Tears: Shyest: Lionel Richie was brought to tears when a former Miss America contestant helped bring one of the show's shyest contestants out of her shell on Sunday night's American Idol Hollywood Duets episode on ABC
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Lionel Richie was brought to tears when a former Miss America contestant helped bring one of the show’s shyest contestants out of her shell on Sunday night’s American Idol Hollywood Duets episode on ABC.

Kelsie Dolin, 18, from Boone County, WV, was paired with Betty Maxwell, 27, a former Miss America, and chose to perform a duet of Pink’s song ‘Just Give Me A Reason.’ When she found out she was going to perform with a beauty queen, Kelsie was apprehensive.

‘When I found out I was paired with Betty, I was kind of nervous because I’ve never met a Miss America before,’ Kelsie said.

Tears: Shyest: Lionel Richie was brought to tears when a former Miss America contestant helped bring one of the show's shyest contestants out of her shell on Sunday night's American Idol Hollywood Duets episode on ABC

Tears: Shyest: Lionel Richie was brought to tears when a former Miss America contestant helped bring one of the show’s shyest contestants out of her shell on Sunday night’s American Idol Hollywood Duets episode on ABC

Duet: Kelsie Dolin, 18, from Boone County, WV, was paired with Betty Maxwell, 27, a former Miss America, and chose to perform a duet of Pink's song 'Just Give Me A Reason.' When she found out she was going to perform with a beauty queen, Kelsie was apprehensive

Duet: Kelsie Dolin, 18, from Boone County, WV, was paired with Betty Maxwell, 27, a former Miss America, and chose to perform a duet of Pink’s song ‘Just Give Me A Reason.’ When she found out she was going to perform with a beauty queen, Kelsie was apprehensive

Nervous: 'When I found out I was paired with Betty, I was kind of nervous because I've never met a Miss America before,' Kelsie said

 Nervous: ‘When I found out I was paired with Betty, I was kind of nervous because I’ve never met a Miss America before,’ Kelsie said

‘We both come obviously from different worlds,’ Betty said. ‘As Miss America, I feel really confident. I’ve been through a grueling competition like this and Kelsie seems pretty timid and shy. I think they put us together thinking that I would help kind of bring her out of her shell.’

Betty told Kelsie she wanted her to pick a song that she felt confident singing.

‘I don’t know how to harmonize so I can kind of having some trouble with it,’ Kelsie said during practice. ‘I think she has a better range than I do. It’s kind of intimidating. I’m a little stressed out. I’ve never been in a competition thing before.’

Different worlds: 'We both come obviously from different worlds,' Betty said. 'As Miss America, I feel really confident. I've been through a grueling competition like this and Kelsie seems pretty timid and shy. I think they put us together thinking that I would help kind of bring her out of her shell'

Different worlds: ‘We both come obviously from different worlds,’ Betty said. ‘As Miss America, I feel really confident. I’ve been through a grueling competition like this and Kelsie seems pretty timid and shy. I think they put us together thinking that I would help kind of bring her out of her shell’

Confident: Betty told Kelsie she wanted her to pick a song that she felt confident singing

Confident: Betty told Kelsie she wanted her to pick a song that she felt confident singing

Harmonize: 'I don't know how to harmonize so I can kind of having some trouble with it,' Kelsie said during practice. 'I think she has a better range than I do. It's kind of intimidating. I'm a little stressed out. I've never been in a competition thing before'

Harmonize: ‘I don’t know how to harmonize so I can kind of having some trouble with it,’ Kelsie said during practice. ‘I think she has a better range than I do. It’s kind of intimidating. I’m a little stressed out. I’ve never been in a competition thing before’

In an effort to ease Kelsie’s nerves, Betty tried to add some choreographed moves they could do together during their audition.

‘I think the choreography is a key part of any duet,’ Betty said to the camera. ‘It’s not just you up there. You need to coordinate with your partner and make sure you are all on the same page.’

Betty said in a confessional the rehearsing with Kelsie was a little hard because she didn’t want the cameras to see them practicing.

Choreography: 'I think the choreography is a key part of any duet,' Betty said to the camera. 'It's not just you up there. You need to coordinate with your partner and make sure you are all on the same page'

Choreography: ‘I think the choreography is a key part of any duet,’ Betty said to the camera. ‘It’s not just you up there. You need to coordinate with your partner and make sure you are all on the same page’

Difficult: Betty said in a confessional the rehearsing with Kelsie was a little hard because she didn't want the cameras to see them practicing

Difficult: Betty said in a confessional the rehearsing with Kelsie was a little hard because she didn’t want the cameras to see them practicing

‘She has to want it for herself and I think that her lack of confidence is holding her back a little bit,’ Betty said. ‘As much as I know the judges want me to help her burst out of that shell, I don’t know if I can do that in the span of less than 24 hours.’

A producer during rehearsal tried to encourage Kelsie to have more of a stage presence and to show more excitement when she was on stage.

Katy Perry, 37, who was serving a judge this season, even came backstage to talk to her.

Katy: Katy Perry, 37, who was serving a judge this season, even came backstage to talk to her

Katy: Katy Perry, 37, who was serving a judge this season, even came backstage to talk to her 

‘There is some place you go when you are home whether it’s in your bathroom or in our bedroom and you sing your heart out and you don’t have any fear,’ Katy said. ‘I’m just trying to see if you can bring that version of you more on stage. Because it’s in there and we hear it. You are such a diamond in the rough, and all you’ve got to do is just shake off that dust.’

