“You should really have a strong amount of self-confidence right now because you’ve gotten this far,” “American Idol” mentor Shaggy told Bumbly prior to their duet of “Angel” during Sunday’s Top 20 episode (watch above). In her pre-taped segment, Bumbly said that she was “proud” of making it to the Top 20, but then added, “I don’t want to go home yet. I have so many more things to show.” Unfortunately, an the end of the episode the three “American Idol” judges — Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan — voted to eliminate this 27-year-old singer from New York City.
“You know, that was a really, really great vocal,” Luke told Bumbly following her “Angel” duet with Shaggy. “I feel so excited because I’ve been to a Pat Benatar concert and [now] that’s my first Shaggy concert. But it was a lot of fun. I mean, if you can’t have fun up there with Shaggy then you’ve got serious problems going on. You really complimented the song and certainly we always love when you have some Spanish in there, too.”
“You’re singing ‘Angel’ and you look like an angel,” Katy informed the young singer. “Listen, I love the sound of your voice. It’s so fun. It’s got some grit, some rasp, some smokiness to it. You should be singing songs that are like this, that are just kind of like a fun vibe. I was glad to see you being true to your name. You’re so Bumbly.”
Lionel closed out the judges’ critiques by commenting, “How many times do you get to perform in your early years of your career when Shaggy turns to you and goes, ‘She’s a Bumbly! She’s a Bumbly!’ I’m thinking to myself, he put your name in the lyrics of the song. Come on, girl, you’re kicking it. You actually looked as if you were having the best time of your life. I love what you did.”
In his “American Idol” live blog, our recapper Denton Davidson had this to say about Bumbly’s performance: “When they hit the stage, Bumbly looks gorgeous and I love her tone. We have barely got to see Bumbly perform throughout the season and she seems like a lot of fun. I love the chemistry between these two on stage and you can tell they’re genuinely having fun with the song. I also love when Shaggy raps, ‘She Bumbly, she Bumbly.'”