Sunday night during the Top 3 performance episode of “American Idol,” 17-year-old Catie Turner made a triumphant return to the stage after being eliminated two weeks ago. The quirky singer performed her original song “21st Century Machine,” which went viral after her initial audition, in front of the live studio audience and judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan. It was part of a medley of original tunes from eliminated artists, including Jonny Brenns (“Blue Jeans”), Harper Grace (“Yard Sale”) and Michelle Sussett (“I’m a Dreamer”). Watch Catie’s “21st Century Machine” performance above.
From the moment Catie first popped up in the auditions she stood out for her unique demeanor and excited personality. She gained a massive fan following throughout her journey on ABC’s reality TV show until she was ultimately eliminated in sixth place (tying Jurnee) after singing “Manic Monday” during Prince week.
In our recent poll that asked “American Idol” viewers who was most robbed between Catie and Jurnee, the results were razor-thin as Jurnee nabbed 51% of the vote and Catie scored 49%.
As for YouTube views, Catie’s original audition of “21st Century Machine” was her most viral video by far at over 3.7 million clicks. Next up was “Havana” with 1.9 million views, followed by “Take Me to Church” with 1.7 million views and then “Call Me” and “Once Upon a Dream,” both with 1.4 million views. Tell us which Catie Turner performance was your fave down in the comments section.
The Season 16 finale of “American Idol” airs Monday, May 21 on ABC. The final three artists — Caleb Lee Hutchinson, Gabby Barrett and Maddie Poppe — all performed for America’s final vote on Sunday, May 20. Who do YOU think will join the winner’s list?
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