‘Katy talked about having confidence in myself and that is something I just don’t have,’ Kelsie said. ‘I’m grateful that Katy and Betty believed in me. I wish I could believe in myself, too.’

‘So loving this,’ Lionel, 72, said then they started singing and later wiped tears from his eyes.

Confidence: 'Katy talked about having confidence in myself and that is something I just don't have,' Kelsie said. 'I'm grateful that Katy and Betty believed in me. I wish I could believe in myself, too'

Confidence: ‘Katy talked about having confidence in myself and that is something I just don’t have,’ Kelsie said. ‘I’m grateful that Katy and Betty believed in me. I wish I could believe in myself, too’

Loving this: ‘So loving this,’ Lionel, 72, said then they started singing and later wiped tears from his eyes

Performance: Kelsie and Betty perform in front of the judges

Performance: Kelsie and Betty perform in front of the judges

Betty and Kelsie hugged when it was over. Katy asked Lionel why he was crying.

‘Kelsie, remember when I told you ‘would you like to take my hand and come to Hollywood?’ Lionel said. ‘And you couldn’t look at me straight in my face. I was worried for a moment that you weren’t going to rise to the occasion. You were scared. But what you did tonight, you broke through.’

‘Thank you,’ Kelsie smiled.

Hugs: Betty and Kelsie hugged when it was over. Katy asked Lionel why he was crying

Hugs: Betty and Kelsie hugged when it was over. Katy asked Lionel why he was crying

Broke through: 'Kelsie, remember when I told you 'would you like to take my hand and come to Hollywood?' Lionel said. 'And you couldn't look at me straight in my face. I was worried for a moment that you weren't going to rise to the occasion. You were scared. But what you did tonight, you broke through'

Broke through: ‘Kelsie, remember when I told you ‘would you like to take my hand and come to Hollywood?’ Lionel said. ‘And you couldn’t look at me straight in my face. I was worried for a moment that you weren’t going to rise to the occasion. You were scared. But what you did tonight, you broke through’

‘Betty you support it and you helped draw it out of her,’ Katy said. ‘No matter how far either of you go, you found something you can build off of for the rest of your life because you finally believe in yourself.’

‘We love you for that,’ Lionel said.

‘We see your future and we see it in the next round of American Idol,’ Katy said to both of them.

Katy: 'Betty you support it and you helped draw it out of her,' Katy said. 'No matter how far either of you go, you found something you can build off of for the rest of your life because you finally believe in yourself.

Katy: ‘Betty you support it and you helped draw it out of her,’ Katy said. ‘No matter how far either of you go, you found something you can build off of for the rest of your life because you finally believe in yourself.

Love: 'We love you for that,' Lionel said

Love: ‘We love you for that,’ Lionel said

‘Thank you for helping me find something in myself that I didn’t really know I had,’ Kelsie said to Betty.

‘Let’s go to showstoppers,’ Betty said.

The first duet of the night was Leah Marlne, 20, a musician from Normal, Il, and Fritz Hager, a 22-year-old security officer from Tyler, TX, who called themselves Team Green. They performed ‘Locked Out of Heaven’ by Bruno Mars while they both played acoustic guitars.

Thanks: 'Thank you for helping me find something in myself that I didn't really know I had,' Kelsie said to Betty

Thanks: ‘Thank you for helping me find something in myself that I didn’t really know I had,’ Kelsie said to Betty

Showstoppers: 'Let's go to showstoppers,' Betty said

Showstoppers: ‘Let’s go to showstoppers,’ Betty said

Team Green: The first duet of the night was Leah Marlne, 20, a musician from Normal, Il, and Fritz Hager, a 22-year-old security officer from Tyler, TX, who called themselves Team Green

Team Green: The first duet of the night was Leah Marlne, 20, a musician from Normal, Il, and Fritz Hager, a 22-year-old security officer from Tyler, TX, who called themselves Team Green

‘That was just what a duet is supposed to do,’ Lionel said. ‘Both of you brought the other one out. The whole is better than the individual parts. And now we have to decide, given the talent that we have to narrow, who’s the best. The decision is congratulations to both of you.’

They both moved on to tomorrow’s Showstopper round.

Unlike the other contestants who were paired up by the judges, the three platinum ticket winners – HunterGirl, 23, from Winchester, TN; Jay Copeland, 23, a medical receptionist from Salisbury, MD; and Kenedi Anderson, 17 a high school student from Crozet, VA – got to choose their own partners.

Supposed: 'That was just what a duet is supposed to do,' Lionel said. 'Both of you brought the other one out. The whole is better than the individual parts. And now we have to decide, given the talent that we have to narrow, who's the best. The decision is congratulations to both of you'

Supposed: ‘That was just what a duet is supposed to do,’ Lionel said. ‘Both of you brought the other one out. The whole is better than the individual parts. And now we have to decide, given the talent that we have to narrow, who’s the best. The decision is congratulations to both of you’

Moving on: They both moved on to tomorrow's Showstopper round

Moving on: They both moved on to tomorrow’s Showstopper round

Kenedi chose Jordan Chase, 21, from Pensacola, Fl.

‘I picked Jordan because I am literally obsessed with his voice,’ Kenedi said to the camera. ‘If we don’t sound well together then that’s my fault because I’m the one who choose him, so I don’t know, I really hope that we sound good together.’

Before she took the stage, Kenedi said she was a little stressed to go on the stage after getting her Platinum ticket. She said she just wanted to prove to everyone that she deserved it.

Jordan and Kenedi: Kenedi chose Jordan Chase, 21, from Pensacola, Fl.

Jordan and Kenedi: Kenedi chose Jordan Chase, 21, from Pensacola, Fl.

