Former software engineer, 22-year-old Hunter Metts from Franklin, Tennessee, returned to American Idol for the third time this season and had judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie predicting he’ll go far in the competition.
His performance of “All The Pretty Girls” by KALEO nearly brought Bryan to tears.
“Woah, man, there was one note you hit that man I got the real deal chills,” the country superstar told him following his performance.
“Real deal chills,” Perry added. “I went future planning! I was like I literally pulled up my ‘Mission Impossible’ thing and I was like ‘Hunter Metts Top 10!'”
Equally impressed, Richie told Metts, “See, we got plans for you son. You understand me? All you got to do is just stay in your lane and take us on a journey.”
After requesting that his sister join them in the room for their decision, Bryan confessed, “I almost started crying when he hit that one note.”
With his sister, Maddie, by his side, Metts learned his fate with all three judges giving him a golden ticket.
“Hunter Metts, I think you’re top 10,” Perry told him.
“I wrote top 10 too,” Bryan excitedly shared.
Click above to watch Hunter Metts’ audition.
American Idol returns on Sunday (March 7) at 8/7c.