Siblings Liahona and Ammon Olayan Leave Luke Bryan ‘Freaking Out’ After ‘American Idol’ Audition

Two talented siblings from Hawaii wow’ed the American Idol judges during their audition on Sunday (Feb. 21).  Hawaii natives Liahona,…


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February 21, 2021


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Two talented siblings from Hawaii wow’ed the American Idol judges during their audition on Sunday (Feb. 21). 

Hawaii natives Liahona, 16, and Ammon, 17,  auditioned as separate contestants, but with one original song called “Listen To My Heart.” The siblings explained that they wrote the song because they tend to fight a lot and say things they don’t mean. 

Their performance concluded with a standing ovation from Luke Bryan and earned praise from each of the Idol judges.

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“The beautiful part about this is it’s so fresh and I don’t even want to critique it hard. I like what you both did. You brought it to the table,” Lionel Richie said.

“I don’t even know what y’all were singing, I don’t even know what was going on, all I know is that I was loving the savantness of it,” Bryan gushed. “I mean, Liahona, you have a voice like we could write a song, record it and it’s ready for the radio. Ammon, you have a little bit of growth vocally but y’all complimenting one another is absolute magic but I think the sky is the limit and I’m just freaking out!”

“Yeah, I think you guys are on the right path. You are talented beyond belief, incredible songwriters, like should be signed right now! That’s going to be your future, really, really, really, really soon,” Perry said.

Perry went on to compare Liahona to Lorde and Alessia Cara.

“You’re just special and you have it,” Bryan added before sending the siblings to Hollywood.

Click above to watch Liahona and Ammon Olayan’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.