Emyrson Flora could be the next Billie Eilish if Katy Perry is a good judge of talent.
Flora put her spin on Olivia Rodrigo’s “Drivers License” on Sunday’s “American Idol”, with all three judges blown away with the maturity of Flora’s 16-year-old voice.
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“That’s an old, settled cry you have in your voice,” Lionel Richie said. “When that cry comes out, regardless of whatever else you’re thinking, it’s believable. That’s the whole essence of this thing, is to make sure we feel what you’re singing.”
For Perry, she sees Flora as the next “Bad Guy” singer.
”Your unique special sauce is that cry, and especially holding the room when it’s quiet — it’s a little like Billie Eilish,” Perry said. “She doesn’t have to sing crazy notes, she can have the whole crowd in the palm of her hands by being quiet, and you do that so, so well.”
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Luke Bryan agreed, calling the performance “timeless and classy” and complimenting Flora’s “stage presence” despite being the youngest competitor of the season.