Sunday night during the Prince-themed Top 7 performance episode of “American Idol,” 17-year-old Catie Turner forgot the lyrics to “Manic Monday” as she was singing in front of judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan. This Langhorne, Pennsylvania resident also took on “Oops! … I Did It Again” by Britney Spears as her birth year song during Sunday’s two-hour episode. Perhaps because of the mistake, America voted NOT to send her through to the Top 5 after voting live coast-to-coast. Do you agree with America’s decision? Watch the “Manic Monday” video above and then read the “American Idol” judges’ comments below.
Luke Bryan: “Catie, you have been in this competition since Day 1 and you have not had one glitch. So what just happened to you is okay, darling. All right? It happens. It happens to me, this one, and that one right there. Shake it off baby, you did a great job.”
Lionel Richie: “You know, I love the illusion that we have created because everyone thinks the word is perfect in this business. It’s never perfect, you understand me? So when it happens like that, it’s called recovery. How well did you recover? And the answer is fantastic. You did a great job.”
Katy Perry: “I think if the KatyCats put together a series on YouTube of all the times I said the wrong words or I missed my cues, I would probably not be on this planet. You did great. Next time just when you fumble, pick the ball right up. Nobody will ever remember it happened. And I think, you know what Catie? You’re destined, so just believe in it.”
In his “American Idol” live blog, our recapper Denton Davidson noted, “Right at the top of the performance, Catie got lost in the music and missed half the first verse. Like a pro, she recovered with a smile and pushed through. The second half of the performance was much better, but Catie was clearly disappointed when she finished.”
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