Lionel Richie and Thomas Patrick Moran; Photo Courtesy American Idol/ABC
Lionel Richie and Thomas Patrick Moran; Photo Courtesy American Idol/ABC

Lionel Richie Says ‘American Idol’ Contestant Thomas Patrick Moran Is A “Natural-Born Entertainer’

Thomas Patrick Moran had the “time of my life” during his American Idol audition on Sunday, March 20.

Moran, who is a Marketing Coordinator from Denver, Colorado, brought his larger than life personality to the Idol stage on Sunday evening (Mar. 20). 

After he and his mom, Ellen Marie, taught Katy Perry and Luke Bryan to Irish jig dance and talking A LOT, he auditioned with a cover of Aretha Franklin’s “Chain Of Fools” and Leon Bridges’ “River.”

His audition was met with criticism from Idol judge Luke Bryan and earned praise from Lionel Richie and Katy Perry.

“So first of all, I’ve enjoyed watching you have fun in this moment. You do have a singing voice, but I think your personality is much bigger than what you are giving us,” Bryan said. “I mean, you’re a big personality.”

Richie gushed that he is a great entertainer.

“You are a natural-born entertainer, forget the singing, you are an actor, you are somebody’s host,” Richie said.

“Thomas, I wholeheartedly disagree with my other judges, because I remember when I was 22 and I took a meeting with my now management and as I walked in I cartwheeled and landed in the splits,” Perry added.

However, Perry said she learned “how to bring it down, but know how to also have fun and light up a room and go on stage and river dance your reputation away. There is something there.”

Moran earned two yes’ from Perry and Richie, but Bryan voted ‘no,’ however two yes’ earned him a golden ticket to Hollywood.

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