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‘American Idol’: Noah Thompson and Olivia Faye Advance

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American Idol returned on Sunday (April 3) with night time two of Hollywood Week. Hoping to whittle down the competitors, judges paired up the remaining artists for the grueling “Duets Problem.”

Halfway via the two-hour present, Season 20 contestants Noah Thompson and Olivia Faye have been put to the take a look at of singing collectively onstage. Already, performing as a part of a duet appeared like a frightening process, however it wasn’t the one bother they confronted going into the spherical. The Kentucky natives additionally had issues deciding on the suitable tune to sing in entrance of the judges.

Initially, Thompson and Faye went with the Invoice Withers basic “Lean on Me.” Nonetheless, in rehearsals, their vocal and music coaches have been unenthused by their tune selection and provided the suggestion to return to the drafting board to pick a rustic tune.

Scanning over the checklist of songs, Thompson and Faye admitted they have been each unfamiliar with Maren Morris’ “The Bones,” and with barely any time left to rehearse, they selected to carry out Noah Cyrus’ “July.”

After placing in some hours of apply, Thompson, who deliberate to play his guitar, determined to sing with out his instrument.

“Tonight, we determined that we’re not going to be taking part in any devices on this spherical as a result of I’m not one of the best guitarist,” the singer and proud father stated. “My son’s title is Walker. He’s positively one of the best factor that’s ever occurred to me now. He’s my push in all of this. He’s all I take into consideration proper earlier than I stroll up there, and everyone again dwelling.”

“We’re doing this for Walker and Kentucky. We’re going to make them proud,” Faye chimed in earlier than the 2 singers hit the stage.

Seated on separate stools for his or her efficiency, each Thompson and Faye provided up an emotional tackle the Cyrus ballad. Halfway via their efficiency, nevertheless, Thompson got here in too early, exhibiting judges that he wasn’t fairly ready to ship the tune with none errors.

Regardless of the hiccup, each singers impressed judges sufficient to maneuver on to the following part of the competitors.

“Noah, man, it was not your greatest efficiency,” Luke Bryan shared. “From there, the dominos form of fell to begin affecting each of you. However, these duet rounds power you to dig in and combat. And solely the sturdy survive for each of y’all, however it’s a combat that you simply’re nonetheless in. You’re going via to the following spherical.”

American Idol airs each Sunday and Monday on ABC.

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