Louis Knight made quite the impression on the judges as he made his “American Idol” comeback on Monday night.
The 20-year-old joined fan-favourites from season 18 of the hit show to battle it out for a spot in this season’s Top 10, as they didn’t get to take the stage last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Knight got cut after the Top 7 round last year but was ready to show the judges just how hard he’s since been working.
The singer closed out the Comeback Round with a stunning performance of his original song “Maybe That”, which he partly wrote while waiting to audition for “Idol” in Washington, D.C.
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Katy Perry gushed, “I’ve always thought you were super authentic and I think you really came out here and bared your soul.
“You wrote this song, it’s your song, of course, you’d like to be in the Top 10 but I think mostly what matters is that whoever you wrote this song for… they hear this and they call you back. I really felt that for you and that means I was connected.”
Luke Bryan added, “The whole time I thought, Tremendous growth. I was totally caught up in your moment, totally focused. It felt like a legitimate artist, a real show, it pulled me in. I felt your pain.”
Lionel Richie shared, “I’m just going to commend you on the fact you actually turned into a great songwriter. Not just from where you are but how far you’ve come. You did a fabulous job.”
Viewers will have the final say on which of the returning 10 season-18 contestants qualify for this season’s Top 10, with the results of the public vote set to be revealed on May 2.