AMERICAN IDOL Judges Say Contestant Took Them to Church With ‘Glory’

Photo from Willie Spence’s Instagram

AMERICAN IDOL Judges Say Contestant Took Them to Church With ‘Glory’

By Movieguide® Staff

As the finale of the 19th season of AMERICAN IDOL approaches, a surprise exit from one of the top 5 contestants, Caleb Kennedy, left Casey Bishop, Chayce Beckham, Grace Kinstler, and Willie Spence to compete for the top spot.

While the final four contestants all showed their talent, Willie Spence’s cover of John Legend’s “Glory” left judges speechless.

Choir singers backed Spence, and the nod to God and church were apparent from his soulful performance.

“I am so glad you took us to church,” Katy Perry, one of the three judges, said. “It was amazing, it was connected, it was spiritual. It’s in God’s hands now. I’m glad because I don’t want to choose.”

The country singer Luke Bryan added: “I want to talk to you for three minutes, but I can’t. I can’t have 30 seconds to tell you what that did to my soul.”

“You are literally going to save people’s lives with your voice,” Luke continued. “You are going to bring people back from dark… you’re gonna bring people out of stuff, then they are going to walk up to you one day and tell you that you saved them.”

The third and final judge to speak was Lionel Richie, who praised Spence for his uplifting performance.

“You have such a presence, such an aura. Your presentation is just stellar. But most importantly, you’re uplifting,” Richie said. “When you move us, and I go back to church now, and you move us to that next place, and you are uplifting people to the point where chills, even though we are going through whatever we are going through, I could talk for another five minutes.”

“Glory” is from the Movieguide® Award-nominated movie SELMA.

Watch Willie Spence’s full performance below!