Sunday night during the Disney-themed Top 10 performance episode of “American Idol,” 18-year-old Caleb Lee Hutchinson sang “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” from “Toy Story” for judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan. This Dallas, Georgia resident received a special visit from her best friend at Disneyland before getting music advice from Idina Menzel. America was so impressed with Caleb’s performance that they sent him through to the Top 7 after voting live coast-to-coast. Do YOU agree with America’s decision? Watch the “American Idol” video above and then read the judges’ comments below.
“Wow, I mean it’s so believable. You’re such a country star,” raved Katy, who was dressed up as Snow White. “That was a great song choice. Randy Newman I’m sure would be so proud. It was just so friendly, and that’s what we want is to be friends.”
“Caleb, that was just a great song choice for you, bud,” Luke chimed in. “Way to pick the right song. Way to make America smile. I mean, there’s no way America isn’t gonna watch that and want be in your corner. Good job.”
Lionel concluded, “You know, you don’t have to dance, you don’t have to do anything tricky. All you have to do is open your mouth. That voice you have, that smile, is so identifiable, my friend. Congratulations.”
In his “American Idol” live blog recap, Denton Davidson noted, “At the live performance Caleb absolutely exudes pure joy and confidence. It’s hard not to like this guy. I can’t imagine country fans not voting in droves for him because he’s got about the purest voice I’ve heard in years. I have yet to find anything he’s done disappointing. Thumbs up!”
Caleb now joins Gabby Barrett, Cade Foehner, Catie Turner, Jurnee, Maddie Poppe and Michael J. Woodard as the Top 7 of “American Idol” Season 16. Vote in our poll to tell us who you think will win “American Idol,” and then make your official Gold Derby predictions below.
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