TikTok Sensation Luke Taylor Auditions for ‘Idol’ with Johnny Cash Song and His Deep Voice Leaves the Judges Divided
Luke Taylor is already a TikTok sensation with over 2 million followers, but does he have what it takes to…
Luke Taylor; Photo Courtesy American Idol, ABC
Luke Taylor is already a TikTok sensation with over 2 million followers, but does he have what it takes to be the next American Idol?
The 20-year-old college student has a unique, deep voice and he quickly caught the attention of the Idol judges while singing Johnny Cash‘s “Ring Of Fire.” Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie watched in amazement as the viral sensation sang the classic country tune.
“Well listen son, you’re going to Hollywood. As I don’t care if I have to cut an arm off,” Bryan told him after his performance as he made his way from the desk to the other side of the room.
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The country superstar went on to make a request and asked the Idol hopeful to sing “Frosty the Snowman.” He handed him his phone so he could read the lyrics to the Christmas tune.
“If my wife sends something to this phone I want you to get out of it real quick,” Bryan laughed.
After Taylor sang the Christmas classic, Bryan told him, “We don’t want you to be a novelty Christmas song singer. But voices like you have, there’s always a place for them.”
While Bryan was all-in, Perry didn’t seem to be on board.
“I think it’s cool, but if you don’t give us those other notes, it’s just one gimmick,” she said. “So I’m a little bit worried that it’s gonna be funny but not seriously able to compete.”
Richie somewhat agreed but decided to pass him on to the next round. “I don’t think this is gonna go all the way. On the other hand, Hollywood week is an interesting week… It’s gonna be yes from me.”
Perry ultimately voted no.
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“Luke, I like you a lot. I want to hear Christmas songs forever from you. In terms of the competition, I think it’s just a little bit impractical unless you’re gonna use those other notes,” she explained. “You’ve gotta use those other notes, so I’m gonna have to say no for American Idol.”
Taylor ultimately earned a ticket to Hollywood as Bryan exclaimed, “I think you’re gonna be fun in Hollywood week!”
“I never thought this would happen,” the Idol contestant shared. “It feels awesome to have this in my hand.”
American Idol airs Sundays at 8/7c on ABC.
Lauren Jo Black
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 Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. 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.