Jewel and Hunter Metts Team Up For ‘Who Will Save Your Soul’ Duet on ‘American Idol’

ABC’s American Idol returned Monday evening (April 5) with an exciting second round of celebrity duets, featuring a number of…


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April 5, 2021


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Jewel and Hunter Metts; Photo Courtesy of ABC

ABC’s American Idol returned Monday evening (April 5) with an exciting second round of celebrity duets, featuring a number of superstar artists including Josh Groban, Tori Kelly, Jewel, Jason Aldean, Incubus’ Brandon Boyd and more.

Superstar Jewel was on-hand to duet with Top 24 contestant Hunter Metts, who previously took the stage for a solo performance of Sia’s “Chandelier.”

The pair joined forces to sing Jewel’s “Who Will Save Your Soul” and had the judges raving over their performance.  

“The beauty of you is if you have a great night, an okay night, not a great night. You still have such an undeniable sounding voice that’s your own that you can always count on,” Luke Bryan gushed. “I mean even at one moment I was just like ‘God, you get this kid the right song and everybody will know that voice forever.”

Lionel Richie agreed. 

“Ditto. Ditto. Ditto. You are a stylist, I can close my eyes, I know it’s you,” Richie added. “On a bad day you sound just like yourself. So, you can’t mess this up, you understand me. I need from you to feel confident to lean forward. You’ve got everything you need to be the superstar you want to be.”

Katy Perry challenged Metts to have more confidence in himself. 

“Yeah, Hunter, I could see a little fear in your eyes. I think you know you’ve seen all these incredible talented contestants come up and you’re judging yourself against them, like am I going to go ahead or not.” Perry said. “You’re Hunter Metts! You have a unique voice that is only your own, so you really can’t and should not be judging yourself against them.”

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The 22-year-old singer previously performed Noah Cyrus’ “July,” Kaleo’s “All The Pretty Girls” and more.

Fans can vote for Hunter Metts by using the official American Idol app, visiting or by texting 23 to 21523. Please note, fans can vote 10 times, per contestant, per voting method.

American Idol returns on Sundays and Mondays at 8 p.m. EST on ABC.

Click above to watch Jewel and Metts’ performance. 

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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 and her work being featured on 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.