Katy had to take several moments to collect herself. “I just wanna say ‘How dare you,’” she told Lady K.
The 25-year-old contestant from Tuskegee, Tennessee touched the hearts of all three judges.
After taking a moment, Katy Perry continued, “You sang with such elegance, beauty, grace and filigree. It’s like you reinvented the song. It’s like your heart is shining through your vocal cords because it just pours out of you.”
“Because it just flows. It’s tremendous and it’s so honest. It is just magic,” Luke added. “You sang into a Katy Perry song and turned it into you. And then you had Katy Perry crying. I mean what are you doing?” Lionel said.
“I’m so proud,” said Richie. “Tuskegee will never be the same. I know you landed there for a purpose. You sang a Katy Perry song and turned it into you. Then you made Katy Perry cry.”
All three Idol judges gave Lady K a yes and she walked away with a ticket to Hollywood.