'American Idol' Season 18 Episode 6: Louis Knight's smooth heartfelt singing sets him apart in Hollywood week
The latest episode of singing competition 'American Idol' just premiered on Monday night, March 16, and this time it's the first round of Hollywood week.
All the preliminary auditions are over, so now the aspiring contestants have to give their best shot to prove to the judging panel comprising Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie that they have what it takes to be the next American Idol.
One person who definitely proved he has the chops to make it through to the next round was Louis Knight, the British youngster from Philadelphia.
Although he works as a pizza delivery man, Louis always harbored dreams of being famous one day and worked really hard on honing his singer-songwriter craft.
It was on the strength of one of his original songs that the young Knight even made it through to Hollywood, so everyone was hoping that the young Brit will prove that his future was only going to move in one direction — upwards.
For the first week in Hollywood, the contestants were divided into categories of their own choosing, with each one picking a genre like pop, rock or country, that they felt would best showcase their talents and effectively pit them against the others in their category for elimination.
Knight opted to sing the classic song 'Ain't No Mountain High Enough' on his trusty keyboard, and his smooth falsettos and heartfelt rendition were enough to make him stand out from the rest of the pack.
The judges certainly loved it, although they felt he could have put more "sauce" into his performance. However, Louis admitted that the pressure was incredibly high during Hollywood week.
"I've never seen talent like it," said Louis, remarking on how strong the rest of the competition looked, and he definitely wasn't the only one who felt that way.
However, his lovely voice and squeaky clean pop idol looks definitely seem to have marked him out as a strong contender for future rounds and the judges certainly felt the same way. Louis made the cut for the next round, along with other talents like Robert Taylor and Genevieve Linkowski.
And his fans were clearly pleased to see him go through: "IDK if any of my mutuals watch 'American Idol' but Louis Knight is my favorite already," said one admirer.
Another fan was rooting hard for him, going "You’ve got this, Louis Knight! Keep playing that piano." We're all eager to see what Louis can showcase in the next few weeks.