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.