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'He ain't no Harry Styles': 'American Idol' fans bash Katy Perry as she compares Michael Williams to Grammy winner

Michael Willaims fails to impress 'American Idol' fans as they question how he got the Golden Ticket
UPDATED FEB 20, 2023
Katy Perry gushes over Harry Styles lookalike Michael Williams, 'American Idol' fans criticize his singing ability (ABC)
Katy Perry gushes over Harry Styles lookalike Michael Williams, 'American Idol' fans criticize his singing ability (ABC)

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Katy Perry was captivated during Michael Williams' auditions even though 'American Idol' viewers were unimpressed with the Tom Cruise impersonator and wondered how he got a Golden Ticket.

'American Idol,' the legendary series that pioneered the music competition genre on television, has returned to the airways for another season on ABC. Music industry heavyweights and celebrity judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, and Luke Bryan are helping to choose whom America will eventually vote for to become the next singing phenomenon. Ryan Seacrest, the Emmy Award-winning host and producer, also returns to the popular competition series for its sixth season on ABC and 21st overall. Meanwhile, another familiar face that returned was 'The Voice' alum Michael Williams.


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Katy Perry hides her wedding ring as Michael sings 'Talking to the Moon'

Following a delightful moment with Katy dressed as a Las Vegas showgirl, Michael, a 21-year-old from Mason, Ohio, takes the stage. Anyone who watched Season 18 of 'The Voice' may recognize this singer, who reached the Top 17 as an 18-year-old on Nick Jonas' team that cycle. He resumes the reality TV competition circuit tonight with an audition of 'Talking to the Moon' by Bruno Mars. Katy starts fiddling with her hair and then covers her wedding ring not-so-subtly — clearly enamored by this young hottie. "You’re not just a pretty face," Lionel remarks. Michael is then compared to Harry Styles and Shawn Mendes by Katy, who says, "You're Top 10 material." All three judges voted yes, and as a result, Michael's on his way to Hollywood.

Katy Perry blushes as Micheal Williams' sing Bruno Mars' song on 'American Idol' (ABC)
Katy Perry blushes as Micheal Williams' sing Bruno Mars' song on 'American Idol' (ABC)

Fans found Michael 'bland as heck'

Not sure by how he got the ticket, a fan tweeted, "Nah, Michael Williams . Not sure why he got a ticket." Another person chimed in with, "I'm so with you. 'Found him bland as heck but ego is certainly overblown." While correcting Katy, a fan wrote, "he ain't no Harry Styles, Katy." Speaking of how he got 'his ego boosted', a fan wrote, "OMG and then he talks about he and Katy staring at each other. Man, he needs get over himself... but doubt he will since they just booted his ego through the roof. Ugh."





Calling out Katy for her antics, a fan wrote, "Goodness Katy is so weird! Her saying "Do look at me!" And kidna tried not to hear the way she said "It's a 'yes'"!" Another fan review read, "Meh he's just ok." Further criticism read, "No. Just no. He is full of himself but has no special talent imo... No."




One of the comments under his performance on YouTube read, "Average voice but attractive guy. He'll probably make it to the top 10 lol." Not happy with the song choice, a fan wrote, "I didn't like this song for him. He needs to sing a Shawn Mendes song."

'American Idol' Season 21 airs on Sundays at 8 pm ET on ABC.

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