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American Idol: Katy Perry teases Ryan Seacrest over starting 'mosh pit' with overexcited contestant


Katy Perry joked that an overexcited contestant might start a ‘mosh pit’ with Ryan Seacrest on Sunday during American Idol‘s selection of its Top 16.

Colin Jamieson, a 22-year-old wedding singer from Boxford, Massachusetts, was his usual ebullient self during the ABC show that cut eight remaining contestants.

While performing Everybody Wants To Rule The World by Tears For Fears, the former boy-band singer worked the stage and its cameras like a pro.

Mosh pit: Katy Perry joked that an overexcited contestant might start a 'mosh pit' with Ryan Seacrest on Sunday during American Idol's selection of its Top 16

Mosh pit: Katy Perry joked that an overexcited contestant might start a ‘mosh pit’ with Ryan Seacrest on Sunday during American Idol’s selection of its Top 16

Katy, 36, and the other judges praised Colin’s performance, which showed off his pipes, too.

‘Surprise, surprise, puppy surprise, who knew you had those vocals inside?’ the 13-time Grammy nominee asked him. ‘You are an incredible vocalist, and I love watching you play to the camera.’

Show host Ryan, 46, was thrilled to encounter someone so peppy after facing his share of nervous and downright taciturn contestants throughout the show.

‘Yes! Yes!’ Ryan yelled at Colin joyously, as the two men fake-charged each other.

Into it: Show host Ryan, 46, was thrilled to encounter someone so peppy after facing his share of nervous and downright taciturn contestants throughout the show

Into it: Show host Ryan, 46, was thrilled to encounter someone so peppy after facing his share of nervous and downright taciturn contestants throughout the show

Extra energy: Colin Jamieson, a 22-year-old wedding singer from Boxford, Massachusetts, was his usual ebullient self during the ABC show that cut eight remaining contestants

Extra energy: Colin Jamieson, a 22-year-old wedding singer from Boxford, Massachusetts, was his usual ebullient self during the ABC show that cut eight remaining contestants

‘Oh my God, if you start a mosh pit with Ryan Seacrest the Internet will explode,’ Katy joked.

‘I can’t mosh in my loafers, I’ll fall,’ Ryan replied, telling Colin, ‘I don’t think you know where the snooze button is. You just wake up and go.’

He mimed throwing a pitch to Colin, who naturally pretended to hit it out of the park.

Fake charge: 'Yes! Yes!' Ryan yelled at Colin joyously, as the two men fake-charged each other

Fake charge: ‘Yes! Yes!’ Ryan yelled at Colin joyously, as the two men fake-charged each other

The judges: Lionel Richie, Katy and Luke Bryan critiqued the performances on the ABC show

The judges: Lionel Richie, Katy and Luke Bryan critiqued the performances on the ABC show

It was a rare light moment during the show, which saw last week’s top 24 performers whittled down to 16.

Viewers were then asked to vote again for their favorites, as the top 12 will be revealed on Monday with 10 chosen by voters and two by the judges.

The first contestant through was Alyssa Wray, a 19-year-old college student from Perryville, Kentucky, who crooned Roberta Flack’s Killing Me Softly With His Song.

College student: The first contestant through was Alyssa Wray, a 19-year-old college student from Perryville, Kentucky, who crooned Roberta Flack's Killing Me Softly With His Song

College student: The first contestant through was Alyssa Wray, a 19-year-old college student from Perryville, Kentucky, who crooned Roberta Flack’s Killing Me Softly With His Song

‘That was totally a vibe,’ emphasized Katy, who’d told Alyssa before to let go of her ‘theatrical’ persona. ‘You were actually an artist for the first time in my eyes today.’

Graham DeFranco, a 27-year-old aerial survey pilot from Rockwell, Texas, was next to be voted through and did a soft-rock cover of Frank Sinatra’s That’s Life.

‘You know what’s really endearing about you?’ judge Luke Bryan, 44, asked him. ‘You keep being the guy who can’t believe he’s here. [And] you’ve got this timeless voice.’

