American Idol Contestant Kaibrienne “KB” Richins Gives Luke Bryan Full Body Chills With ‘Something In The Orange’ Cover

“You just have it,” Bryan told her.

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Lauren Jo Black

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February 26, 2024

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KB Richins; Photo by Disney/Eric McCandless, Luke Bryan; Photo Courtesy American Idol, YouTube

Kaibrienne “KB” Richins held nothing back during her American Idol audition, showcasing her raw, soulful vocals, while singing Zach Bryan’s “Something In The Orange.” 

What Illness Does KB Richins Suffer From?

Richins, 20, resides in Henefer, Utah, and has been struggling with Hashimoto’s disease since she was diagnosed in the fourth grade.   

“It’s a thyroid disease that’s super painful and when it flares up, it’s just crazy mood swings. It’s so bad,” she explained. 

Her father recounted the challenges they’ve encountered since KB’s diagnosis, delivering a heartfelt message to Idol producers.

“It’s been a struggle to see the most beautiful girl in the world, who I know has more potential in the tip of her finger than I will ever have, struggle to regulate her emotions so she can be going from this is the best thing in the world, to turning your head towards you and say she wants to die,” he emotionally admitted. 

Auditioning For American Idol Has Been A Life-Long Dream For KB

KB said she grew up watching American Idol, but fear always kept her from auditioning. 

KB Richins; Photo by Disney/Eric McCandless
KB Richins; Photo by Disney/Eric McCandless

“It’s always been the dream. I just have never been confident enough in myself or really believed in myself enough to do it,” she said. “I think I’m a little bit too hard on myself a lot of the time.”  

She Sang In The Car With Her Dad

To cope with her illness KB turned to singing and would often sing while in the car driving with her father and sister. One day, her dad decided to film her and began posting videos of her signing on social media. They raked in over a million followers within just a few months. 

“Those times when she sings are when she can start to really believe in herself. You really are the best. Katie, I love you,” her dad sweetly shared. 

KB Richins; Photo by Disney/Eric McCandless
KB Richins; Photo by Disney/Eric McCandless

Backed by a piano, KB poured her heart into her performance of “Something in the Orange,” captivating the judges who watched in awe. 

By the end of her performance, it was clear, simply by the looks on the judges’ faces, that she left a lasting impression. 

“From the first note I had full body wave of chills and I liked even how you just kind of shook it out and then you hacked up something and started singing,” Luke Bryan told her. 

Watch KB Richins’ American Idol Audition

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The other judges, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie, laughed at his comment before he continued, “Did she not? But she was like, ‘Let’s go. It’s on.’ That’s what I have to do, right.? But the coolest thing is you’re 20. You’re from a little old small town in Utah…1,000 people. You just have it. Great job!”  

Katy Perry added, “I think you have a real unique tone about you and it’s very special. It may need some pulling and prodding and just people to help strengthen it, but that is the special sauce that people have to have when they’re forming who they are as an artist.” 

Lionel Richie praised KB’s ability to make the song her own.

“I’ve heard that song on gazillion and one times, but that was your song. And you told the story and that’s your sound. I really loved what you did,” he told her. 

On Her Way To Hollywood

When it was time to vote, Bryan, Perry and Richie said “yes” and KB officially earned her golden ticket to Hollywood. 

After the show, KB Richins took to social media to share her excitement, writing, “A DREAM COME TRUE!! Can’t believe I’m headed to Hollywood!!”  

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Lauren Jo Black

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Lauren Jo Black

Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.