Luke Bryan And Gabby Barrett; Photo by Eric McCandless/Walt Disney Television/ABC
Luke Bryan And Gabby Barrett; Photo by Eric McCandless/Walt Disney Television/ABC

Luke Bryan Recalls When Gabby Barrett Walked Into ‘American Idol’: “There Was Just Something Magical About That”

Luke Bryan recently released a brand new episode of his Apple Music Party Barn Radio show, where he chatted with fellow superstar Blake Shelton and they discussed their love for voice competition shows.

During the interview, Shelton gushed that him becoming a coach on The Voice was one of the biggest moments of his career.

“The biggest moment in my career was getting that job on The Voice because it just took me to a whole new audience and it took my career to new places that as a country singer, you hope to get to the top,” Shelton explained. “You want as many people to hear and love your music as they can. But then with The Voice, it introduced me to people who weren’t even necessarily country fans.”

When speaking about being a judge on American Idol, Bryan said “nothing is more fun than being in the room when a star is born.”

“I mean, you got to go through hundreds of people to find that star,” Bryan continued.

The “Down To One” singer and Idol judge then recalled when Gabby Barrett competed on the show.

“It’s just like when Gabby Barrett walked into ‘American Idol’,” Bryan explained. “she didn’t win ‘American Idol’, but even I just said, there was just something magical about that… I know you’ve seen that stuff too, and that’s what brings you back.”

“We inadvertently compete against each other… But telling the stories of the kids and me sitting up there, I remember when I took the role of Idol, I’m like, ‘Man, there, ain’t no way I’m going to be boohooing and crying and emotional,’ but it is emotional and it is amazing to watch kids put their life on the line,” Bryan added.

American Idol’s 2021 Season premiere airs on February 14th at 8 p.m. EST on ABC.

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