Survey pilot: Graham DeFranco, a 27-year-old aerial survey pilot from Rockwell, Texas, was next to be voted through and did a soft-rock cover of Frank Sinatra's That's Life

Survey pilot: Graham DeFranco, a 27-year-old aerial survey pilot from Rockwell, Texas, was next to be voted through and did a soft-rock cover of Frank Sinatra’s That’s Life

Grace Kinstler, 20, a college student from Lakewood, Illinois, after earning her spot delivered a soulful take on Sia’s Elastic Heart, which had the whole room applauding.

‘You are a force to be reckoned with,’ Lionel Richie, 71, told her. ‘When I watch you perform, it’s laser-sharp… you can close your eyes and still have us keeping our eyes on you.’

Alanis Sophia, 19, a college student from Dade City, Florida, then rocked out to Brandi Carlile’s The Story, earning a standing ovation from all three judges.

Amazing voice: Grace Kinstler, 20, a college student from Lakewood, Illinois, after earning her spot delivered a soulful take on Sia's Elastic Heart, which had the whole room applauding

Amazing voice: Grace Kinstler, 20, a college student from Lakewood, Illinois, after earning her spot delivered a soulful take on Sia’s Elastic Heart, which had the whole room applauding

Standing ovation: Alanis Sophia, 19, a college student from Dade City, Florida, then rocked out to Brandi Carlile's The Story, earning a standing ovation from all three judges

Standing ovation: Alanis Sophia, 19, a college student from Dade City, Florida, then rocked out to Brandi Carlile’s The Story, earning a standing ovation from all three judges

They all felt however that she needed to boost her range, confidence and prowess onstage.

Willie Spence, 21, a caretaker from Douglas, Georgia, chose Adele’s Set Fire To The Rain and went soft in its loudest places, scoring another standing ovation.

‘What we just saw was God took control of you,’ Lionel told Willie. ‘That was close to a Donnie Hathaway, Luther Vandross, Willie moment. You grabbed it… and you just stepped on us.’

On fire: Willie Spence, 21, a caretaker from Douglas, Georgia, chose Adele's Set Fire To The Rain and went soft in its loudest places, scoring another standing ovation

On fire: Willie Spence, 21, a caretaker from Douglas, Georgia, chose Adele’s Set Fire To The Rain and went soft in its loudest places, scoring another standing ovation

Deshawn Goncalves, 20, a college student from Cleveland, did a chill-inducing rendition of Nina Simone’s Feelin’ Good, starting a capella and ending on a high note.

‘Something happened within a week’s span,’ Katy told Deshawn. ‘It was the next level for you.’

After going through, Wyatt Pike, 20, a college student from Park City, Utah, warbled Kings of Leon’s Use Somebody, turning in a typically laid-back performance. 

Next level: Deshawn Goncalves, 20, a college student from Cleveland, did a chill-inducing rendition of Nina Simone's Feelin' Good, starting a capella and ending on a high note

Next level: Deshawn Goncalves, 20, a college student from Cleveland, did a chill-inducing rendition of Nina Simone’s Feelin’ Good, starting a capella and ending on a high note

Laid  back: After going through, Wyatt Pike, 20, a college student from Park City, Utah, warbled Kings of Leon's Use Somebody, turning in a typically laid-back performance

Laid  back: After going through, Wyatt Pike, 20, a college student from Park City, Utah, warbled Kings of Leon’s Use Somebody, turning in a typically laid-back performance

Cassandra Coleman, 24, a coffee shop manager from Columbia, Tennessee, made it and sang a haunting version of Chris Isaak’s Wicked Game. 

Caleb Kennedy, 16, a high school student from Roebuck, South Carolina, moved in the next round with a seasoned-sounding cover of Chris Stapleton’s Midnight Train To Memphis. 

Casey Bishop, 16, a high school student from Estero, Florida, got in and debuted a surprisingly pretty, nearly jazzy cover of Soundgarden’s Black Hole Sun.

