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Years ago, Kane Brown auditioned for American Idol. After being inspired by former classmate Lauren Alaina’s success on Season 10, he auditioned for the show, but didn’t make it.
Now, he’s a platinum-selling recording artist and was asked to be a special performer on the Season 2 finale of ABC’s singing competition show. Other superstar performers were Dan + Shay, Adam Lambert, Jon Pardi, Kool & The Gang, Weezer, as well as the three judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry, and Lionel Richie.
The “Heaven” singer expressed his excitement to sing on the show that once passed him up, writing, “Tonight!!” on his Facebook page with the Grand Finale lineup.
Brown started off the performance singing his latest hit “Good As You,” with heavy fiddle influence, and after getting the audience to clap and sing along, he switched gears. Joined by finalist Alyssa Raghu, the two sang Brown’s song “Lost In The Middle Of Nowhere” who he usually performs with Becky G.
The duo also has a version in Spanish, but Raghu, who was eliminated in the Top 8 show, and Brown sang the song in English. Raghu held her own next to the country superstar, delivering powerful harmonies and a standing ovation from the judges. They ended the collaboration with a big hug.
Watch the full performance in the video below.