Alejandro Aranda continues to amaze American Idol audiences and the judges with his powerhouse performances each week. The 24-year-old proved his talents on the guitar and piano during his audition earlier this season, and it’s clear the judges have had a sweet spot for his sound ever since. Aranda made it into the show’s Top 20 on Sunday night and followed up the exciting news with a rendition of Post Malone’s “I Fall Apart” the next day. Once again, prepare to be floored.
Aranda gave the hip-hop slow jam his own twist and embraced his signature acoustic element. At the end of his performance, judge Luke Bryan simply shook his head and said, “I am not worthy to critique you.” Wow! That’s basically the highest praise you can get without being crowned the winner (although Katy Perry already predicted that, too). Watch a full video of Aranda’s cover above, and see why Bryan, Perry, and Lionel Richie are always in awe of this musician.