American Idol brought along quite the unfortunate circumstances for real-life couple Kat Lopez and Alex Garrido (aka “Space Cowboy”) this week. Pitting the singers against each other with a duet during Hollywood Week, it was revealed that only one contestant would be moving on to the next round.
With their emotions high, Lopez and Garrido teamed up to perform the Lauren Daigle hit “You Say.”
Their voices paired together perfectly, but the judges just didn’t think that the “Space Cowboy” was fit to move onto the next round, leaving Lopez to move on by herself.
“We have a situation, Alex, it was not your best performance,” Lionel Richie explained to Garrido as Lopez looked on with tears streaming down her face. “You have to listen to your partner cause if you start thinking about your note, you’re gonna mess it up every time which is exactly what happened here. You’re not gonna go through on this next round.”
“Kat, I want you to truly enjoy the next level cause you’re going through. Congratulations,” Richie told Lopez.
After they exited the stage, the couple discussed the situation. “You’re gonna keep moving forward and doing your thing,” Garrido told Lopez.
“I’m doing it for both of us,” she assured him.
Luke Bryan took to Twitter to share his thoughts on the situation, writing, “We hate having to split up the duo but excited to see you stand on your own next time, @katmusicoffic.”
Lopez and Garrido first impressed the judges with their love connection during auditions with a performance of “Shallow.”
The next episode of American Idol airs Monday (March 23) at 8 p.m. ET/PT.