This Indian-Origin American Idol Contestant Is Now Katy Perry’s ‘Hero’

NEW DELHI:Katy Perry was super impressed with one of the American Idol contestants, Alyssa Raghunandan, an Indian-origin singer from Orlando, Florida. The Roar singer even tweeted words of praise for Alyssa, whose father Dennis Raghunandan is a single parent. She wrote, “You’re my hero,” and also tagged Ms Raghunandan on Twitter. For the auditions, Alyssa Raghunandan performed a rendition of Ariana Grande’s famous track – Almost Is Never Enough. Her performance captivated all the three judges on the show – Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan. Alyssa was given the ‘Ticket to Hollywood’. Alyssa’s performance on YouTube has been liked over 73k times. The sixteenth season of reality TV series, American Idol, airs on ABC. On October 23, 2010, Katy Perry married comedian-actor Russell Brand in India, as per traditional Hindu wedding rituals. The week-long wedding celebrations at Aman-i-Khas resort near the Ranthambhore Tiger sanctuary in Rajasthan were attended by their close friends and family. The couple got divorced in 2012.

Katy Perry recently faced backlash after she unexpectedly kissed 19-year-old performer Benjamin Glaze, right before his performance on American Idol.

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