Indian-origin singer impresses Katy Perry on ‘American Idol’

Alyssa Raghunandan

Los Angeles–Grammy nominee Katy Perry was blown away by the performance of Alyssa Raghunandan, an Indian origin contestant on the “American Idol” show.

The 15-year-old wooed the singing reality show’s judges Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan through her rendition of “Almost is never enough” by Ariana Grande. It helped her win the coveted ticket to Hollywood, read a statement.

Alyssa Raghunandan

Watching her perform, Perry, who married comedian-actor Russell Brand in Rajasthan, India, in 2010, commented: “I full-body felt what you were singing, I am a believer in you. You’re top 10.”

The show, which is currently being shot in the US, will soon be making its Indian television premiere on Zee Cafe.

Alyssa’s story on the show also featured her father Dennis Raghunandan, a single parent whom Alyssa considers her best friend.

She said her father was there for every audition and every performance through her budding music career.

In 2016, Indian-American Sonika Vaid had made to top five and was the first Indian-American to reach that stage.

Vaid had won the hearts of many judges and the Indian American community across the United States and overseas when this season’s American Idol competition began and she made to top five.


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