Sunday american idol It was packed with great performances, memorable moments, and famous guests. However, it was Katharine McPhee’s duet with one of the show’s favorites that stole the spotlight.
Willie Spence caught the judges’ attention in a big way when he wowed them during his rehearsal and said that his professional goal was to win a GRAMMY in the next five years – an undeniably ambitious goal, but one that all the judges felt was legitimately possible. .
Sunday Idol I saw 12 of the top 24 perform twice each, a solo performance and a star-studded duet, which meant there wasn’t much time to make a lasting impression.
The fast pace of the episode, however, was stopped with the powerful duet of Spence and McPhee as it demanded attention.
Together, the pair performed a top-level rendition of Andrea Bocelli and Celine Dion’s 1999 classic, “The Prayer,” and it turned out to be the perfect vocal showcase for the Idol hope range.
McPhee – who was he american idol Runner-up during the show’s fifth season in 2006, he seemed awed by Spence’s mind-blowing voice and was in love with her talent and craft.
The song also held special meaning for the two of them, making their number even more serious, as Spence dedicated it to his recently deceased grandfather, while McPhee dedicated his performance to his late father, who died in July 2018. .
“In my opinion, you can’t do anything wrong,” Luke Bryan said after the number. “Part of being a star is making people fall in love with you and the man, I’m in love with you and I’m in love with the way you perform on stage, and the way you sing and the place comes. It’s amazing.” .
Lionel Richie gave Spence the endearing nickname “Willie Pavarotti” and explained, “In our business, you don’t want to be a singer, you want to be a stylist. You have your own lane, and it’s fascinating to see you.”
Backstage, a stunned McPhee marveled at Spence’s ability to take a famous song and make it his own, and turn it into something fresh, different, and still great.
“It made ‘The Prayer,’ something Andrea Bocelli sings, sound like something Willie would sing,” he marveled.
Katy Perry said that the duo was “the central goosebumps” and that it “really showed your voice and the different levels … that you have inside of you.”
“I think to win this, it’s about choosing the song,” Perry added. “And it’s about those amazing classic songs that other powers sing, and they show that you are a power, too.”
On Monday, the next 12 singers in the Top 24 will have a chance to submit their two numbers, before eight hopefuls are eliminated and 18 advance.
american idol airs Sundays and Mondays at 8 pm ET / PT on ABC.