Luke Taylor is already a TikTok sensation with over 2 million followers, but does he have what it takes to be the next American Idol?
The 20-year-old college student has a unique, deep voice and he quickly caught the attention of the Idol judges while singing Johnny Cash’s “Ring Of Fire.” Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie watched in amazement as the viral sensation sang the classic country tune.
“Well listen son, you’re going to Hollywood. As I don’t care if I have to cut an arm off,” Bryan told him after his performance as he made his way from the desk to the other side of the room.
The country superstar went on to make a request and asked the Idol hopeful to sing “Frosty the Snowman.” He handed him his phone so he could read the lyrics to the Christmas tune.
“If my wife sends something to this phone I want you to get out of it real quick,” Bryan laughed.
After Taylor sang the Christmas classic, Bryan told him, “We don’t want you to be a novelty Christmas song singer. But voices like you have, there’s always a place for them.”
While Bryan was all-in, Perry didn’t seem to be on board.
“I think it’s cool, but if you don’t give us those other notes, it’s just one gimmick,” she said. “So I’m a little bit worried that it’s gonna be funny but not seriously able to compete.”
Richie somewhat agreed but decided to pass him on to the next round. “I don’t think this is gonna go all the way. On the other hand, Hollywood week is an interesting week… It’s gonna be yes from me.”
Perry ultimately voted no.
“Luke, I like you a lot. I want to hear Christmas songs forever from you. In terms of the competition, I think it’s just a little bit impractical unless you’re gonna use those other notes,” she explained. “You’ve gotta use those other notes, so I’m gonna have to say no for American Idol.”
Taylor ultimately earned a ticket to Hollywood as Bryan exclaimed, “I think you’re gonna be fun in Hollywood week!”
“I never thought this would happen,” the Idol contestant shared. “It feels awesome to have this in my hand.”
American Idol airs Sundays at 8/7c on ABC.