Jonny West (age 23) from California performed “Almost There” from the movie The Princess and the Frog during the Top 7 Disney Night/Mother’s Day performances on American Idol 2020 (Season 18).
American Idol judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie were impressed by Jonny’s rendition.
Lionel Richie described Jonny as a “casual assassin” because he makes it look so effortless.
Katy Perry said that Jonny has this “concoction of Billy Joel, Randy Newman, and Paul Simon.” She commended Jonny for picking the correct song and staying true to himself while doing a Disney theme song.
Luke Bryan said that the whole time Jonny was performing, he just kept thinking “this guy is just a pro.” He said Jonny is an artist and deliverer. Luke also praised Jonny’s song choice.
Contestant number: 20
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“Almost There” was written by Randy Newman for Walt Disney Pictures’ 49th animated feature film The Princess and the Frog (2009). It was originally recorded by actress and singer Anika Noni Rose in her film role as Tiana. The song was nominated for Best Original Song at the 82nd Academy Awards.
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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