American Idol returned on Sunday evening with the contestants who made it through Hollywood week. The remaining Idol hopefuls were paired up together for the exciting duets round.
Platinum ticket recipient HunterGirl was awarded the opportunity to choose her duet partner for the next round and she hand-picked Cole Wesley Ritter to join her on stage.
“He sounded great and I thought our voices could go well together,” HunterGirl shared of her reason for choosing Ritter as her duet partner.
Each team selected a duo name for the evening and HunterGirl and Ritter got a bit creative with theirs.
“We are doing ‘Dreams’ by Fleetwood Mac, but you could tell by my accent, and us being the country genre, we’re kind of a little bit redneck. So, we’re going by Backwood Mac,” HunterGirl explained.
The pair then went on to perform the Fleetwood Mac hit, each showcasing their unique vocals.
Following their duet, Idol judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan gave the two contestants a standing ovation and commentary on their impressive performance.
“So good,” Bryan said, praising their performance.
“Country girl, you have an undeniable tone in your voice that just cuts through,” Perry gushed. “You all did nothing wrong. You sounded great together.”
“Cole, you just put out an immediate vibe that you want to jump on board with some of that,” Bryan added.
HunterGirl and Cole Ritter Advanced To The Showstopper Round
HunterGirl and Ritter both advanced to the next round, which is The Showstopper Round.
The Showstopper round will find the contestant taking the stage for the first time with a full band. According to an Idol press release, Idol hopefuls will sing for their last chance to make it in the Top 24.
American Idol returns with another round of duets on Monday evening (April 4).