Luke Bryan Says Cecil Ray Baker Is “Perfection” After Singing Morgan Wallen Song On ‘American Idol’

Luke Bryan thought 20-year-old Cecil Ray Baker’s audition was “absolute perfection” on American Idol. The machine operator from Texas performed an impressive cover of Morgan Wallen’s If I Know Me track, “Talkin’ Tennessee,” earning him quite the praise from all…

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Posted on February 28, 2021

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Luke Bryan thought 20-year-old Cecil Ray Baker’s audition was “absolute perfection” on American Idol.

The machine operator from Texas performed an impressive cover of Morgan Wallen’s If I Know Me track, “Talkin’ Tennessee,” earning him quite the praise from all three judges.

“I think you are absolute perfection,” Bryan added. “Listen, you are what we’re about here at American Idol.”

“Your voice is really distinctive and interesting and really good enough to potentially do really well in this competition. We always want this male, country kid slot and you may be the best we’ve seen this year potentially in that slot, in my opinion,” Bryan said.

Katy Perry compared the contestant to a country version of Justin Bieber.

“You are a fireball. You remind me of a country Justin Bieber. He has sold a couple of records,” Katy Perry gushed.

“Cecil, sometimes in your career, people can see your potential, before you can see your potential,” Lionel Richie said. “You have no idea in your rawness, what it is that you have.”

The performance not only earn praise from all three judges but also a golden ticket to Hollywood.

Watch his audition below.

New episodes of American Idol air each Sunday at 8 p.m. EST on ABC.

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Andrew Wendowski is the Founder and CEO of Music Mayhem. As a 29-year-old entrepreneur, he oversees content as the Editor-In-Chief for the independent brand. Wendowski, who splits time between Philadelphia, Penn., and Nashville, Tenn., has an extensive background in multimedia. Before launching Music Mayhem in 2014, he worked as a highly sought-after photojournalist and tour photographer, collaborating with such labels as Interscope Records and Republic Records. He has captured photos of some of the biggest names, including Taylor Swift, Metallica, Harry Styles, P!NK, Morgan Wallen, Carrie Underwood, The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Shania Twain, and hundreds more. Wendowski’s photos and freelance work have appeared nationwide and can be seen everywhere from ad campaigns to various publications, including Billboard and Rolling Stone. When Wendowski isn’t running Music Mayhem, he enjoys spending time at concerts, traveling, and capturing photos.

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