Obsessed: 'I picked Jordan because I am literally obsessed with his voice,' Kenedi said to the camera. 'If we don't sound well together then that's my fault because I'm the one who choose him, so I don't know, I really hope that we sound good together'

Obsessed: ‘I picked Jordan because I am literally obsessed with his voice,’ Kenedi said to the camera. ‘If we don’t sound well together then that’s my fault because I’m the one who choose him, so I don’t know, I really hope that we sound good together’

Stressed: Before she took the stage, Kenedi said she was a little stressed to go on the stage after getting her Platinum ticket. She said she just wanted to prove to everyone that she deserved it

Stressed: Before she took the stage, Kenedi said she was a little stressed to go on the stage after getting her Platinum ticket. She said she just wanted to prove to everyone that she deserved it

‘I want to prove that I’m one of the best as well,’ said Jordan to the camera.

Before they took the stage, Jordan and Kenedi told Lionel, who came backstage to mentor the contestants that they both were nervous and didn’t get any sleep last night.

‘You are in your head,’ Lionel said. ‘You are not paying attention. A little pressure.’

Prove: 'I want to prove that I'm one of the best as well,' said Jordan to the camera

Prove: ‘I want to prove that I’m one of the best as well,’ said Jordan to the camera

Lionel told them to relax.

‘You’ve got the weapon,’ Lionel said. ‘All you need now is to deliver, but that’s the hard part. You’re either going to shrink or you’re going to shine.’

Kenedi and Jordan, who called their duo ‘Hot Mess,’ performed ‘Lean on Me’ by Bill Withers. All three judges stood and gave them a standing ovation when they were done.

Deliver: 'You've got the weapon,' Lionel said. 'All you need now is to deliver, but that's the hard part. You're either going to shrink or you're going to shine'

Deliver: ‘You’ve got the weapon,’ Lionel said. ‘All you need now is to deliver, but that’s the hard part. You’re either going to shrink or you’re going to shine’

Standing O: Kenedi and Jordan, who called their duo 'Hot Mess,' performed 'Lean on Me' by Bill Withers. All three judges stood and gave them a standing ovation when they were done

Standing O: Kenedi and Jordan, who called their duo ‘Hot Mess,’ performed ‘Lean on Me’ by Bill Withers. All three judges stood and gave them a standing ovation when they were done

‘The hardest part about our job right now is we have to narrow this down,’ Lionel said when they were done. ‘It’s all about chemistry when you’re singing duets.’

‘When you connect like that, that is when you go all the way, and you pass other people,’ Katy said.

‘You had some hiccups, some fumbles,’ Judge Luke Bryan, 45, said.

Chemistry: 'The hardest part about our job right now is we have to narrow this down,' Lionel said when they were done. 'It's all about chemistry when you're singing duets'

Chemistry: ‘The hardest part about our job right now is we have to narrow this down,’ Lionel said when they were done. ‘It’s all about chemistry when you’re singing duets’

Connect: 'When you connect like that, that is when you go all the way, and you pass other people,' Katy said

Connect: ‘When you connect like that, that is when you go all the way, and you pass other people,’ Katy said

Hiccups: 'You had some hiccups, some fumbles,' Judge Luke Bryan, 45, said

Hiccups: ‘You had some hiccups, some fumbles,’ Judge Luke Bryan, 45, said

‘But you made magic together so you are both going to the next round.’ Katy said.

Jordan hugged Kenedi backstage and told her that she was going to be a star. Jordan told him that he was going to be a star too.

Singer-songwriters Taylor Fagins, 26, a writer from New York NY, and Allegra Miles, 19, from West Palm Beach, FL, who called themselves ‘Satin Soul,’ teamed up together for their duet.

Magic: 'But you made magic together so you are both going to the next round.' Katy said

 Magic: ‘But you made magic together so you are both going to the next round.’ Katy said

Hugs: Stars: Jordan hugged Kenedi backstage and told her that she was going to be a star. Jordan told him that he was going to be a star too

Hugs: Stars: Jordan hugged Kenedi backstage and told her that she was going to be a star. Jordan told him that he was going to be a star too

Allegra and Taylor: Singer-songwriters Taylor Fagins, 26, a writer from New York NY, and Allegra Miles, 19, from West Palm Beach, FL, who called themselves 'Satin Soul,' teamed up together for their duet

Allegra and Taylor: Singer-songwriters Taylor Fagins, 26, a writer from New York NY, and Allegra Miles, 19, from West Palm Beach, FL, who called themselves ‘Satin Soul,’ teamed up together for their duet

‘She understands,’ said Taylor of being paired with Allegra. ‘I was very, very nervous to share my music and share my heart at the audition.’

‘He’s my favorite artist from this show,’ Allegra said. ‘I’ve genuinely never seen anyone remotely like him. It was completely raw, authentically him. And that’s what I’m trying to do.’

Taylor worried before they came out that his voice would overshadow Allegra’s.

Understands: 'She understands,' said Taylor of being paired with Allegra. 'I was very, very nervous to share my music and share my heart at the audition'

Understands: ‘She understands,’ said Taylor of being paired with Allegra. ‘I was very, very nervous to share my music and share my heart at the audition’

Favorite: 'He's my favorite artist from this show,' Allegra said. 'I've genuinely never seen anyone remotely like him. It was completely raw, authentically him. And that's what I'm trying to do'

Favorite: ‘He’s my favorite artist from this show,’ Allegra said. ‘I’ve genuinely never seen anyone remotely like him. It was completely raw, authentically him. And that’s what I’m trying to do’

Worried: Taylor worried before they came out that his voice would overshadow Allegra's

Worried: Taylor worried before they came out that his voice would overshadow Allegra’s

Taylor and Allegra sang ‘Locked out of Heaven’ by Bruno Mars.

