American Idol's top 24 took the stage Sunday night, each performing with one of their idols for this week's celebrity duets.
Returning to the American Idol stage was Katharine McPhee, the runner-up from the show's highest-rated season in 2006, as she teamed up with Season 19 frontrunner Willie Spence for a powerful duet of Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli's "The Prayer."
The magical moment, which was dedicated to Willie's recently departed grandfather and Katharine's late father, made viewers feel like they were actually watching a concert. In fact, of all the performances of the night, Wille was one of the few, who actually outsang his celeb partner. One viewer even took to Twitter Sunday, sharing: "Can we crown Willie Spence the @AmericanIdol winner right now?"
“You can do no wrong in my eyes,” said judge Luke Bryan, while Lionel Richie called the 20-year-old prodigy “Willie Pavarotti!” and gushed, “It’s just mesmerizing to watch you.” Katy Perry described Willie and Kat’s performance as “Goosebump Central” and, after also watching Willie effortlessly deliver an epic interpretation of Bette Midler’s “Wind Beneath My Wings,” advised him to stay in this lame and keep doing “amazing classic songs that other powerhouses sing.”