“Jake, you were great, and that’s why I felt the freedom to be my true self on that dance floor,” Katy Perry told “American Idol” contestant Jake Puliti after surprising everyone by doing the worm during his audition. Following Jake’s performance of Montell Jordan‘s “This Is How We Do It,” a concerned Katy told fellow judges Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan, “My lower backs hurts!” That’s when Luke deadpanned, “Yeah, cause you just did the worm.” Watch the viral video above.
After her wild dance moves, Katy declared, “I didn’t know if I could still do the worm. I blew a button out on my pants. But I’m always breaking something … records!” The two male judges and the 20-year-old Pennsylvania shoe store employee all burst out laughing at Katy’s perfectly timed joke.
In terms of judges’ critiques, Luke noted that Jake had a “great voice” while Lionel praised him for being “relaxed.” Katy declared, “You were really good. That tone is amazing. You can really sing.” When Jake didn’t give her the response she was looking for, Katy whispered, “And that’s when you’re supposed to say, ‘You can really dance.'”
Jake caught on quickly, later stating, “She’s breaking the worm out. That was probably the best worm I’ve ever seen.” Katy joked with a smile, “That’s how you get a golden ticket, friend.” All three judges soon gave Jake “yes” votes, which meant he advanced to the next round of “American Idol” Season 16. Do you think Jake has what it takes to win the entire show?
During his “American Idol” live blog, our recapper Denton Davidson had this to say about Jake’s audition: “Since we just can’t get enough white guys with guitars on ‘American Idol,’ it’s time for the third of night, Jake Puliti. He’s putting his own spin on ‘This is How We Do It,’ a R&B classic that has Katy up and dancing. Or, perhaps she’s down and dancing, falling to the ground and attempting the worm. Were the judges even listening to Jake sing? Apparently enough to give him a ticket to Hollywood!”