American Idol returned on Sunday night (May 3), broadcasting from the homes of the cast and contestants around the country. Live to tape from 25 locations, Sunday night’s episode unveiled the Top 10. 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.
Being named as the first contestant to make it into the Top 10 was Louis Knight. The pizza delivery driver kicked off the show performing Coldplay’s “In My Place.”
Mentor Bobby Bones praised the Pennsylvania native, assuring him that he’s earned “heartthrob status” while taking advantage of his time at home to workout and better his craft as a musician.
“It was really commendable of you to lean into those roots of yours,” Katy Perry shared. “I think whatever happens you’re a star, obviously. I thought it was a good song choice and it really pulled at my heartstrings and it made the escape to a better time which is what we need right now.”
“I must say Louis I wasn’t completely blown away, but at the core of all this, you really have that star quality. Keep singing songs like that, that do speak to you,” boasted Luke Bryan.
“You did a great job my friend, play that camera as much as you can, that’s going to be the ticket that’s going to get you over the top,” added Lionel Richie.
The Top 10 will be narrowed down to the Top 7 come next week. Fans who would like to vote for Louis Knight can vote online or by texting 5 to 21523.
American Idol returns next Sunday (May 10) at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.