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.
Among the contestants making it into the Top 10 was the “Spiritual Cowboy” Dillon James, who performed The Beatles’ hit “Yesterday.”
“Dillon I wanted you to give a little bit of breath to it, it felt like very metronome within these parameters and I think you’re such an artist that needs to paint beyond the lines with your voice,” Katy Perry told him.
“You have an absolute sound to your voice, it’s identifiable to you and you only, keep that in focus, be yourself,” said Lionel Richie.
“Yeah, I’m kind of with Katy on that too, I think what’s important though is that I don’t want what I say to affect just how great your artistry is, we’re just trying to coach you. I do think maybe next time you perform that song somewhere, just kind of slow down and relax it and really let those lyrics be able to take shape and form,” Luke Bryan advised.
The Top 10 will be narrowed down to the Top 7 come next week. Fans who would like to vote for Dillon James can vote online or by texting 15 to 21523.
American Idol returns next Sunday (May 10) at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.