Luke Bryan Responds After Danica Steakley’s Father Threatens To Go To ‘The Voice’ Following Failed ‘American Idol’ Audition

Danica Steakley tried her hand at a ticket to Hollywood during the season premiere of American Idol, performing the Hank…


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February 14, 2021


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Danica Steakley tried her hand at a ticket to Hollywood during the season premiere of American Idol, performing the Hank Williams song, “I Can’t Help It (If I’m Still in Love with You).”

Steakley was accompanied by her father who showcased his enthusiasm for his daughter’s shot at winning American Idol. Unfortunately, her vocals fell short for two out of the three judges. 

Katy Perry told Steakley she was “very talented,” however cited her “lack of experience” and “timidness” as her hesitations for advancing her in the competition. Ultimately, Perry decided to give Steakley a greenlight to go to Hollywood. 

“I think you have a fantastic high-end, but holding on to the lows get lost and fad out a little bit,” Lionel Richie told her, adding, “You got the goods. I just think it’s timing and a little bit of experience.” 

Luke Bryan was the first to give a hard no for Steakey, telling her, “You have all the makings to grow into a really, really great singer. The best thing for you is to get out there and gig and play.” 

“My gut tells me that you’re not quite ready,” he added.  

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“I agree with Luke,” Richie confessed. 

Steakley handled the situation well. 

“I’m disappointed, but as a singer, you have to take criticism well and I understand that,” she said. 

Her father, on the other hand, stormed out of the room and told cameras, “I don’t even know any Luke Bryan songs. Who’s he? Next time we’ll have her audition on ‘The Voice!’”

Bryan hilariously replied to the diss on Twitter, writing, “Welp, hopefully, @DanicaSteakley’s Dad knows your songs @blakeshelton haha!” 

In-house mentor Bobby Bones also reacted to the situation on Twitter. 

“Dad was not happy! But @DanicaSteakley took the feedback like a champ,” Bones shared

Click above to watch Danica Steakley’s audition. 

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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.