Grace Franklin found out after her grandmother, the late Aretha Franklin, auditioned for a singing competition.
The 15-year-old appeared on Sunday’s episode “Idol” and sang the Lauren Hill version of the Roberta Flock hit “Killing Me Softly” and her grandmother’s hit song “Eight No Way”.
“I always wanted to see her. I traveled with her a lot,” the teen said. “I do not think I can fully comprehend the fact that she is known all over the world, because to me she has always been only a grandmother.”
Although Franklin’s performance was praised by “Idol” judge Katie Perry, fellow judges Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie did not realize he was ready.
Franklin voted no to Brian to go to the next round, and Perry voted yes. It was at the end of Richie.
“Grace Franklin, I love you. I think taking a shot at going backwards is the best thing you can do in life,” Richie said. “Go back and start a start and come back to this.”
Those comments made Perry stare at him, to which Richie asked her, “Are you putting pressure on me?”
“Ask her to have a startup, give her a shot, give her a chance,” Perry argued. “I’m sure Aretha was not there when Aretha entered the room, but someone said yes, I want to work with you, I want to raise you, you have something. Startust is on her.”
But Richie couldn’t move, so Perry let out, “Something’s wrong with your ears. You’re crazy!”
In the end Richie voted no, hugged Franklin and advised him to “get to work”.
“American Idol” airs Sunday nights on ABC.
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