“American Idol” contestant Britney Holmes may have been told “no” by the judges on Monday night’s episode, but thanks to a twist, she’s back on the show. Earlier this year Holmes was one of three eliminated contestants who were spotlighted during ABC’s airing of the American Music Awards. Audiences got to vote for which artist they wanted to see go through to Hollywood, and Britney received the most votes. Thus, even though Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan sent her home on Monday night, audiences will be seeing her again.
In his recap of Monday’s audition, our live-blogger Denton Davidson wrote, “Britney Holmes is a vocal coach who is inspired by her father and ’90s-era singers like Whitney Houston. She’s taking on ‘I Have Nothing,’ a song that has humiliated countless singing competition castoffs. Britney’s version was just okay. The judges said it was good, but Katy didn’t get chills. She was missing emotion. Luke gave her a ‘no.’ Katy said ‘yes.’ Lionel questioned whether they had enough time to prepare her for the competition and decided now was not her time.”
Britney left the studio in tears, but when she later returned for her callback audition she was, as Randy Jackson would say, in it to win it. She belted out a powerful version of James Bay‘s “Let It Go” that spotlighted her delicate falsetto and powerful voice. The other two contestants who were involved in the comeback twist were Maris and Dominique Smith.
Are you happy that we’ll be seeing Britney Holmes again in the 2018 Hollywood rounds? Watch her callback performance below.
Also on Monday’s episode of “American Idol,” twin sisters Taryn Coccia (a pop singer) and Payton Taylor (a country artist) were pitted against each other in dramatic fashion. Keep voting in our poll right here to let us know whether you agree with the judges that BOTH sisters should have advanced to Hollywood.