“It’s the year of the girl country singer, really the girl singers,” Bryan said.
He went on to recall how Huntergirl was his “favorite country singer ever” and decided to “have fun” by inviting her to perform at his bar.
“You know what, Hunter Girl… my favorite country singer ever…
“I want to see real country fans react to this girl,” Bryan told his fellow judges.
The Idol judges then video chatted with HunterGirl and asked her to perform at Luke Bryan’s 32 Bridge on Lower Broadway.
“So we’d love to see you again, and we want to put you on stage in front of people in my bar… TONIGHT,” Bryan told the country hopeful, who he previously compared to Miranda Lambert.
She then took the stage to perform Lambert’s chart-topping hit “Bluebird” at 32 Bridge.
“What we’re going to do is surprise her, and she has no idea that we’re coming, and just maybe leave with a little platinum,” Richie said while sitting beside his Idol cohorts in a car on the way to 32 Bridge.
Huntergirl was shocked when Bryan, Perry and Richie entered the bar.
“Because it’s the 20th year of American Idol… for 20 years, you’re supposed to have Platinum, right?” Bryan said before Perry added, “So inside this guitar case is another ticket that only one person in the city gets during audition times, the Platinum ticket.”
“This not only means you get to go to Hollywood, but you get to relax for one day, rest your voice and size up the competition and figure out how to become the next American Idol,” Perry went on to say.
As the Idol judges unveiled the Platinum ticket, HunterGirl was overcome with excitement and left speechless.
Huntergirl is the first contestant to receive the brand-new Platinum ticket, More information on the Platinum ticket can be found HERE.