He beautifully sang “Yellow” by Coldplay with his trusty guitar, never resorting to showbiz flourishes.
The judging panelists get him and his “different vibe,” Perry said, adding that Aranda’s latest effort “makes me wanna make out with someone.”
Aranda, a 24-year-old dishwasher from Pomona, California, consistently grabs a large share of viewers on YouTube for his “Idol” performances. But Perry seemed to warn him of viewer voting as the competition intensifies in the future. “We believe in you, but at some point it’s gonna be out of our control,” she said.
In the meantime, Aranda is killing it. He advanced to the top 20, and he’s got some celebrity clout in his corner. “Katy Perry called me a pop star,” he said after the performance. “That’s pretty dope.”