One of Katy Perry‘s favorite contestants on “American Idol” — Alyssa Raghu — was in danger of going home during Monday’s Top 14 results episode, but luckily Katy had the power to do something about it. After America voted overnight to send their favorites into the Top 10, Alyssa ended up in the bottom seven but each judge had the ability to save one singer. Lionel Richie chose Uche, Luke Bryan picked Dimitrius Graham and Katy went with Alyssa, aka “my sauce.” Did Katy make the right decision? Vote down in our poll below.
This 16-year-old student from Orlando, Florida took a big risk by performing Katy’s own “The One That Got Away” for her “save-me” song (watch above). Following Alyssa’s live performance she had tears in her eyes as she told host Ryan Seacrest that she felt “super grateful” for the opportunity to make it this far.
Despite appearing in the bottom, the judges had nothing but praises for Alyssa. Luke applauded her for “what you went through last year and then coming back and retooling and over-hauling your persona.” Lionel told Alyssa that she’s successful because of her heart and her drive, adding that “you have done all that we’ve asked of you.”
And Katy declared that Alyssa sang her song “a hundred times better” than she ever could. “Alyssa, that was so beautiful, and you have just grown into a gorgeous young woman. I think that this has been a really important masterclass. It’s like the second semester. I think you’ve learned so much and you’ve got so much time and I just think that it’s gonna happen.”
When it was finally time for Katy to make her decision about which of the bottom artists she wanted to save, she announced, “All things considered, everyone that is standing on stage is fantastic. I have seen so much growth from all of you. I hate doing this. I have to pick one, and you better fight for your life the next time you sing, Alyssa Raghu!” Katy’s decision meant that Ashley Hess, Eddie Island, Evelyn Cormier and Riley Thompson were all sent home.
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