‘American Idol': DeWayne Crocker Jr. Surprises Judges With ‘Old Town Road’ [WATCH]
The world is in the grips of a pandemic, but American Idol is continuing on, having taped much of its episodes at the beginning of the year. On Sunday night (March 29), viewers watched half of the lucky remaining 40 contestants travel to the Disney Aulani resort in Hawaii to compete for a spot in the Top 20.
One contestant who definitely surprised judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie was DeWayne Crocker Jr. The singer's performance was preceded by footage showing how much fun he was having hanging out at the resort with his mom, grandmother and great-grandmother, all of whom have had considerable influence on his life and were in Hawaii to cheer him on. Even more fun, however, was his out-of-nowhere decision to cover Lil Nas X's viral sensation "Old Town Road" ... but, as he said, giving it a bit of a "reggae" feel.
The performance, which had Crocker swaying about in a black cowboy hat (and didn't actually have much reggae vibe, despite his advertisement) had all three judges stomping about in glee. "I think he just played us!" crowed Perry, as Richie and Bryan circled about, laughing delightedly.
Crocker himself was no less elated: "I don't want to go home after that performance. It was probably the most fun I've ever had," he admitted.
When it came time to decide Dewayne's fate, the judges took on a serious tone, sitting him down to discuss the performance.
"Last night, when I saw you walk out on that stage with that cowboy hat on, I'm thinking, 'Who the heck is this guy?'" said Richie.
"Little gimmicky," added Perry.
"But sometimes, the gimmick will work," added Richie.
"Now, we have been really wrestling with you. This was a very hard decision for us," Richie continued. "And now, what is your great-grandmother gonna wear ... when you come back to Hollywood? You're gonna be in our next Top 20, my friend!"
As Crocker burst into a huge smile, Richie continued, "That was one of our favorite performances. And you were trying to be shy right now. Wow. Wow. You were trying to be shy. Can you believe it? Not only were we thoroughly entertained, but you sounded great."
"You played all of us, and you played well," said Perry. "Don't you dare be modest!"
American Idol airs on Sundays at 8PM ET. Part 2 of the Hawaii fun will air on April 5, when viewers will find out the final Top 20 lineup.
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