Gabby Barrett (‘How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore’): ‘American Idol’ Prince night performance defines ‘ownership,’ raves Lionel Richie [WATCH]

Sunday night during the Prince-themed Top 7 performance episode of “American Idol,” 17-year-old Gabby Barrett sang “How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore” for judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan. This Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania resident also took on “I Hope You Dance” by Lee Ann Womack as her birth year song during Sunday’s two-hour episode. America was so impressed with Gabby’s two performances that they sent her through to the Top 5 after voting live coast-to-coast. Do YOU agree with America’s decision? Watch the “How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore” video above and then read the “American Idol” judges’ comments below.

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Lionel Richie: “That was what you call, my dear, ownership. Complete ownership. Congratulations. I’m in love with that. It’s crazy.”

Luke Bryan: “That was like mic drop moment. Mic drop moment. Congratulations on being a big star. Now go enjoy the green room..”

Katy Perry: “I think you’re the most ready to go on tour. Sounds like you’re going this summer, so you know, if I’m still touring, which typically I am, yes I’ll call you. You know what? You are the most comfortable and you just use the stage and it’s yours for the taking. And whoever gave you some advice about your voice, I don’t know who did that or when you found it, but you found something totally different I’ve never heard in your voice and it’s amazing.”

In his “American Idol” live blog, our recapper Denton Davidson summarized, “She’s ditching the country twang to prove she can belt out the soulful hit Alicia Keys recorded on her debut album. It did not reach Prince or Alicia level. I absolutely hated the ending when Gabby just started belting ‘Yea yea yea’ just to show off notes that have nothing to do with the song. That being said, the girl has serious pipes and I still believe she is the odd-on favorite to win this season.”

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