Maddie Poppe (‘Nothing Compares 2 U’): ‘American Idol’ Prince night performance is ‘mesmerizing,’ praises Luke Bryan [WATCH]

Sunday night during the Prince-themed Top 7 performance episode of “American Idol,” 20-year-old Maddie Poppe sang “Nothing Compares 2 U” for judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie. This Clarksville, Iowa resident also took on “If It Makes You Happy” by Sheryl Crow as her birth year song during Sunday’s two-hour episode. America was so impressed with Maddie’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 “Nothing Compares 2 U” video above and then read the “American Idol” judges’ comments below.

Luke Bryan: “Maddie, that was mesmerizing to me. It was just great. I’m trying to think of just something country to say to you, but I can’t think of anything country to say! Good job, girl.”

Lionel Richie: “Maddie, I gotta tell you something. I just love it when you take and remind us of all the versatility that you have in your wheelhouse. Seeing you at that piano is another dimension of you. I think the audience needs to see that. Congratulations, I love your vocal performance. It was amazing.”

Katy Perry: “So there are some people that are more of an artist than others on this show. Whether you win ‘American Idol’ or not, which I think you maybe will, I’m still buying tickets to your show. It reminds me of Sarah McLachlan.”

In his “American Idol” live blog, our recapper Denton Davidson noted, “She’s accompanying herself on piano and this is such a brilliant song choice. Her voice is light but her emotions are fully poured into the performance and it felt really genuine. The judges rose to their feet following her performance.”

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