Daughter of iconic 1980s star auditions on American Idol with famous dad03/29/2023
The American Idol judges were taken by surprise when a legendary singer accompanied his daughter to her audition.
Katy Perry, whose jaw dropped, and Lionel Richie both immediately recognised the 1980s musician as he strolled in with a guitar on Sunday’s episode.
‘Oh wait, what? You say the backup musician is who?’ the Hello singer, 73, exclaimed while the Fireworks hitmaker, 38, remarked: ‘Oh my god, blast from the past.’
Kaya sweetly introduced her doting father to the panel, before going on to explain that music ‘had been a part of my life since before I was even born.’
‘There was never a question about what I was going to do with my life,’ she said about music. ‘That was always what I was going to do.’
The pair performed This Tattoo, an original track they had both written together, with Kaya revealing she was drawn to American Idol because contestants could showcase their own original compositions.
Can you guess who the musician is?
It was none other than Dave Stewart, who co-founded Eurythmics with Annie Lennox in the 1980s, penning hit songs including Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) and Love Is a Stranger.
During the audition, Lionel even revealed he had recent history with the synth-pop star, saying they had both been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame together in 2022.
Lionel told him: ‘Just to have you with your daughter is so cool.’
After the performance, Dave joked: ‘This is much more difficult than getting inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.’
But despite the jitters, Lionel, Katy and Luke Bryan all stood up for a standing ovation, with the song going down a storm.
Delivering his verdict, the Dancing on the Ceiling star said: ‘I’m going to tell you the truth because the truth is what we are about.
‘So, first of all, from the songwriting part of it and the pressure of being here, I give you so much props. And the fact that your dad showed up, I give him props. I mean, there’s a whole lot of props here.’
‘In the midst of all of this, you slayed it. I love the tone of your voice and you’re an artist; you’re really an artist.’
Scott, meanwhile, said Kaya was ‘worthy’ of a spot on American Idol and complimented her stage presence.
Roar singer Katy praised Kaya’s voice, but did warn her further down the competition they would get more ‘nit-picky’ with her over ‘technical stuff.’
All three judges gave Kaya a ‘yes’, meaning she will be sent through to the Hollywood stage of American Idol.
Sweet Dreams Are Made of This.
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