‘American Idol’s’ Jovin Webb Stops Luke Bryan In His Tracks With Joe Cocker Hit

American Idol made history on Sunday night (April 26), returning for the first of many live shows broadcasting from the…


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April 26, 2020


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American Idol made history on Sunday night (April 26), returning for the first of many live shows broadcasting from the homes of the cast and contestants around the country. Live to tape from 28 states, Sunday night’s episode showcased performances from the Top 20. Making the most of the situation, producers shipped each contestant equipment and had them perform from home alongside the Idol band. The judges, Luke Bryan, Lionel Richie and Katy Perry, as well as host, Ryan Seacrest, and in-house mentor, Bobby Bones, also appeared from their homes.

Jovin Webb, who previously wow’ed the judges with a Chris Stapelton cover, returned to perform the 1968 Joe Cocker hit, “With a Little Help from My Friends.” His performance impressed all of the judges, especially Bryan.

“Jovin, the most important thing to do when you’re a singer is to stop people in their track and your voice does that and you’re a very special talent,” the country superstar told Webb. “It’s so endearing. Great job.”

“You have that instant identity,” Richie added. “I know that’s you when you open your mouth.”

Perry went on to compliment the singer as well.

“All in all, I thought you really separated yourself, even with all the same equipment,” she said.

The Top 20 will be narrowed down to the Top 10 come next week. Fans who would like to vote for Jovin Webb can vote online or by texting 2 to 21523.

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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.