, a senior in the performing arts program at Chesterfield County’s Thomas Dale High School, go to Hollywood and compete on the next segment of the ABC reality singing competition.

Winn, 18, suddenly lost her sight in 2017.

Her audition in front of the celebrity judges, which aired about two weeks ago, moved Lionel Richie to tears and turned on the waterworks for the rest of the “American Idol” audience as well.

Her audition went viral on social media and has had more than 30 million views on Facebook and 3 million views on YouTube.

On the episode that aired March 6, she told the judges how she suddenly lost her sight because of a tumor and is now legally blind. She said doctors removed 50 percent of the tumor and that her prognosis is a “question mark.”

Then she sang Andra Day’s “Rise Up” and moved everyone to tears.

Neither “American Idol” nor Winn can reveal what she’ll sing or perform on the upcoming episodes, only that she will appear on both Sunday and Monday’s episodes. The show airs on ABC at 8 p.m.

Tune in, Richmond. And don’t forget the Kleenex.

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Colleen Curran covers arts and entertainment for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. She writes the weekly column Top Five Weekend Events.

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