'American Idol' update: Deshawn Goncalves still rockin'
Performing before a live audience Sunday night for the first time in this year's American Idol's "Solos and Duets" competition, Columbus native Deshawn Goncalves turned Bob Dylan's "Forever Young" into a touching hymn and then teamed up with OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder for a sensitive cover of Tedder's "I Lived," which the singer-singwriter said was inspired by his son, and Goncalves said he imagined singing to a younger version of himself.
The performances earned him praise for his vocal talents from judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie, with Perry saying that he has "one of the top three voices in this competition." The judges also suggested that he loosen up and enjoy himself.
"Just walk out and be the star, baby," Bryan advised.
Sunday night marked the beginning of audience voting. Of the 12 singers performing on Sunday night, the eight receiving the highest vote counts will continue on in the competition. Next week will reveal whether Goncalves is one of the survivors.
"American Idol" airs at 8 p.m. Sundays and Mondays on ABC, including WSYX-TV (Channel 6).