‘She’s got a great voice,’ Luke said as soon as they started.

‘Both of you are very, very talented,’ Lionel said. ‘Her’s the problem. We are not searching for talent. We found the talent. Now we’re trying to evaluate the best of you. Singing is the second half of a duet. The first half is listening. And if you can’t hear your partner, you’re too loud. But that’s sometimes asking your star basketball player can he play football? Sometimes they just can’t play football. ‘

Song: Taylor and Allegra sang 'Locked out of Heaven' by Bruno Mars

Song: Taylor and Allegra sang ‘Locked out of Heaven’ by Bruno Mars

Talent: 'Both of you are very, very talented,' Lionel said. 'Her's the problem. We are not searching for talent. We found the talent. Now we're trying to evaluate the best of you. Singing is the second half of a duet. The first half is listening. And if you can't hear your partner, you're too loud. But that's sometimes asking your star basketball player can he play football? Sometimes they just can't play football.'

Talent: ‘Both of you are very, very talented,’ Lionel said. ‘Her’s the problem. We are not searching for talent. We found the talent. Now we’re trying to evaluate the best of you. Singing is the second half of a duet. The first half is listening. And if you can’t hear your partner, you’re too loud. But that’s sometimes asking your star basketball player can he play football? Sometimes they just can’t play football.’

Lionel told Allegra that she was going through to the next round.

‘Now Taylor there is no critique that I can give you that’s wrong except one — the competition before us,’ Lionel said. ‘It is with great and heavy heart that I have to say to you, you will not make it to the next round. But my friend, know that your career is just starting.’

‘I took a huge step in this journey and I can only go forward from here,’ Taylor said to the camera.

Competition: 'Now Taylor there is no critique that I can give you that's wrong except one ¿ the competition before us,' Lionel said. 'It is with great and heavy heart that I have to say to you, you will not make it to the next round. But my friend, know that your career is just starting'

Competition: ‘Now Taylor there is no critique that I can give you that’s wrong except one — the competition before us,’ Lionel said. ‘It is with great and heavy heart that I have to say to you, you will not make it to the next round. But my friend, know that your career is just starting’

Huge step: 'I took a huge step in this journey and I can only go forward from here,' Taylor said to the camera

Huge step: ‘I took a huge step in this journey and I can only go forward from here,’ Taylor said to the camera

HunterGirl chose Cole Wesley Ritter to be her partner.

‘I know we just met but I feel like I’ve known him forever,’ HunterGirl. ‘My mom would be proud that I’ve made a good decision.’

A producer off camera asked HunterGirl if she just said that she wanted Cole to meet her mom.

Huntergirl and Cole: HunterGirl chose Cole Wesley Ritter to be her partner

Huntergirl and Cole: HunterGirl chose Cole Wesley Ritter to be her partner

Forever: 'I know we just met but I feel like I've known him forever,' HunterGirl. 'My mom would be proud that I've made a good decision'

Forever: ‘I know we just met but I feel like I’ve known him forever,’ HunterGirl. ‘My mom would be proud that I’ve made a good decision’

‘No, Not like that!’ HunterGirl said. ‘I’m not on ‘The Bachelor.’ I’m on ‘American Idol.’

Luke spoke to them backstage and asked HunterGirl why she picked Cole. She told him that she thought their voices sounded great together.

HunterGirl and Cole called their duo ‘Backwood Mac.’ Katy asked them what that meant. HunterGirl explains that they would be performing ‘Dreams’ by Fleetwood Mac and ‘we are kind of a little bit redneck so we are going by Backwood Mac.’

Luke asks: Luke spoke to them backstage and asked HunterGirl why she picked Cole. She told him that she thought their voices sounded great together

Luke asks: Luke spoke to them backstage and asked HunterGirl why she picked Cole. She told him that she thought their voices sounded great together

Duo: HunterGirl and Cole called their duo 'Backwood Mac.' Katy asked them what that meant. HunterGirl explains that they would be performing 'Dreams' by Fleetwood Mac and 'we are kind of a little bit redneck so we are going by Backwood Mac'

Duo: HunterGirl and Cole called their duo ‘Backwood Mac.’ Katy asked them what that meant. HunterGirl explains that they would be performing ‘Dreams’ by Fleetwood Mac and ‘we are kind of a little bit redneck so we are going by Backwood Mac’

‘That’s so good,’ Luke said when they finished. ‘Cole you just put out an immediate vibe that you want to jump on board with some of that.’

‘You all did nothing wrong and you sounded great together,’ Katy said.

All the judges voted to send them both through to the next round.

So good: 'That's so good,' Luke said when they finished. 'Cole you just put out an immediate vibe that you want to jump on board with some of that'

So good: ‘That’s so good,’ Luke said when they finished. ‘Cole you just put out an immediate vibe that you want to jump on board with some of that’

Sounded great: 'You all did nothing wrong and you sounded great together,' Katy said

Sounded great: ‘You all did nothing wrong and you sounded great together,’ Katy said

HunterGirl and Cole hugged backstage after hearing the news.

Haley Slaton, 23, from Cedar Rapids, IA, and Sam Moss, 25, a singer-songwriter from Winterset, IA, teamed up for the next duet. Before they came out, Sam revealed that after she didn’t make it through one round of the auditions so she came back and auditioned again and received three yeses. She also shared that since that audition not only had her confidence increased but that she was now pregnant.

