The “American Idol” journey of Filipino-American singer Francisco Martin is not yet over.
The results of last week’s votes were announced during the show’s Sunday episode (Monday in Manila), sending its top 10 contestants to the next round.
Martin was the last to be called, although the announcement of the top vote getters was in no particular order.
“I just made top 10 and I feel speechless to be honest. I actually didn’t think I was gonna make it. I was super scared at the end. I was shaking, my legs were quivering. I am just super grateful. Thank you guys for voting for me, for voting me in. I am just super grateful. I can’t talk right now. I am still in awe. Thank you guys so much,” he said.
At the end of the show, judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie used their “save,” sending 11th contestant Makayla Phillips through to the next round.
Immediately after the announcement, the top 11 performed for America anew in the hopes of securing a spot in the top 7 next week.
For this round, Martin chose to sing James Arthur’s “Falling Like the Stars.”
Martin’s performance was so moving that Perry was crying.
“When you sang those lines about having four kids and then one on each knee, I was like -- yeah sure it was hormones, but it was believability too. It was real believability and I felt it,” Perry told the 19-year-old singer.
Bryan, meanwhile, thinks Martin is “a diamond in the rough.”
“You really know how to get all the emotions out of a song. If I was a little more hormonal, I’d be crying right now,” he said.
As for Richie, he told Martin: “Halfway through that song, I just saw you fly out of that nervousness and give us exactly what you’re all about which is true talent.”
Here’s how to help Martin make it to top 7: