Performing a judge’s own hit on American Idol is a risk rarely worth taking. Mess it up, you’ll look a failed teacher’s pet.
Francisco Martin is a risk-taker.
As Idol began its new remote series, the 20-year-old singer took a gamble with a performance of “Teenage Dream,” a hit for Katy Perry back in 2010.
Perry is, of course, one of the three “Idol” judges. “What a dice roll, to do that song,” Perry remarked, dressed as an oversized bottle of hand sanitizer.
“Good for you, because I thought it really works,” continued the pop star, admitting she has performed the song thousands of times. She didn’t love his version, but he “did it real justice, good job.”
“I was nervous,” remarked Luke Bryan. “I thought, please do not let this kid do a Katy song and mess it up. But you didn’t, man. You made it you. And you just have the magic…and I’m jealous.”
Martin, the 19-year-old son of Filipino immigrants, is surely one of the favorites for the Idol title.