American Idol made history on Sunday night (April 26), returning for the first of many live shows broadcasting from the homes of the cast and contestants around the country. Live to tape from 28 states, Sunday night’s episode showcased performances from the Top 20. Making the most of the situation, producers shipped each contestant equipment and had them perform from home alongside the Idol band. The judges, Luke Bryan, Lionel Richie and Katy Perry, as well as host, Ryan Seacrest, and in-house mentor, Bobby Bones, also appeared from their homes.
Contestant Francisco Martin has consistently impressed judges and his streak continued Sunday evening when he took a major risk by performing one of Katy Perry’s biggest hits, “Teenage Dream.”
“What a dice roll to do that song! Good for you because it really worked,” Perry began. “I thought it was really beautiful at the beginning, like that one note that you hit was amazing and then it was all the way uphill. I would have liked to have seen you come down just a little bit and bring it back to that sultry ‘Teenage Dream’ subtle, like part, but that’s just me being overly critical of a song I have sang tens of thousands of time. You did it real justice. Good job!”
“I was nervous! I was like please do not let this kid cover a Katy song and mess it up and you didn’t man, you made it you,” Bryan said. “You just have the magic.”
“It’s just so warming to watch you go on stage and take anybody’s song, especially a Katy Perry song, on this show, are you kidding me? You took the chance of life, but you turned it into your song. You made it your song,” Richie shared.
The Top 20 will be narrowed down to the Top 10 come next week. Fans who would like to vote for Francisco Martin can vote online or by texting 12 to 21523.