Mike Parker Covers A Chart-Topping Luke Combs’ Hit On ‘American Idol’: “That Was Some Authentic Country, Soul”

After being saved from elimination last week, Mike Parker returned to the American Idol stage with hopes to win America’s votes back with a performance of Luke Combs’ breakout hit, “Hurricane.” Ahead of his performance, the Tennessee native sat down…

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Posted on April 24, 2022

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After being saved from elimination last week, Mike Parker returned to the American Idol stage with hopes to win America’s votes back with a performance of Luke Combs’ breakout hit, “Hurricane.”

Ahead of his performance, the Tennessee native sat down with American Idol alum Gabby Barrett, who returned to the show to offer the Top 14 contestants advice.

“Oh my God, you’re a serious country artist, cowboy boots on… Stamped a country artist,” Barrett said of Parker, who was wearing brown boots during their first meeting.

After Parker told her he had plans to sing “Hurricane,” Barrett joked, “Oh, you got some boots to fill, boy!”

Barrett then offered Parker advice, encouraging him to move around on stage and to be more aware of his facial expressions.

“When I get up on that stage, I’m going to open my eyes and do my best to win America back,” Parker declared.

His performance of Combs’ debut single earned praise from idol judges and showcased his confident stage presence.

“Okay Mike, Okay, that was your stage. You made that stage yours,” Katy Perry said. “You were sanging, that was some authentic country, soul… I was locked in on that, you were feeling it, that was your stage.”

“I was so into that,” Luke Bryan told Parker, referencing his stage presence. “Mike, that performance showed me you’re a fighter. You’re out here fightin’, you know, to come from last week to battle back and then have this performance. I mean, way to show up and show America you’re here to play.”

“That is the way you were supposed to be, come get us, we’re the audience right?” Lionel Richie said. “You did it, you killed it and what I’m loving the most is your storytelling… That storytelling voice you have, more of it, more of it. Relax and enjoy it, it’s your stage.”

Mike Parker’s performance ultimately secured him a place in the Top 11. American Idol returns on Monday, April 25 at 8/7c 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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