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17-year-old contestant Kenedi Anderson made quite the impression Sunday night, when she auditioned with a stunning rendition of "Applause" on the piano, which immediately brought excited grins to the judges' faces.
Meanwhile, proclaimed the 17-year-old was “born to be a star,” before the judges handed Kenedi secured one of three highly-coveted platinum tickets – a new twist for 20th anniversary season, which fast tracks a “best of the best” contestant straight past the first round of Hollywood Week.
From the first note, Katy was stunned by Kenedi’s sheer lung power and passionate delivery, breaking into a broad Cheshire Cat grin. Katy later jokingly offered to be the golden girl’s manager and producer and declared herself a “Keni Kat,” before dramatically whining, “I’m feeling threatened! They are younger, they’re skinnier, they’re prettier… they sing really good! Siri, make an appointment at the plastic surgeon!”
KENEDI ANDERSON: (SINGING) Put your hands up make them touch, touch. Give me that thing that I love. Turn the lights out. Put your hands up, make them touch, touch.
KYLE MAR: 17-year-old "American Idol" contestant, Kenedi Anderson made quite the impression Sunday night when she auditioned with a stunning rendition of Lady Gaga's, "Applause" on the piano, which immediately brought excited grins to the judges faces.
KENEDI ANDERSON; (SINGING) Make it real loud. Put your hands up, make them touch. now, now, now, now. Make it real loud. Put your hands up, make them touch, touch.
KYLE MAR: And while Luke Bryan was mind blown--
LUKE BRYAN: You might be the biggest star we've ever seen. No doubt, I believe top 10.
KYLE MAR: --Katy Perry was totally fan girling.
KATY PERRY: What are the name of your fans?
KENEDI ANDERSON: I don't have any.
KATY PERRY: I'm a Kenny.
KENEDI ANDERSON: Oh, my gosh.
KATY PERRY: I'm a Kenny cat.
KYLE MAR: However, Katy was also feeling some type of way.
KATY PERRY: I'm feeling threatened. They're younger, they're skinnier, they're prettier, they sing really good. Siri, make an appointment at the plastic surgeon.
KYLE MAR: In fact, Kenedi even secured one of three highly coveted platinum tickets, a new twist for Idol's 20th anniversary season, which fast tracks a best of the best contestant straight past the first round of Hollywood Week.
KENEDI ANDERSON: It is just insane to me. Like, I cannot believe that they think I'm worthy of this. And that just gives me so much self-confidence and so much happiness.
LIONEL RICHIE: Put her up. Whoa. There you go.
KATY PERRY: Wow.
LIONEL RICHIE: Congratulations. That-- that's so good. That's so good.