The remaining American Idol 2019 Top 20 sing ALL STAR DUETS for the judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan tonight (April 8). American Idol history will be made as host Ryan Seacrest takes his FIRST sick day ever. Mentor Bobby Bones will step into his place.
Alyssa Raghunadan and Julia Michaels sing Issues by Julia Michaels during the American Idol 2019 Top 20 All-Star Duets round in front of a live audience and judges Lionel Richie, Luke Bryan and Katy Perry.
Alyssa is OBSESSED with Julia’s songs. The singer is finally ready to slow things down. Julia calls Alyssa a “powerhouse” but she needs to concentrate on what the song means. Smart move to sing a ballad. Finally, Alyssa reminds us why we liked her in the first place. Her tone is so pretty and perfect. She’s out singing Julia to be honest. Katie looks very proud of her “sauce.” She calls it a “fresh take.” And that she and Julia were feeding off of each other. She calls her brave for being so free. Luke loved that she didn’t try to over do it. “Raghu you brought the sauce,” says Lionel. “You keep growing. 16 years old with this much talent and confidence.”
Ryan shares his story of weight loss with Cynthia. She asks him if it changed his voice. An interesting question. He’s still re-discovering his voice. Ryan had never heard the song before. “I only listened to Christian music.” Oh boy. This is a completely different side of Ryan. Usually he’s belting a big meaningful ballad. But he’s a really soulful dude! I am enjoying this duet. It’s cool to see a looser, less serious side to Ryan’s personality.
And Cynthia is a gem! Katie says, “I felt the spirit! Is that church, I really felt that a lot….you really held your own in that.” She adds, “Your voice is amazing on all levels. “Your voice will carry you so far…just add a little more swagger,” says Luke. Katy asks him to demonstrate…and Luke does is famous hip swivel. Hm. Ryan seemed pretty loose to me. Lionel is impressed with the job he did, especially since he’d never heard the song.
Wade Cota & lovelytheband perform "Broken" during the American Idol 2019 Top 20 All-Star Duets round in front of a live audience and judges Luke Bryan, Lionel Richie and Katy Perry.
Eddie Island & Lukas Graham perform "7 Years" during the American Idol 2019 Top 20 All-Star Duets round in front of a live audience and judges Luke Bryan, Lionel Richie and Katy Perry.
Talk about a gimme–while Ryan was given a song he never heard in his LIFE Evelyn gets to reprise her audition song with the original artist. Hmph. Oh my God. I can’t get over her tone. Like she’s swallowing her own voice. This duet, however, is very nicely understated. The song is intense, but in a low-burn kind of way. Oversinging could totally ruin the performance. Having said that, I can’t take my eyes of Chris. He’s mesmerizing
.Evelyn wrote on her American Idol questionnaire that Isaak was her first “I got a front row seat to a very special event,” says Luke. Lionel says, “Chris is a stylist…what makes you unique, is that you are also a stylist.” He calls them both a “great great compliment.” Katy felt the performance was sophisticated, sultry and intimate, and that they embodied the feeling and emotion of the song. “I believed every word that you were singing,” she says, referring to an “it” factor.
Logan MAY have a little crush on Julia. Logan will be singing the Niall part. He’s nervous because the feedback on his solo wasn’t great. “I really don’t want to mess up tonight,” he says. His tone is pretty, but too languid. He’s so tentative, he needs to SING OUT.
Dynamics are your friend, Logan. Julia totally dominated him in this performance. Julia thinks Logan was a different person on stage vs the rehearsal. Lionel felt he passed the test. “You did a great job at listening,” he says. “I was hanging on every word of that song,” says Katy. “Always take every opportunity you can for you vocals to push through…push a little more,” says Luke. THIS is what I’m sayin.
OH MY GOD RAQUEL HAS NEVER HEARD TINY DANCER HOW HOW HOW. “I get the jist that he’s a Tiny Dancer,” says Raquel. Uhm. She’s getting a HORRIBLE edit here. He advises her to “let the runs run wild.” That is literally the worst advice ever. After all that–the performance is not a train wreck. A little weird–but not a disaster. Raquel is a very strange duck. She’d probably be interesting with the right song. This really it. The Lovely dude wasn’t much help. “I never heard you sing that well,” says Katy. “Whatever you have up your sleeves, bring them out.” Lionel advises her to look at the audience when she sings. “Your voice is very recognizable. You really showed us a new dimension to your voice,” says Luke.
Alejandro grew up listening to Ben’s music. They grew up one town apart. Ben’s family owns a music shop–Alejandro used to visit all the time. “I heard the kid, and I was in,” Ben says. It’s Alejandro’s first duet ever. He sings the high harmonies beautifully. He could learn a lot from Ben on how to phrase a song. Bobby is wearing a beanie. He looks ridiculous! Oh. Ben heard Alejandro for the first time in his family’s shop. Luke says, “Welcome to the Alejandro show. You’re so tasteful with your approach. You let music do all the talking.” Lionel says, “You’re in a a rare air group…you have a career.” Katy says, “I think you embody authenticity. Nothing is going to change you.” She adds, “You’re my emo homie.”
Dimitrius Graham and Lukas Graham perform "Love Someone" by Lukas Graham during the American Idol 2019 Top 20 All-Star Duets round in front of a live audience and judges Lionel Richie, Luke Bryan and Katy Perry tonight
Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon and Cynthia Erivo sing Time after Time by Cyndi Lauper during the American Idol 2019 Top 20 All-Star Duets round in front of a live audience and judges Lionel Richie, Luke Bryan and Katy Perry.