"American Idol" contestant nearly makes Katy Perry faint, as 12 of the top 24 perform
ABC/Image Group LA(LOS ANGELES) — On Sunday night’s American Idol, 12 of the top 24 contestants performed solo for judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan – with one of them leaving Perry breathless.
Here are Sunday’s Highlights:
Dominique — who vowed to quit his job if he makes it into the top 10 — came a step closer to realizing that dream with his version of “Ain’t Nobody,” by Chaka Khan. “You have arrived,” Katy exclaimed afterwards, adding that she felt like she was “in a club” and “caught a vibe.” Lionel agreed, saying “there’s an opening attraction and a starring attraction,” and Dominique was definitely “the star attraction.” Luke applauded the artist for showcasing a new side of his voice.
Before her performance, 16-year-old Layla Spring from Lebanon, Kentucky, had the chance to video chat with her idol – and American Idol season-10 runner-up — Lauren Alaina, who advised her that the show would “change her life,” but she would “have to continue on that journey.” Layla showed a more emotional side of herself with her cover of Martina McBride’s “A Broken Wing,” after which Lionel praised the teen for not only listening to their advice, but actually following it. Katy noted that Layla had “grown leaps and bounds,” and Luke added that Spring was “mature far beyond your years.”
Katy critiqued Catie Turner for her choice of Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” for her last performance. She more than atoned for that on Sunday with her take on Blondie’s “Call Me” — her dad’s choice — knocking over the mic stand at the end for effect. Turner got a standing ovation from the judges, including Luke, who said he “couldn’t quit watching” her, adding “You’re quirky and crazy Catie, but we love you.” Perry praised the singer for her “cool song choice and incredible presentation.” Lionel added that Catie was “something” when they first saw her, and now she’s “made us believers in [her] style.”
Michelle Sussett also took Katy’s advice to heart and utilized her bilingual ability, delivering Beyoncé’s “If I Were a Boy” in both Spanish and English, picking up the tempo midway through the song, while dancing around the stage. Katy was impressed, noting that Michelle’s bilingual skills are her “ace,” although she felt Sussett was a “good singer” and could’ve held the audience a little longer with it before breaking out her dance moves.
On the advice of the judges, New Hampshire native Kay Kay tried to “get lost” in her performance of Rihanna’s “Love on the Brain” and succeeded. Luke declared Kay Kay was just “born as a star.” Katy said of the singer — who had come off as a little too polished in her previous performances – that the whole package “has finally arrived,” and that Kay Kay had “turned a corner.”
Brandon Diaz went out on a limb, putting his touch on Lionel Richie’s 1983 hit, “Hello.” Katy praised Brandon for being “so brave.” As to whether or not he nailed it, she thought his version “landed somewhere in the middle,” explaining, “There was a little turbulence in the air,” but Diaz “landed it so well.” The man himself – Lionel Richie – agreed, admitting that he was nervous throughout the song, hoping Brandon would “own it,” and he succeeded, at the very end. Later, he joined Brandon for an impromptu duet of the tune.
County singer Gabby Barrett wants to “make it Madison Square Garden in five years,” and got a little advice on making it as a female country artist from one of her favorites, Kelsea Ballerini. She chose Maren Morris’ “My Church” for her solo performance All three judges agreed that Gabby had a great attitude, but were disappointed they didn’t see it until the end.
Rocker Cade Foehner — who’s also a minister — closed out the show with a fiery performance of Jimi Hendricks’ version of the Bob Dylan tune, “All Along the Watchtower,” showing off some rock star moves as well as his guitar chops. Perry was overwhelmed by the performance, joking afterwards, “I saw some things my minister parents had to shun.” When he noted that he was also a minister, Katy replied, “You sure are a minister and you can preach to me anytime.” She then declared that regardless of how America votes, he’s “a star” in her book, before pretending to faint.
The 12 contestants will hit the stage again for special celebrity duet performances when American Idol returns Monday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
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