American Idol returned on Sunday evening (April 17) with its High 20 outcomes present and 20 hopefuls competing for America’s votes. One artist who has managed to make it via this far within the competitors is Dan Marshall.
The singer — a former soccer participant for Virginia Tech — instructed viewers that he felt extra assured going into his efficiency, regardless of experiencing a rocky spherical final week, when he needed to go up in opposition to fellow contestant Dakota Hayden for a shot within the High 24.
Choosing Garth Brooks’ “Pals in Low Locations,” Marshall made it clear he was up for a problem. Though getting as much as sing the nation legend’s hit was a tall order, he used his attraction to dazzle the viewers whereas singing on his guitar. He additionally showcased his pure Southern twang on the tune earlier than inviting the viewers members to sing together with him.
Afterward, the judges gave their suggestions, with Lionel Richie volunteering to be the primary to share his ideas.
“You realize Dan, I’m going to only give a fast critique. I need free tickets and backstage passes,” Richie stated, applauding Marshall for his efficiency. “Fact of the matter is, you’ll be able to take this act proper right here and go straight on the street instantly. That’s nearly as good because it will get.”
In contrast to Richie, Katy Perry admitted that she “didn’t get it at first.” Nevertheless, she did ultimately heat as much as the efficiency, saying she thought it was “so enjoyable” and “you’ve had the perfect stage presence that was so genuine and so pure of the entire evening up to now.”
“I feel in earlier rounds, you’ll have missed the mark on a music selection right here or there. This factor is a fourth-quarter soccer battle making it via on American Idol. You then come alongside, and also you decide the suitable music that basically showcases the place you’re going to evolve as an artist. Good job on upping your sport,” Luke Bryan raved.
Because it seems, Brooks himself additionally received in on the fandom: The nation icon confirmed up on a big display screen behind Marshall, and listened in on his Idol audition of “The Dance.”
“Man, he was cool,” Brooks remarked.
The High 14 will probably be revealed when American Idol returns on Monday (April 18) on ABC.
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