‘Becoming a Mom this year was not part of my plan but it brings a whole new reason and motivation to continue to do what I love,’ Sam said.

Hugs: HunterGirl and Cole hugged backstage after hearing the news

Hugs: HunterGirl and Cole hugged backstage after hearing the news

Duet: Haley Slaton (left), 23, from Cedar Rapids, IA, and Sam Moss (right), 25, a singer-songwriter from Winterset, IA, teamed up for the next duet

Duet: Haley Slaton (left), 23, from Cedar Rapids, IA, and Sam Moss (right), 25, a singer-songwriter from Winterset, IA, teamed up for the next duet

Plan: 'Becoming a Mom this year was not part of my plan but it brings a whole new reason and motivation to continue to do what I love,' Sam said

Plan: ‘Becoming a Mom this year was not part of my plan but it brings a whole new reason and motivation to continue to do what I love,’ Sam said

Haley, her partner, was also pregnant.

‘I really hope to inspire a lot of moms out there,’ Haley said. ‘Don’t hold back from things that you are wanting to do, because it is possible.’

‘Being pregnant has impacted my energy level,’ Sam said, adding that she was four months pregnant. ‘Both of us are feeling a lot of physical exhaustion. I’m glad that I get to work with somebody who knows what I’m going through right now.’

Inspire: 'I really hope to inspire a lot of moms out there,' Haley said. 'Don't hold back from things that you are wanting to do, because it is possible'

Inspire: ‘I really hope to inspire a lot of moms out there,’ Haley said. ‘Don’t hold back from things that you are wanting to do, because it is possible’

Energy: 'Being pregnant has impacted my energy level,' Sam said, adding that she was four months pregnant. 'Both of us are feeling a lot of physical exhaustion. I'm glad that I get to work with somebody who knows what I'm going through right now.

Energy: ‘Being pregnant has impacted my energy level,’ Sam said, adding that she was four months pregnant. ‘Both of us are feeling a lot of physical exhaustion. I’m glad that I get to work with somebody who knows what I’m going through right now.

Katy met with them backstage to encourage them.

‘My lifelong thing was that I was never enough but then I had my baby and that was,’ Katy said as she started to cry. ‘I’m crying. I had my baby and I had all the love that I’ve never felt like I ever had. Was like whoa, there it is. I don’t need anyone’s validation anymore. Like, I’m going to do it because I love it but it’s pure love.’

‘Katy just had a baby,’ Haley said. ‘She went through the same thing. She gets what we’re going though. She wants us to sing from our hearts and she wants us to show who we are as a person and as an artist. We both want this more than anything and it’s mostly because we want our children to look back at this and say ‘My Mom really did it.’

Baby: Katy met with them backstage to encourage them

Baby: Katy met with them backstage to encourage them

Encourage: 'My lifelong thing was that I was never enough but then I had my baby and that was,' Katy said as she started to cry. 'I'm crying. I had my baby and I had all the love that I've never felt like I ever had. Was like whoa, there it is. I don't need anyone's validation anymore. Like, I'm going to do it because I love it but it's pure love'

Encourage: ‘My lifelong thing was that I was never enough but then I had my baby and that was,’ Katy said as she started to cry. ‘I’m crying. I had my baby and I had all the love that I’ve never felt like I ever had. Was like whoa, there it is. I don’t need anyone’s validation anymore. Like, I’m going to do it because I love it but it’s pure love’

Katy: 'Katy just had a baby,' Haley said. 'She went through the same thing. She gets what we're going though. She wants us to sing from our hearts and she wants us to show who we are as a person and as an artist. We both want this more than anything and it's mostly because we want our children to look back at this and say 'My Mom really did it'

Katy: ‘Katy just had a baby,’ Haley said. ‘She went through the same thing. She gets what we’re going though. She wants us to sing from our hearts and she wants us to show who we are as a person and as an artist. We both want this more than anything and it’s mostly because we want our children to look back at this and say ‘My Mom really did it’

Sam and Haley, who was eight months pregnant, called themselves the ‘Watermelon Smugglers’ and performed ‘Dancing on My Own’ by Robyn.

‘I like Haley’s tone a lot but she didn’t give us any variety,’ Katy said to the other judges.

‘Sam had the lead, that’s why you didn’t get the luster,’ Lionel said. ‘She was singing the harmony note.’

Duet: Sam and Haley, who was eight months pregnant, called themselves the 'Watermelon Smugglers' and performed 'Dancing on My Own' by Robyn

Duet: Sam and Haley, who was eight months pregnant, called themselves the ‘Watermelon Smugglers’ and performed ‘Dancing on My Own’ by Robyn

‘All right mamas, when I spoke to you earlier today I got a little emotional as well and that happens sometimes when all the hormones are raging, but the feelings are still real,’ Katy said. ‘We know it’s twice as hard what you are going through and doing this.’

‘Sam, there’s something about you that I see that I think you’re starting to finally see about yourself,’ Katy said. ‘You’re going through to the next round.’

Katy then turned to address Haley.

Emotional: 'All right mamas, when I spoke to you earlier today I got a little emotional as well and that happens sometimes when all the hormones are raging, but the feelings are still real,' Katy said. 'We know it's twice as hard what you are going through and doing this'

Emotional: ‘All right mamas, when I spoke to you earlier today I got a little emotional as well and that happens sometimes when all the hormones are raging, but the feelings are still real,’ Katy said. ‘We know it’s twice as hard what you are going through and doing this’

‘Haley you have a tone like no other,’ Katy said. ‘It is soulful, it’s real, and it should really be investigated. That being said, I think the competition is getting really, really fierce. Haley, I’m sorry. You’re not going forward.’

