American Idol contestant Alex Miller, a 17-year-old high school student from Lancaster, Kentucky, stuns judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie with an original song in a recently unveiled clip from the competition series' upcoming season.
Much to Bryan's delight, Miller walks out to Hoyt Axton and Ronee Blakely's "Boney Fingers." During Miller's brief introduction, Richie says he hopes the teenager sings just like he talks: with a country and bluegrass-ready twang.
The clip, premiered by Taste of Country, then shows Miller perform an original country song he wrote for an ex-girlfriend, "I'm Over You, So Get Over Me."
While Perry and Richie appear to enjoy the young contestant's clear gifts as a performer and songwriter, Bryan looks like he can't even wrap his mind around a teenager with such a grasp on what makes classic country music timeless.
After Bryan asks Miller how he'd react to performing on the Grand Ole Opry stage in Nashville, the youngster says he'd feel like he'd died and gone to Heaven.
"I think I can make a call at some point," Bryan replied.
A giddy Bryan then sang a short duet version of Merle Haggard's "Big City" with Miller.
The sneak peek ends with Miller and his family learning that a small town boy from Kentucky's going to Hollywood. And if he doesn't succeed there, The Voice's Blake Shelton will probably be crossing his fingers that he gets to guide Miller to victory on a different network.
The 19th season of American Idol premieres Valentine's Day night on ABC.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Miller and others auditioned virtually for the opportunity to audition in person.