Paulding native Hutchinson moves to semifinal round of 'American Idol' competition

Joann Johnston
May 8, 2018

With this episode's theme being Prince songs and birth year songs (the contestants will sing two songs each), it's sure to feature an eclectic set of selections from the talented hopefuls. It was Prince night, not to mention that Nick Jonas was a mentor, so the pressure was on.

Gabby Barrett seems to be a front-runner, but Maddie Pope, Cade Foehner, Caleb Lee Hutchinson, and Michael J. Woodard are all America's favorite to win as well. That means Jurnee and Catie Turner will not be moving on, which was sad news for their fans.

Show host and Dunwoody native Ryan Seacrest also announced Hutchinson and the six other contestants Sunday night would be performing a 47-date concert tour over three months this summer.

By the way, Cade Foehner, who was born in 1996, is the elder of remaining contestants, in case anyone needed a reminder that there's always someone younger and prettier behind you on the staircase. "I don't know what is coming over me, I could be your babysitter".

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And Gabby performed "How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore", which was "a mic-drop moment", according to Luke.

Prince's longtime collaborator and one-time fiancee, told ET's Lauren Zima after the show that there's one song she wasn't sure she was ready for. Katy thinks the lyrics explained his story and she tells him she's living for him. "You are a true artists and it makes me excited to witness you", said Katy Perry.

You can see ousted American Idol contestant Catie Turner's "Manic Monday" performance below.

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