Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie sent Mississippi native Hannah Everhart to Hollywood after she auditioned for American Idol with a Johnny Cash cover.
The 17-year-old Mississippi native, who somewhat resembles Perry, tried her hand at Cash’s “Wayfaring Stranger,” a song that appears on the country icon’s 2000 album, American III: Solitary Man.
While she sang the Johnny Cash hit, Bryan interrupted her to say “quit checking us out to see what our reactions are” as it was noticeable that she was paying too much attention to the judges and not enough to her performance.
After her performance, Bryan gushed, “your fifty percent whoops everybody in your little hometown, but if you start going a hundred percent, you’re going to start whooping people on American Idol.”
Following her audition of the Cash song, Everhart revealed that she was originally planning to audition with Etta James’ “At Last!” but she decided to “play it safe” with “Wayfaring Stranger.”
“Why you going to play American Idol safe?” Bryan asked.
“Yeah, give us a little bit of ‘At Last!’,” Perry requested.
During her brief performance of the Etta James hit, Perry joined in to sing the song with her while also boosting her confidence as she consistently complimented her.
“You’re sitting on a goldmine,” Richie told her.
Ultimately, the judges voted to send Everhart to Hollywood.
“Heck-Yee-Haw-Yes,” Bryan exclaimed.
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