Katy Perry Belts Out ‘Firework’ After Sticking Tissues Up Her Nose On ‘American Idol’

American Idol‘s first night of Hollywood Week kicked off Sunday night and it was full of heartwarming and funny moments.

Despite suffering from a head cold, Katy Perry was there, as it is one of the toughest parts of the competition, and the show must go on. While many singing hopefuls tried to show that they have what it takes to be a contender, Katy Perry started to come up with creative solutions for her nose issues. One of them was including stuffing tissue paper into her nostrils. Well, that’s the easiest way to stop nasal drainage in which the force of gravity tends to be higher than anywhere else.

Nevertheless, with or without tissues in her nostrils, Katy Perry is still a ‘firework’. After her fellow judge, Luke Bryan teasingly challenged her to sing her hit song Firework with her stuffed nose, she surprisingly belted out the song almost flawlessly.

Don’t believe me, just watch!

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She couldn’t, however, keep her nose from running while she was listening to Dimitrius Graham, a 27-year-old singer who told her, Bryan, and Lionel Richie that he’d just found out, moments before he was supposed to sing, that his ailing mom was scheduled to have surgery the next day, and he wouldn’t be able to be by her side. Therefore, he asked if he could FaceTime his mom so she could watch him perform.

Perry greeted his mother through phone, saying:

Lorraine, we believe with you for tomorrow that you’ll be safe and protected, and the angels are around you. Speaking of an angel, your son is about to sing for us and we want you to be a part of this moment.

Holding the phone with one hand, Perry could hardly raise her head and hold her tears.

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After Graham’s performance, Lionel Richie proudly told Graham’s mom:

Your boy did it, sweetheart! Your boy did it!

However, there were also moments during the show when Katy and Bryan, followed by Richie, were so wowed by the hopefuls’ performance that they simply pulled off their jackets and hurled them onto the stage. The jackets seemed to be positive feedback towards the performance of Alejandro Aranda’s guitar-aided cover of Justin Bieber’s “Sorry”.

Enjoy the performance below:

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American Idol airs Sundays and Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

 

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