American Idol: Samuel Swanson Nails Al Green’s ‘Let’s Stay Together’ To Earn Hollywood Spot

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AMERICAN IDOL – ABC’s “American Idol” judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan with host Ryan Seacrest. (ABC/Eric Liebowitz)

On American Idol, Samuel Swanson sang a cover of “Let’s Stay Together” by Al Green for his audition.

Samuel talked about living on a farm and wanting to see more than what that environment had to offer. “I was homeless. I had $60 to my name,” Swanson said. “Just broken and abandoned. But there was something inside of me that wouldn’t let me give up.” Swanson is no stranger to reality TV; he appeared on an MTV singing competition, “Copycat,” in 2014.

Luke Bryan said he was glad that he was not working for the county. Luke said his voice is layered in velvet. Katy Perry said he has something there. Katy thought he needed to let go and think about his control. Lionel Richie compared him to Luther Vandross as there was an effortless quality. All the judges sent him on to Hollywood.

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American Idol will make its highly anticipated return to television as superstar judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie set out on a journey across the nation to discover a new crop of inspiring talent with a touch of Disney magic, as it premieres its first season at its new home on America’s network, The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand. Emmy® Award-winning host and producer Ryan Seacrest, who represents the heart and soul of the show, returns as host of the beloved series to walk with these Idol hopefuls through this adventure toward stardom.

When American Idol debuted in the U.S., the series revolutionized television, pioneering the reality-competition genre and holding an unmatched record for being the highest-rated series for nearly a decade. The series also ushered in second-screen audience participation, being the first to introduce text-based and mobile voting. The Idol format has taken on original versions in 53 countries around the world, and American Idol itself has played to a worldwide audience of over 460 million across 53 countries. To date, American Idol has earned 57 Emmy nominations and eight wins.

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