Haunting rendition: Cassandra Coleman, 24, a coffee shop manager from Columbia, Tennessee, made it and sang a haunting version of Chris Isaak's Wicked Game

Haunting rendition: Cassandra Coleman, 24, a coffee shop manager from Columbia, Tennessee, made it and sang a haunting version of Chris Isaak’s Wicked Game

Country singer: Caleb Kennedy, 16, a high school student from Roebuck, South Carolina, moved in the next round with a seasoned-sounding cover of Chris Stapleton's Midnight Train To Memphis

Country singer: Caleb Kennedy, 16, a high school student from Roebuck, South Carolina, moved in the next round with a seasoned-sounding cover of Chris Stapleton’s Midnight Train To Memphis

Rock singer: Casey Bishop, 16, a high school student from Estero, Florida, got in and debuted a surprisingly pretty, nearly jazzy cover of Soundgarden's Black Hole Sun

Rock singer: Casey Bishop, 16, a high school student from Estero, Florida, got in and debuted a surprisingly pretty, nearly jazzy cover of Soundgarden’s Black Hole Sun

The whole room cheered as Luke said, ‘Wow, you can sing anything you want to. There’s so many amazing notes in what you just did.’

‘Vocally and technically, it was so A-level, so precise,’ Katy concurred. ‘You’re dangerous.’

Madison Watkins, 26, a hair model from Fayetteville, Arkansas, brought the emotion with her cover of Sara Bareilles’ Gravity, her voice breaking in the last two lines of the song.

Emotional cover: Madison Watkins, 26, a hair model from Fayetteville, Arkansas, brought the emotion with her cover of Sara Bareilles' Gravity, her voice breaking in the last two lines of the song

Emotional cover: Madison Watkins, 26, a hair model from Fayetteville, Arkansas, brought the emotion with her cover of Sara Bareilles’ Gravity, her voice breaking in the last two lines of the song

‘There are a lot of voices that can hit amazing notes,’ Lionel told Madison. ‘But there are very few voices that can be a great expressive voice and be able to tell a story… that’s very special.’

‘Full-package stardom,’ Katy agreed, as Luke called it a ‘flawless vocal.’

Beane, 23, a wedding singer from Brighton, Massachusetts, made it through and proved that he could own the stage with Thirdstory’s Searching For A Feeling.

Wedding singer: Beane, 23, a wedding singer from Brighton, Massachusetts, made it through and proved that he could own the stage with Thirdstory's Searching For A Feeling

Wedding singer: Beane, 23, a wedding singer from Brighton, Massachusetts, made it through and proved that he could own the stage with Thirdstory’s Searching For A Feeling

The judges stood to tell him how entertaining he was, and how much they admired his growth and risk-taking, with Lionel adding, ‘Getting people to fall in love with you is the game.’

Hunter Metts, 22, a software developer from Franklin, Tennessee, captured everyone’s attention with his lovely, intense take on Bon Iver’s Skinny Love. 

Intense take: Hunter Metts, 22, a software developer from Franklin, Tennessee, captured everyone's attention with his lovely, intense take on Bon Iver's Skinny Love

Intense take: Hunter Metts, 22, a software developer from Franklin, Tennessee, captured everyone’s attention with his lovely, intense take on Bon Iver’s Skinny Love

Ava August, 15, a high school student from Laguna Niguel, California, was clear and unshakeable on Anne-Marie’s 2002, which had Lionel calling her ’15 and dangerous.’ 

The last person in the top 16 was Chayce Beckham, 24, a heavy machine operator from Apple Valley, California, who strummed his guitar to Bob Marley & The Wailers’ Waiting In Vain.

‘You check all the boxes,’ Katy said, noting that all Chayce had to do was sit on a chair and play. ‘I just think you’re never gonna go back to hauling whatever you’re hauling. Your life has begun.’

American Idol will return Monday on ABC. 

Dangerous teenager: Ava August, 15, a high school student from Laguna Niguel, California, was clear and unshakeable on Anne-Marie's 2002, which had Lionel calling her '15 and dangerous'

Dangerous teenager: Ava August, 15, a high school student from Laguna Niguel, California, was clear and unshakeable on Anne-Marie’s 2002, which had Lionel calling her ’15 and dangerous’

Last in: The last person in the top 16 was Chayce Beckham, 24, a heavy machine operator from Apple Valley, California, who strummed his guitar to Bob Marley & The Wailers' Waiting In Vain

Last in: The last person in the top 16 was Chayce Beckham, 24, a heavy machine operator from Apple Valley, California, who strummed his guitar to Bob Marley & The Wailers’ Waiting In Vain



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