American Idol season 18 is coming! ABC has dropped another preview from the upcoming premiere. In this clip, the judges sooth the VERY nervous hopeful Francisco Martin before his audition.
When Francisco admits to being nervous, Lionel Richie gets up out of his judges chair to help the rattled singer settle. “You’ve got to calm down,” Lionel tells him. Luke Bryan joins them on the seal to deliver a few pats on the back. “Are you breathing?” a concerned Luke asks. “I’m excited to be here, grateful,” Francisco responds.
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After getting himself together, the San Francisco native performs a heartfelt rendition of Maggie Rogers’ “Alaska,” while accompanying himself on acoustic guitar. “Yes!” Katy Perry shouts as he performs.
Francisco is set to appear on the American Idol season 18 premiere, airing on ABC Sunday, Feb. 16 at 8 pm ET/PT. Check out his performance below.