We’re sorry to report this, “American Idol” hopefuls, but the competition may have just been won.
Judge Katy Perry has already declared singer-guitarist Alejandro Aranda the next superstar, after the 24-year-old Pomona, California, native floored her and fellow judges Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan with his dexterous guitar skills and heavenly pipes during Wednesday’s episode, only the second of the show’s 17th season.
“Alejandro, I think you’re the winner,” Perry raved following his two-song tryout. “I think you’re really special, and an absolute genius.”
Aranda was mellow and unassuming throughout his audition. He said he started playing music just four years ago, and has been couch-surfing and busking on the street ever since, while working as a dishwasher to pay the bills.
He considers Bach, Chopin and Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor his biggest musical influences, and is the first to admit that his voice isn’t the strongest in the “Idol” competition.