On a night beset by forgotten lyrics, a dearth of commanding stage presence and disjointed duets, it was judge Katy Perry who made the biggest faux pas on the show where the Top 8 were whittled down to 6, according to 27% of “American Idol” fans.
The awkward moment came after Season 17’s cute country dude Laine Hardy and throaty darling Laci Kaye Booth trilled the Johnny and June Carter Cash’s “Jackson” from the biopic “Walk the Line,” about a quickie marriage that has cooled, as their movie duet (see video above). Judge Lionel Richie applauded Laci’s sassiness as well as the pair’s comfort in doing the song together.
But Katy dared to go a step farther, as she stated, “Yeah, I would say you guys are connected. I’ve never seen you smile that large, Laine. I’d be wondering if something else … listen that’s what you want people to feel. And I felt it.”
She then added for good measure, “Watch out, Caleb (Lee Hutchinson) and Maddie (Poppe),” referring to last season’s runner-up and winner who did come out as sweethearts on the Season 16 finale.
Laine and Laci previously sang together on Hollywood Week and have posted videos of other performances on social media.
But Lacie also posted a photo on Instagram of her cuddling up with another fellow. So sorry, Katy!
Other bumps on a night that oddly mixed Queen hits with movie duets:
21% thought Walker Burroughs and Alejandro Aranda played their guitars just fine, but were no Simon & Garfunkel when it came to successfully harmonizing on “Mrs. Robinson” from “The Graduate.” And the band was drowning out the lyrics. A little more rehearsal would have helped, too.
21% also agreed that viewers shouldn’t of had to deal with the whiplash effect of going from Queen ditties to movie duets and back again.
Meanwhile, 18% said Alyssa Raghu and Wade Cota were like oil and water on the movie duet “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.” Perhaps Wade and Alejandro and Alyssa and Walker would have been better matches as partners.
Walker and Alyssa were the ones to say farewell on Sunday night as the judges chose to keep their save in their pockets. Watch next week to see if it comes into play when the Top 6, including Madison VanDenburg and Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon also try to stay alive next week.
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