Haley started crying.

‘I know you are going to be a great mother and I also know you are never going to give up on your dreams,’ Katy said.

Tone: 'Haley you have a tone like no other,' Katy said. 'It is soulful, it's real, and it should really be investigated. That being said, I think the competition is getting really, really fierce. Haley, I'm sorry. You're not going forward'

Tone: ‘Haley you have a tone like no other,’ Katy said. ‘It is soulful, it’s real, and it should really be investigated. That being said, I think the competition is getting really, really fierce. Haley, I’m sorry. You’re not going forward’

Crying: Haley started crying

Crying: Haley started crying

The show then shared a video message from Haley who said that since she got let go from Hollywood week that since she had been home she had her baby Jaelyn and held her up to the camera.

Jay Copeland, 24, from Salisbury, MD, and a Platinum winner, chose Morgan Gruber, 17, from Fombell, PA, as his partner. The two performed ‘Shallow’ by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper.

‘That is a winning duo,’ Katy said.

New baby: The show then shared a video message from Haley who said that since she got let go from Hollywood week that since she had been home she had her baby Jaelyn and held her up to the camera

New baby: The show then shared a video message from Haley who said that since she got let go from Hollywood week that since she had been home she had her baby Jaelyn and held her up to the camera

Morgan and Jay: Jay Copeland (right), 24, from Salisbury, MD, and a Platinum winner, chose Morgan Gruber (left), 17, from Fombell, PA, as his partner. The two performed 'Shallow' by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper.

Morgan and Jay: Jay Copeland (right), 24, from Salisbury, MD, and a Platinum winner, chose Morgan Gruber (left), 17, from Fombell, PA, as his partner. The two performed ‘Shallow’ by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper.

Morgan said she picked the song because it was such a powerful song. Before they sang for the judges, they got coaching from a vocal coach. Morgan told Jay about the movie to give him context for the song.

‘You both are phenomenally talented,’ Katy said when finished.

‘When we find kids like y’all, with so much promise then we swap into a whole ‘nother level of scrutiny that we start putting y’all under,’ Luke said. ‘That’s just welcome to the game.’

Powerful song: Morgan said she picked the song because it was such a powerful song. Before they sang for the judges, they got coaching from a vocal coach. Morgan told Jay about the movie to give him context for the song

Powerful song: Morgan said she picked the song because it was such a powerful song. Before they sang for the judges, they got coaching from a vocal coach. Morgan told Jay about the movie to give him context for the song

New level: 'When we find kids like y'all, with so much promise then we swap into a whole 'nother level of scrutiny that we start putting y'all under,' Luke said. 'That's just welcome to the game'

New level: ‘When we find kids like y’all, with so much promise then we swap into a whole ‘nother level of scrutiny that we start putting y’all under,’ Luke said. ‘That’s just welcome to the game’

‘Well, that’s the extra sauce we’re looking for, and that’s what’s going to separate you,’ Katy said. ‘We need more from you and you didn’t really know the song. You need to find that next level in the next round. You’re both going through.’

Olivia Faye, 24, a musician from Murray, KY, paired with Noah Thompson, 19, a construction worker from Louisa, KY, and started practicing to sing ‘Lean on Me.’ When they performed for the audio coaches, they asked them if they had any other songs. The coach instructed them to go back to the list that the judges would have wanted them to have performed one of the great country songs on the list.

They went back and decided to switch to ‘July’ by Noah Cyrus at 1:45 a.m..

Both moving on: 'Well, that's the extra sauce we're looking for, and that's what's going to separate you,' Katy said. 'We need more from you and you didn't really know the song. You need to find that next level in the next round. You're both going through'

Both moving on: ‘Well, that’s the extra sauce we’re looking for, and that’s what’s going to separate you,’ Katy said. ‘We need more from you and you didn’t really know the song. You need to find that next level in the next round. You’re both going through’

Songs: Olivia Faye, 24, a musician from Murray, KY, paired with Noah Thompson, 19, a construction worker from Louisa, KY, and started practicing to sing 'Lean on Me.' When they performed for the audio coaches, they asked them if they had any other songs. The coach instructed them to go back to the list that the judges would have wanted them to have performed one of the great country songs on the list

Songs: Olivia Faye, 24, a musician from Murray, KY, paired with Noah Thompson, 19, a construction worker from Louisa, KY, and started practicing to sing ‘Lean on Me.’ When they performed for the audio coaches, they asked them if they had any other songs. The coach instructed them to go back to the list that the judges would have wanted them to have performed one of the great country songs on the list

‘Not only are we trying to memorize lyrics, we are trying to memorize guitar chords and we are so exhausted,’ Olivia said.

‘Damn we are in over our heads,’ Olivia said.

The next day, they arrived on stage to perform their duet. When they finished, Luke addressed them.

Lyrics and chords: 'Not only are we trying to memorize lyrics, we are trying to memorize guitar chords and we are so exhausted,' Olivia said

Lyrics and chords: ‘Not only are we trying to memorize lyrics, we are trying to memorize guitar chords and we are so exhausted,’ Olivia said

Over: 'Damn we are in over our heads,' Olivia said

Over: ‘Damn we are in over our heads,’ Olivia said

Duet: The next day, they arrived on stage to perform their duet. When they finished, Luke addressed them

Duet: The next day, they arrived on stage to perform their duet. When they finished, Luke addressed them

‘Noah, it was not your best performance,’ Luke said. ‘From there, the dominoes kind of fell, to start affecting both of you. But these duet rounds force you to dig in and fight and only the strong survive for both of you all but it’s a fight you’re both still in.’

