Nick Merico (age 24) from Woodland Hills, California, turns his apartment into a stage and performed “Hey There Delilah” by Plain White T’s during the “Top 20 Sing For America” round on American Idol 2020 (Season 18).
“Hey There Delilah” is the third single from Plain White T’s third studio album All That We Needed. It was released in May 2006 and reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in July 2007.
American Idol judges were impressed with Nick’s heartfelt performance, with Katy Perry exclaiming, “Wow! Amazing!” Lionel Richie said, “I love this performance very much.” Luke Bryan commented it’s a good job but he would have loved it if Nick “just dig in a little more”. He thinks it’s a big step just stripping it down to just Nick and his piano. Katy Perry said she heard the subtleties of Nick’s voice and how beautiful it is, probably because of the more intimate setting. She thinks it is one of Nick’s better performances.
Episode title: “Top 20 Sing For America”
Contestant number: 9
Song: “Hey There Delilah” by Plain White T’s
Voting results as to who among the Top 20 contenders will be part of American Idol Top 10, will be known on May 3, 2020.
American Idol Season 18 premiered at 8PM, February 16, 2020 on ABC television and airs Sundays at 8/7c. Due to the coronavirus outbreak, filming of American Idol was temporarily suspended and contestants were sent home. Production resumed 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.
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