Hunter Girl, Luke Bryan; Photo Courtesy of ABC
Hunter Girl, Luke Bryan; Photo Courtesy of ABC

Luke Bryan Compares HunterGirl To Miranda Lambert After Rascal Flatts Cover On ‘American Idol’

Did American Idol just discover the next female country superstar?

23-year-old HunterGirl (also known as Hunter Wolkonowski) left a lasting impression on the Idol judges with a cover of Rascal Flatts’ “Riot.”

The Winchester, TN native, who works with veterans as a music therapist, earned a standing ovation from Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie and they couldn’t help but gush over her vocal abilities.

“Hunter, your voice cuts through, it is like a sharp knife. It’s just so nice to listen to, you can tell the story through and through,” Perry told her. ”It’s authentic… You’re obviously a good-hearted person with what you do helping Veterans. You check so many different boxes. All you need is a shot.”

Bryan was so impressed with Hunter Guy that he compared her to one of country music’s biggest stars.

“I wrote Top 10 on my sheet… It’s like a new age Miranda Lambert deal going on,” Bryan exclaimed. “It’s my fifth year doing this and that is my favorite female country voice I’ve heard in five years.”

READ: 12 Fun Facts About HunterGirl

The reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year then presented her with the golden ticket after she earned a ‘yes’ from each of the superstar Idol judges.

“That’s real country right there,” Richie pointed out. “She will have a solid career in country.”

“That is serious right there…” Bryan added. “Straight out of the country.”

After earning her ticket to Hollywood, Hunter thanked veterans for supporting her.

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