‘I’m shocked right now,’ Noah said. ‘I just can’t believe we made it though.’

Next Tristen Gressett, 17, a high school student from Pell City, AL, who paired with Cameron Whitcomb took the stage and performed ‘Have You Ever Seen The Rain’ by Creedence Clearwater Revival. They called their group ‘Both Crazy.’

Still in: 'Noah, it was not your best performance,' Luke said. 'From there, the dominoes kind of fell, to start affecting both of you. But these duet rounds force you to dig in and fight and only the strong survive for both of you all but it's a fight you're both still in'

Still in: ‘Noah, it was not your best performance,’ Luke said. ‘From there, the dominoes kind of fell, to start affecting both of you. But these duet rounds force you to dig in and fight and only the strong survive for both of you all but it’s a fight you’re both still in’

Both crazy: Next Tristen Gressett, 17, a high school student from Pell City, AL, who paired with Cameron Whitcomb took the stage and performed 'Have You Ever Seen The Rain' by Creedence Clearwater Revival. They called their group 'Both Crazy'

Both crazy: Next Tristen Gressett, 17, a high school student from Pell City, AL, who paired with Cameron Whitcomb took the stage and performed ‘Have You Ever Seen The Rain’ by Creedence Clearwater Revival. They called their group ‘Both Crazy’

Before they took the stage, Cameron said he was nervous. A producer told them that their harmony needed to still be worked out.

‘Cameron, no experience, scared to death, came out here and let go,’ Lionel said when they finished. ‘I don’t know who you turned into but I’m sure as the hell glad you showed up.

‘You took yourself seriously this time,’ Lionel said to Tristen. ‘You showed up today.’

Harmony: Before they took the stage, Cameron said he was nervous. A producer told them that their harmony needed to still be worked out

Harmony: Before they took the stage, Cameron said he was nervous. A producer told them that their harmony needed to still be worked out

‘You are going forward! Lionel told both of them. ‘I got excited. Coffee kicked in, I feel good.’

Kevin Gullage, 23, from New Orleans, LA, and Yoli Mayor, 26, from Miami, FL, duped their group ‘The Dysfunctional Duo.’

They argued on stage and Kevin said ‘anything you can do, I can do better.’ Yoli said ‘excuse me’ and then started singing that song by Ethel Merman and trying to outdo each other in their singing. When they finished all the judges got on their feet to applaud their act.

Forward: 'You are going forward! Lionel told both of them. 'I got excited. Coffee kicked in, I feel good'

Forward: ‘You are going forward! Lionel told both of them. ‘I got excited. Coffee kicked in, I feel good’

Kevin and Yoli: Kevin Gullage, 23, from New Orleans, LA, and Yoli Mayor, 26, from Miami, FL, duped their group 'The Dysfunctional Duo'

Kevin and Yoli: Kevin Gullage, 23, from New Orleans, LA, and Yoli Mayor, 26, from Miami, FL, duped their group ‘The Dysfunctional Duo’

Argue: They argued on stage and Kevin said 'anything you can do, I can do better.' Yoli said 'excuse me' and then started singing that song by Ethel Merman and trying to outdo each other in their singing. When they finished all the judges got on their feet to applaud their act

Argue: They argued on stage and Kevin said ‘anything you can do, I can do better.’ Yoli said ‘excuse me’ and then started singing that song by Ethel Merman and trying to outdo each other in their singing. When they finished all the judges got on their feet to applaud their act

‘You two are definitely going through to the next round,’ Luke said.

Luke told the other judges that he performed that song in a highschool play and then they played a clip of that performance.

Douglas Mills Jr. ,18, from Houston, TX, and Scarlet Ayliz, 18, from MA, called their group ‘MixMatch.’ They performed ‘Rewrite the Stars’ from the movie ‘ The Greatest Showman.’ When the two of them practiced, Scarlet said she was getting stressed out and overwhelmed.

Going through: 'You two are definitely going through to the next round,' Luke said

Going through: ‘You two are definitely going through to the next round,’ Luke said

Young Luke:Luke told the other judges that he performed that song in a highschool play and then they played a clip of that performance

Young Luke:Luke told the other judges that he performed that song in a highschool play and then they played a clip of that performance

Douglas and Scarlet: Douglas Mills Jr. ,18, from Houston, TX, and Scarlet Ayliz, 18, from MA, called their group 'MixMatch.' They performed 'Rewrite the Stars' from the movie ' The Greatest Showman.' When the two of them practiced, Scarlet said she was getting stressed out and overwhelmed.

Douglas and Scarlet: Douglas Mills Jr. ,18, from Houston, TX, and Scarlet Ayliz, 18, from MA, called their group ‘MixMatch.’ They performed ‘Rewrite the Stars’ from the movie ‘ The Greatest Showman.’ When the two of them practiced, Scarlet said she was getting stressed out and overwhelmed.

‘I’m embarrassed,’ Scarlet said when it seemed like Douglas was having trouble learning the song. She took off her mike and then walked off. Douglas just sat there and asked a producer if she knew where Scarlet was. He then went looking for her.

‘We are really running out of time so I really need to find her and see if she’s coming or not,’ Douglas said.

When he found her, Scarlet apologized to him for storming off.

