Luke Bryan Declares He Needs a ‘Fireball Shot’ After Dancing with ‘American Idol’ Contestant Yurisbel

American Idol contestant Yurisbel had Luke Bryan, Lionel Richie and Katy Perry on their feet with an audition like no…


Lauren Jo Black

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February 21, 2021


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American Idol contestant Yurisbel had Luke Bryan, Lionel Richie and Katy Perry on their feet with an audition like no other. 

The Cuban native, who currently resides in Miami, Florida, took to the American Idol stage with a performance of “Fireball.”

After taunting Luke Bryan with lyrics from “Play It Again,” Yurisbel got the country superstar out of his seat to dance. Bryan hopped over the judges‘ table to join him for a dance-off while Perry and Richie danced near their seats. 

“I need a fireball shot,” Bryan declared following their friendly dance competition. 

“That was the best workout…I’m exhausted,” Richie said as Bryan added, “I’ve pulled a hunch muscle!”

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As the excitement from their dance session wore off, the judges had an important decision to make. 

Although Bryan said he was “too out of breath to talk” he voted to send Yurisbel to Hollywood. 

While Perry told him, “I think you would definitely disrupt the competition,” she admitted that she had to say no. 

“I just don’t think anyone would ever trust me again if I said yes,” she explained.  

After deeming him “the mascot of fun,” Richie sided with Bryan and voted to send the Miami native to Hollywood. 

Click above to watch Luke Bryan dance with Yurisbel. 

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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.