During the highly anticipated Season 16 premiere of “American Idol” on its new home ABC, contestant Noah Davis and judge Katy Perry seemed to be speaking their own language. “Did you just say ‘wig’?” Perry asked the 18-year-old Arkansas contestant. When he said yes, she replied, “I know. Wig. I feel that already.” So what does “wig” mean? Talk show host Jimmy Kimmel had the exact same question that you all have, so he asked Perry in a recent interview (watch above).
“It’s a language that sometimes the kids and I speak. It’s a little bit internet language,” Perry explains about Davis’ comment. “When somebody basically sings really well and they ‘sang,’ they sing so well that the wig flies off. I’ve worn many wigs. Sometimes the glue [on the wig] is not strong enough to hold the vibrations and the wig flies all across the room. That’s when you know you can really ‘sang.'”
In the two-hour season premiere, Ryan Seacrest returned as host with Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie serving as the three new judges. Bryan and Richie had no idea what “wig” meant, and Perry teased them by not revealing the answer on the show. After airing for 15 seasons on Fox, the perennial reality TV singing competition moved to ABC this season.
Davis ended up getting a golden ticket to Hollywood along with many other aspiring singers. In his “American Idol” live blog, our recapper Denton Davidson wrote, “Accompanying himself on piano, Noah is singing ‘Stay’ and the kid has serious talent! This is the best audition of the night and the first time I saw someone I could see succeeding on the live shows. He absolutely nailed it. The judges stood up and hugged him, as if they just heard talent for the first time. Because they did.”