Barnette and Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo  perform “Heartbreaker” for Top 20 Duets – American Idol 2019

Kate Barnette  and Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo 

American Idol Season 17 Top 20 celebrity duets is filming celebrity duets at the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles on Thursday Feb 15 . The Top 20 were separated into two groups for celebrity duets. The judges advanced seven contestants each night to the Top 14

 Kate Barnette 23 year olds from Kennesaw, Georgia will performed tonight. What song she will be singing and who is she duet with?

Barnette and Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo  perform "Heartbreaker" by Pat Benatar during the Top 20 Duet round on American Idol in front of Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan.

 It’s the first song that she recorded for her first record. Kate’s religious parents didn’t allow her to listen to pop music. “Get right behind those lyrics and just burn it,” says Pat. Neil asked Kate to play the guitar solo. She’s only been playing for a year. “Kate really has to be defiant with her vocal,” says Neil.  Kate’s voice is too gentle for this song. She attempts a rock wail at the end and it has no oomph. Pat needs to hold back to match her. I don’t think was a good match up. Her last performance was bluesey, jazzy. Balls to the walls rock is not her thing. “I thought you grew up with that song,” says Katie. But her most effusive compliment was for Pat, though. Luke felt the song took her out of her comfort zone. You think? Lionel advised Kate to remember the experience and learn from it. Basically from all the judges: Nice try, kid. Be glad you had the experience. 

Kate Barnette sings "Sunday Morning" by Maroon 5 during the Top 20 Solo round on American Idol in front of Lionel Richie, Luke Bryan and Katy Perry.


Viewer react to Kate Barnette and Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo performance

 She is different but her singing is too choppy for me… kinda like when a video skips and buffers…

 I don’t know how she was able to beat out the other excellent talent that were sent home. She should have been sent home in Hawaii

Not really sure how she made top 20 in my opinion? Judges seem to love her ~ don’t get it really (again my opinion)

She has no chance going against at least 10 other contestants…

Sadly Kate was not featured at all in this performance. The mix with Pat was not right, Mikes just weren’t mixed and Pat overpowered her.

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