“Hey girl, you really traveled for ten long hours just to play it safe and look cute?” Perry exclaimed. “We all know you can do better than that!”
Lyric Mederios traveled for 10 hours to take part in the American Idol auditions, hoping that her efforts would pay off. She hails from Honolulu, Hawaii, and inherited her passion for music from her father, Glenn Medeiros, who gained global fame with his hit, “Nothing’s Gonna Change My Love for You,” in the ’80s. Although she is a self-proclaimed country music enthusiast, Lyric was full of nerves before her audition. Her mother, Tammy, stated that Lyric was a shy singer who hadn’t eaten anything all day due to her nervousness. Dressed in a denim jumpsuit, Lyric greeted the judges with a smile and presented them with leis, saying, “Aloha! I’m from Hawaii, and I have some leis for you.” Finally, she performed Kelsea Ballerini’s “Love Me Like You Mean It.”
Katy Perry and Luke Bryan didn’t let Lyric off the hook easily as they challenged her to step up her game. Despite flying ten hours to perform, Perry called out Lyric for playing it safe and not showing her full potential. Lyric offered to sing another song, but Perry demanded more. When Lyric suggested Carrie Underwood, it’s unclear whether she got the chance to redeem herself.
Lyric Mederios was featured in American Idol, where she performed a rendition of Carrie Underwood’s “Before He Cheats” with a pianist. During the performance, Katy Perry encouraged Lyric to sing louder and Bryan gave her advice on making an ugly face to better convey the anger in the song. In order to help her get into character, Perry even walked over to Lyric to demonstrate how to properly express anger during a performance.
Lyric Mederios caused a stir on American Idol as she performed “Before He Cheats” while pretending to fight with judges Katy Perry and Lionel Richie. After the performance, Luke Bryan joked that Lyric was too pretty for the music industry. However, the judges were divided on whether to send her to Hollywood. Lionel Richie believed that she needed to be in a room with experienced musicians to understand her potential, while Bryan thought that she should start by playing in honky tonks. Despite the differing opinions, Richie ultimately decided to give her a chance and said yes.
Bryan expressed his doubt about Lyric’s readiness, ultimately declaring a “no” vote and turning to Perry for her decision. Perry then jokingly asked Bryan to slap her, but quickly dismissed the idea, stating that she had been leaning towards a “no” as well. However, Perry ultimately decided to give Lyric a chance despite her doubts. Despite Bryan’s opposition, Lyric was able to secure a golden ticket to Hollywood. The latest season of American Idol premiered on ABC on February 19th and can also be streamed on HULU.
Get ready for a historic season of Idol! This year, we’re celebrating the show’s 21st anniversary – that’s right, it’s been around for over two decades! And to help us find the next big star, we’ve got our trusty judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry, and Lionel Richie back on board. They’ll be scouring New Orleans, Las Vegas, and Nashville for the best voices out there. Make sure to tune in on Sundays at 8/7c on ABC to catch all the action!