‘American Idol’: Katy Perry Says AL Singers Are ‘Elegant Personified’ and ‘Coolest, Weirdest’

How far can Woman Okay and Tristen Gressett go?

“American Idol” followers in Alabama have good cause to ponder this query now that two singers from the state have made it to the Prime 11.

Woman Okay – aka Kezia Istonia, 25, of Tuskegee – and Gressett, 17, of Pell Metropolis, proceed to make waves on the twentieth season of the ABC actuality present. They survived the elimination on Sunday’s episode because the variety of contestants was lowered by three and will likely be again singing once more on Monday.

Woman Okay, a chic, soulful vocalist who excels in R&B, and Gressett, a retro rocker with a flamboyant stage type, do not appear to have a lot in frequent, aside from their Alabama roots. However each are receiving effusive reward from “Idol” judges — Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan — and garnering votes from viewers.

In case you missed Sunday’s episode, here is what occurred.

Night theme: “Breakthrough Hits”. The highest 14 singers had been invited to carry out a canopy tune that supplied a standout second for a star. The “Idol” contestants carried out dwell, in entrance of a studio viewers in Los Angeles.

Visitor celeb: nation singer Gabby Barrett mentored the contestants in one-on-one classes that had been filmed upfront. Barrett took third place on “Idol” throughout Season 16 and went on to a high-profile profession.

Gressett sang: “Whataya Need From Me”, successful by Adam Lambert in 2009. It was a single taken from Lambert’s post-“Idol” debut album, “For Your Leisure”.

Lionel Richie says: “What I am loving now’s that you just’re including a little bit aspect that we have not talked about a lot. It is referred to as performing. What you’ve gotten on stage now’s stage presence, which brings the performing… It was fabulous. I really like that efficiency.”

Katy Perry says: “My pal, you all the time carry the drama, however particularly tonight. And you understand, you had been doing one thing new and attention-grabbing and bizarre… You retain evolving. You may have the good, like, weirdest, superior vibe. I am so into it.”

Lucas Bryan mentioned: “You got here to play as we speak. You got here to be severe. Clearly, I feel you had a little bit downside with the lyrics or one thing, however you struggled by means of your complete efficiency and ended up on the highest level you possibly can have completed. Good job.”

Gracious Be aware: Lambert appeared in a video, providing his assist to Gressett and wishing him good luck with the efficiency. “I need you to interrupt a leg, sing your coronary heart out and know you are a star,” Lambert mentioned.

Woman Okay sang: “I Imagine”, a 2004 hit for Fantasia Barrino. This was Fantasia’s crowning ballad on “American Idol” throughout season three.

Katy Perry says: “She’s a woman, and I imagine. I imply, truthfully, class personified proper now. The glow is so actual… and that was a gorgeous tune. Approach to pay tribute and, all through, the expansion is unbelievable.”

Lucas Bryan mentioned: “I haven’t got time to say every part I wish to say, however I saved going: evolution alert, evolution alert. Simply watching you bloom…your selections are so good once you sing. You by no means exaggerate.”

Lionel Richie says: “Then have a look at you. I instructed you from the start: you had been born sufficient. And now from homeless to middle stage to go to the subsequent degree. That was one of the best efficiency I’ve ever seen you do.”

Outcomes: Viewer voting happened throughout Sunday’s two-hour episode, and the Prime 11 was introduced on the finish of the present. Along with Gressett and Woman Okay, the listing included Leah Marlene, HunterGirl, Jay Copeland, Fritz Hager, Nicolina Bozzo, Noah Thompson, Christian Guardino, Emyrson Flora and Mike Parker.

Deleted: Allegra Miles, Dan Marshal, Ava Maybee. (She is the daughter of Chad Smith, drummer for the Crimson Sizzling Chili Peppers.)

Subsequent: The Prime 11 will sing on Monday’s episode. “Judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie will every select songs for the highest 11 to carry out,” reads an ABC press launch. “With out figuring out which decide provided the suggestion, every contestant will choose their favourite tune to carry out, revealing the successful decide.”

In case you watch: twentieth seasonf “American Idol” airs Sundays and Mondays at 7pm CT on ABC. The primary episodes of the collection are filmed upfront.

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