In a never before seen moment, Francisco Martin (age 19) performs “Use Somebody” for Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, and gains a backup singer out of Luke Bryan during the Auditions round on American Idol 2020 (Season 18).
Francisco, a pre-law student from San Francisco, is one of the Top 20 contenders on American Idol for this season.
American Idol: Season 18
Episode: “This Is Me Part 2”
Performance: “Use Somebody” by Kings of Leon
Audition: Francisco Martin audition
“Use Somebody” is the second single from American rock group Kings of Leon‘s fourth studio album Only by the Night (2008). It peaked at number four on the Billboard’s Hot 100 and number one on the Pop Songs chart. The song won Grammy Awards for Record of the Year, Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal and Best Rock Song and was also nominated for Song of the Year.
American Idol Season 18 premiered at 8PM, February 16, 2020 on ABC television and will air Sundays at 8/7c until the live shows. Due to the coronavirus outbreak, filming of American Idol is temporarily suspended and contestants were sent home. Production is expected to resume in late April, with all of the contestants performing from their homes.
Ryan Seacrest continues his role as the show’s host and Bobby Bones returns as the in-house mentor. Despite budget cuts, Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie come back as judges for their third season of the series.
Katy Perry is an American singer, songwriter, and television judge. After singing in church during her childhood, she pursued a career in gospel music as a teenager and signed with Red Hill Records. Her debut studio album Katy Hudson under her birth name was released in 2001, but it was commercially unsuccessful. She moved to Los Angeles the following year and ventured into secular music after Red Hill ceased operations and she subsequently began working with producers Glen Ballard, Dr. Luke, and Max Martin. After adopting the stage name Katy Perry and being dropped by The Island Def Jam Music Group and Columbia Records, she signed a recording contract with Capitol Records in April 2007. Perry rose to fame in 2008 with her second album, One of the Boys, containing the singles “I Kissed a Girl” and “Hot n Cold”.
Lionel Richie is an American singer, songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, record producer and actor. His recordings with the Commodores and in his solo career made him one of the most successful balladeers of the 1980s.
Luke Bryan is an American country music singer and songwriter. He began his music career writing songs for Travis Tritt and Billy Currington – before signing with Capitol Nashville with his cousin, Chad Christopher Boyd, in 2007.
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