Sunday night during the Disney-themed Top 10 performance episode of “American Idol,” 17-year-old Catie Turner sang “Once Upon a Dream” from “Sleeping Beauty” for judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan. This Langhorne, Pennsylvania resident received a special visit from her mother at Disneyland before she went on meet her hero mentor Idina Menzel. America was so impressed with Catie’s performance that they sent her through to the Top 7 after voting live coast-to-coast. Do YOU agree with America’s choice? Watch the “American Idol” video above and then read the judges’ comments below.
“You’ve just taken us on a magical, magical, magical journey,” praised Lionel. “I am telling you, looking at you, you’re positively clear that dreams do come true, my darling. I love you so much, I really do. Keep it up.”
“My dearest Catie, the growth, the evolution that you’ve been able to show us is extremely magical,” added Katy, who was dressed up as Snow White. “I know that you’re so funny and I really see myself in you. Tonight you went from a girl to a woman just right there. You did it — bippity boppity boo!”
“They stole all my words,” declared Luke. “I mean, I’m kind of speechless about what you’re able to do. I hope America truly appreciates what all of these contestants are doing and especially how you just sing from this part of your soul. It just flows out of you and it’s so inspiring.”
In his “American Idol” live blog recap, Denton Davidson noted, “It’s actually refreshing to hear Catie sing such a classic melody. So often her personality overshadows her vocal ability, but she is shining on stage because of her voice tonight. Sure, with the outfit and the presentation it feels a bit like a high school musical, but I still think it is one of my favorite performances of the night. Bravo!”
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