Luke Bryan Encourages Hunter Metts To Take a Risk On ‘American Idol’ — And It Pays Off

Hunter Metts, Luke Bryan
Hunter Metts, Luke Bryan; Photos Courtesy ABC/ American Idol
Hunter Metts, Luke Bryan

American Idol returned to ABC on Monday evening (March 29) for the Showstopper/ Final Judgement Round and standout contestant Hunter Metts took the stage for a chance to earn a spot in the Top 24. 

Things got emotional prior to his performance as he came face-to-face with Idol judges Katy Perry and Luke Bryan to discuss his time on the show and what’s next for him. 

“This might be the biggest moment of my life… cause I really want it,” the 22-year-old shared as his emotional backstory aired. 

Metts then met with in-house mentor Bobby Bones to chat about his insecurities as Metts admitted he was scared that he was not good enough to advance in the competition. 

All nerves aside, Metts took the stage to perform an acoustic Noah Cyrus’ “July.” 

“In your audition, you were flying high, some things happened, we wondered where our Hunter was. What we arrived at the conclusion that no one else sounds like you and if we’re leaning on you and pushing you, it’s because that’s our job,” Bryan told Metts following his performance. 

“Don’t get caught up in the noise and everything around you. You are definitely in our Top 24,” Bryan added. “Stay you and keep pushing, cause it worked.”

Metts tearfully thanked the judges for advancing him to the Top 24.

Click above to re-live his performance.

American Idol returns to ABC next Sunday and Monday at 8/7 c for the celebrity duets round.