Stressed: 'I'm embarrassed,' Scarlet said when it seemed like Douglas was having trouble learning the song. She took off her mike and then walked off. Douglas just sat there and asked a producer if she knew where Scarlet was. He then went looking for her

Stressed: ‘I’m embarrassed,’ Scarlet said when it seemed like Douglas was having trouble learning the song. She took off her mike and then walked off. Douglas just sat there and asked a producer if she knew where Scarlet was. He then went looking for her

Apologized: When he found her, Scarlet apologized to him for storming off

Apologized: When he found her, Scarlet apologized to him for storming off

‘I’m sorry for the way that I reacted and stressed you out,’ Scarlet said. ‘That’s my fault. We are on the same team. I’m not trying to go against you.’

‘I don’t understand why they are up there singing a song they don’t know,’ Luke said when they finished.

‘He gave me one of the most life-changing auditions at the very beginning and hasn’t since,’ Katy said to the other judges.

Sorry: 'I'm sorry for the way that I reacted and stressed you out,' Scarlet said. 'That's my fault. We are on the same team. I'm not trying to go against you'

Sorry: ‘I’m sorry for the way that I reacted and stressed you out,’ Scarlet said. ‘That’s my fault. We are on the same team. I’m not trying to go against you’

‘That song was not the right song,’ Katy told Doug and Scarlet. ‘It did not work in your favor. We could tell you didn’t really know it. If we weren’t in a high-stakes competition and we were doing an exercise, I’d be like ‘cool.’ But people are fighting for their lives here.’

Katy told both of them that she didn’t get as much from them as she had gotten in the past.

‘But we remember some moments in the past and how beautiful they were,’ Katy said. ‘You are both moving forward.’

Moving forward: 'But we remember some moments in the past and how beautiful they were,' Katy said. 'You are both moving forward'

Moving forward: ‘But we remember some moments in the past and how beautiful they were,’ Katy said. ‘You are both moving forward’

Scarlet fell down on the stage and then danced happily off.

Cadence Baker, 18, from Florence, AL, and Cole Hallman, 22, from NJ, performed ‘How Sweet It Is’ by James Taylor. They shared that they knew each other because they met in Nashville. Cadence said she was missing her family. They stayed up and waited till almost 2 a.m. for a rehearsal room. They were tired when they showed up for their audition.

‘He’s intriguing,’ Luke said when they finished.

Cadence and Cole: Cadence Baker, 18, from Florence, AL, and Cole Hallman, 22, from NJ, performed 'How Sweet It Is' by James Taylor

Cadence and Cole: Cadence Baker, 18, from Florence, AL, and Cole Hallman, 22, from NJ, performed ‘How Sweet It Is’ by James Taylor

‘I could take or leave him but I know he was good the last time,’ Katy said.

‘That’s exactly right,’ Lionel said.

‘I mean, and she didn’t give us much to hold on too,’ Katy said.

Good: 'I could take or leave him but I know he was good the last time,' Katy said

Good: ‘I could take or leave him but I know he was good the last time,’ Katy said

Lionel: 'That's exactly right,' Lionel said

Lionel: ‘That’s exactly right,’ Lionel said

Luke asked Cole if his voice was kind of gone for a moment and he said it was.

‘You have a tremendous amount of style,’ Luke said to Cole.

Luke told Cadence that he called her the winner after one of her auditions but since then she had declined.

Gone: Luke asked Cole if his voice was kind of gone for a moment and he said it was

Gone: Luke asked Cole if his voice was kind of gone for a moment and he said it was

‘We are going to have to part ways with one of you,’ Luke said. ‘Cadence, we are going to keep rolling the dice with you. You get to go through to the next round.’

‘Cole you have a tremendous amount of talent to build on but for right now it’s the end of the road,’ Luke said.

Cole started crying and used his t-shirt to dry his tears.

Christian Guardino, 21, from Long Island, NY, and Nicolina Bozzo, 18, from Toronto, Canada, called themselves ‘Cantante Forte’ and performed ‘The Prayer’ by Andrea Bocelli and Celine Dion.

Christian and Nicolina: Christian Guardino, 21, from Long Island, NY, and Nicolina Bozzo, 18, from Toronto, Canada, called themselves 'Cantante Forte' and performed 'The Prayer' by Andrea Bocelli and Celine Dion

Christian and Nicolina: Christian Guardino, 21, from Long Island, NY, and Nicolina Bozzo, 18, from Toronto, Canada, called themselves ‘Cantante Forte’ and performed ‘The Prayer’ by Andrea Bocelli and Celine Dion

Christian told Nicolina that he was excited to share the stage with her. She told him she had to wear sunglasses on stage because his eyes are sensitive to light. Nicolina said that they ‘both clicked.’ Christian shared that he was nervous before he went out.

They hugged when they finished.

‘I have to tell you when you can stand on a stage, under pressure and we are mesmerized just watching how you play off each other, it has all the makings of something so special,’ Lionel said. ‘I can just make this very simple. When you have a duel, somebody gets shot. When you have voices of this power, it’s who cuts through. I think it’s quite obvious you both cut through. You are both going to the next round.’

American Idol will return Monday night on ABC.

Excited: Christian told Nicolina that he was excited to share the stage with her. She told him she had to wear sunglasses on stage because his eyes are sensitive to light. Nicolina said that they 'both clicked.' Christian shared that he was nervous before he went out

Excited: Christian told Nicolina that he was excited to share the stage with her. She told him she had to wear sunglasses on stage because his eyes are sensitive to light. Nicolina said that they ‘both clicked.’ Christian shared that he was nervous before he went out

Next round: 'I think it's quite obvious you both cut through. You are both going to the next round'

Next round: ‘I think it’s quite obvious you both cut through. You are both going to the next round’

Return: American Idol will return Monday night on ABC

Return: American Idol will return Monday night on ABC

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