American Idol 2021 continues tonight with Auditions part 3. Who will get a coveted golden ticket to Hollywood? Who will be sent home! Judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan return, along with host Ryan Seacrest. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing is the rule in the studio
Erika Perry says she’s known as “ET,” because she’s “extraterrestrial and completely out of this world!” After hearing her perform “E.T.” by Katy Perry and Kanye West, the judges have to be honest…they don’t really get it. Lionel Richie asks Erika: “So is this a style? Or is this a gimmick?” Will Erika’s unique sound risk her chance at receiving a golden ticket to Hollywood?
ET by Katy Perry – 26 – Orange County CA – People call her “ET” because she’s “Extra-Terrestrial.” OK then. She calls “Erika” her “government name.” She plans to prove all the kids who bullied her wrong…or something. She’s a better singer than I expected. She came off as a joke contestant at first.
Luke wonders if she’s singing English. Her enunciation is terrible. Lionel wonders if her deal is a gimmick. After a commercial break (that really warranted a cliffhanger?) Katy wants to hear 30 seconds more without gimmicks. She sings another song, but she’s still not enunciating the words.
Her tone if fine. But she sings with a super super affected style. Erika cries as Katy pierces her soul with some critiques. “Nobody has every believed in you!” It’s a yes from Katy, a no from Luke, and a reluctant yes from Lionel Katy thinks she should call her ex to rub it in. She doesn’t have his number. So instead, she talks to the camera.