"I think if you ain't careful, you might win 'American Idol, '" raved Luke.
But Perry apparently disagreed: When he went to give her a kiss on the cheek, she went in for a full-on smooch, leaving the contestant stunned. The "Swish, Swish" singer spent a whole 40 seconds trying to get back to her feet while her fellow judges, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie, scramble to help her and shield her from the cameras.
Michelle Sussett, a 22-year-old from Venezuela, who now resides in Miami, FL, sang, danced a little salsa and really entertained with her performance of Selena's "Techno Cumbia". "I was amazed how she didn't seem to be fazed by the fact that I was in a wheelchair". "I haven't met anyone from the 2000s!" I mean, can you blame her?
When she isn't sharing her special, unique talent of looking like a frog, the 32-year-old pop star is taking her responsibilities as a judge incredibly serious on the show. Lionel noted his voice is "an incredible machine", and Katy said she can't wait to see him push his instrument even further.
"Idol" auditions should continue for another week or two, and then we'll see if Mara can follow in Season 14 finalist and New Jersey girl Jax's footsteps and make it through to the live rounds. What unbridled enthusiasm! She also has some serious pipes on her for just 15. Michelle got a golden ticket despite the necessary rescue, with spirit superseding singing voice. It was clear William was battling a case of nervous, but the judges had no complaints and decided on a unanimous "yes" to send him to Hollywood.
Next up is Misha Gontar, 26, from Marengo, Illinois who shows Ryan that he's going to sing a particular Ukranian song. Dare we say, her handling of Sinatra like-crooner Zach D'onofrio would have given Harry Connick Jr. a run for his money. I think it's a good start to the show. Especially with one particular artist named Trevor Holmes, who has a "huge" crush on the songstress. The hopeful performed Ricky Martin's "She Bangs". Katy and Treavor did some major flirting, but alas, he has a girlfriend. and a golden ticket. Thank goodness she didn't decide to go into the furniture business because she would need the time off to go Hollywood. He auditions with "It's a Man's World", and has a unique sound to his voice.
Before his audition, Francisco, 25, explained how he moved to Nashville for his music and was hit by a vehicle, paralyzing him below the waist. Luke and Lionel teased Katy about love being "so close". After he sang "Don't You Worry Child" by Swedish House Mafia, all three judges gave him a return trip to Hollywood, and Lionel hugged him.