Pop singer-songwriter Colbie Caillat, who was working on her duet with Maddie Poppe, shared with the Idol contestant, "You know, the craziest thing is that I auditioned for 'American Idol' twice. I actually came in with my song 'Bubbly.' But, I wasn't ready at all. I had such stage fright, and I realized I had a lot of work to do with myself." Caillat also shared that it felt "bizarre" to be performing her hit song "Bubbly" on the Idol stage so many years later, while another big named artist, the up-and-coming Bebe Rexha, shared similar feelings.
"Funny thing is, I auditioned for 'American Idol,' but I didn't make it," laughed Rexha to her duet partner Amelia Hammer Harris. "So, for all you watching out there, you just never know!"
Like Caillat and Rexha before them, five contestants were sadly eliminated. However, Katy Perry had some words of encouragement for Effie Passero, Amelia Hammer Harris, Shannon O'Hara, Alyssa Raghu, and Ron Bultongez, as she pointed out that Caillat and Rexha were two very good reasons to not give up on their dream. "You know, you got to duet with a couple of people tonight that never made it on this show that are bona fide stars," said Perry. "So, if that doesn't give you a great example of, like, I can do it."