Ryan Hammond Finds a Spiritual Connection with Katy Perry - American Idol 2019 on ABC

  • Published on Mar 19, 2019
  • Former church singer Ryan Hammond overcomes weight issues to follow his dreams and audition for American Idol with "Lay Me Down" by Sam Smith in front of Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie.
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    AMERICAN IDOL, the iconic series that revolutionized the television landscape by pioneering the music competition genre, returns on ABC.
    Helping to determine who America will ultimately vote for to become the next singing sensation are music industry forces and superstar judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie. Emmyยฎ Award-winning host and producer Ryan Seacrest returns as host of the beloved series.
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Comments • 765

  • Don Trump
    Don Trump 9 days ago +2

    And liberals want you to be proud of being overweight. Hmmm
    What an inspiration. God bless him

  • Olive Epee
    Olive Epee 19 days ago

    THE WEIGHT LOSS!!!!!!!!! Wow

  • Purneswar Prasad
    Purneswar Prasad 25 days ago

    Hole in his stomach... Yeah, how long before these doctors leave scissors in patients...

  • Fancy Love
    Fancy Love Month ago

    He was Handsome the way he was ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’ž but Truly an inspiration what he did for his health and gift... Blessings ๐Ÿ‘

    TRTL HACKER Month ago +1

    He went to my school!!!

  • Golfy Malfy
    Golfy Malfy Month ago

    I'm not lying, this dude came to my school talent show and preformed for us

  • Himer Chavez
    Himer Chavez Month ago +2

    He's from my home town Modesto btw he came to my talent show today and he's from my school!!!!๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜

    • Golfy Malfy
      Golfy Malfy Month ago

      Same, that was a good preformance

  • Chris Powers
    Chris Powers Month ago

    still curious if the families know each other... what's up with that?

  • Makaela and Jessica

    Anyone else notice how he looks and sounds like Sam Smith ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿค”

  • Vanessa Chavez
    Vanessa Chavez Month ago

    He inspires me to lose weight and sing more

  • Ashish Gaikwad
    Ashish Gaikwad 2 months ago

    Name of song playing in background?

  • dioguito24
    dioguito24 2 months ago

    This guy is amazing!!! He should have been one of the finalists.

  • GetFitAsh
    GetFitAsh 2 months ago

    He looks so great! Awesome weight loss. I am 127lbs down naturally

  • eric burhed
    eric burhed 2 months ago

    He's going to win

  • Lisa Chlastawa
    Lisa Chlastawa 2 months ago

    He did not make it to the voting round though even though his mom had posted all over her facebook page that the voting would be coming soon and to make sure everyone votes for her son

  • Kristina Pack
    Kristina Pack 2 months ago

    Never knew that about stockton lived here forever lol

  • Luciana Galloway
    Luciana Galloway 2 months ago

    Heโ€™s amazing. Canโ€™t believe he was eliminated. Big mistake theyโ€™ve made but he will probably turn things around

  • Courtney Sierra
    Courtney Sierra 2 months ago

    Yeah ... no

  • Nushreen Torabally
    Nushreen Torabally 2 months ago


  • tattoo bby1
    tattoo bby1 3 months ago

    OMG I love him!โ™ก

  • Janzen
    Janzen 3 months ago

    Guy reminds me of sal from impractical jokers

  • Trace Dial
    Trace Dial 3 months ago

    Love, Love, Love everything.

  • Acting Out Loud
    Acting Out Loud 3 months ago

    Good Lord heโ€™s fine๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ‘Œannnnd his voice... delicious. That pianist was playing like he just wanted to go home. ๐Ÿ™„ I liked his voice better in this song that Sam Smith.

  • Levi Pinkhasov
    Levi Pinkhasov 3 months ago

    Nothing was wrong with the way he sang the song. He was climaxing to the song and showing ability.

  • Gigi V.
    Gigi V. 3 months ago +5

    I love how Billie is playing in the background

  • Claudia Ayala Muniz
    Claudia Ayala Muniz 3 months ago

    His voice was so powerful and his family could hear him from outside like damn

  • AndresMusicProducer
    AndresMusicProducer 3 months ago

    He sounds like Sam Smith no lie ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜ฎ
    Damn you can do anything just gotta Practice So Much To Get Where You wanna Be At ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ‘Œ
    Maybe some of u think he doesn't but he kinda does sound like him

  • Roxanne Harris
    Roxanne Harris 3 months ago

    Great job.

  • Roxanne Harris
    Roxanne Harris 3 months ago

    He looks so different.

  • Lillian
    Lillian 3 months ago +1

    ok so why is no one talking about how fucking hot he is before and after weight loss and his eyes....... ouuf oh ma lord.

  • Kirsten Cheyenne
    Kirsten Cheyenne 3 months ago

    He reminds me of sal off of impractical jokers

  • Roxy Rivera
    Roxy Rivera 3 months ago

    Omg he gives me Sam Smith vibes๐Ÿ’ฏ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜!

  • Roxy Rivera
    Roxy Rivera 3 months ago +1

    Omg Billie ellish and Khalid backround music ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜LOVELYYYY๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ‘

  • Joy Linder
    Joy Linder 3 months ago +1

    He may have been raised in church but he sure wasnโ€™t awakened. Praying for you Ryan.

    • Joy Linder
      Joy Linder 3 months ago

      @Will Wilson I ain't judging, but I'm prayin'.

    • Will Wilson
      Will Wilson 3 months ago

      You can take your judgements to hell with you.

  • Ktwin Lee
    Ktwin Lee 3 months ago

    he could like...get it

  • SOA Kiddu
    SOA Kiddu 3 months ago

    Name of background music?

  • Elisia III
    Elisia III 3 months ago

    Can't believe he sang Sam Smith ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

  • Fatma Hures
    Fatma Hures 3 months ago

    So happy he survived the surgery, and is so good looking.He also resembles Sam Smith.Good luck to him ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

  • declan mannix
    declan mannix 3 months ago

    Piano player was bad

  • dennis dennis
    dennis dennis 3 months ago +1

    On of the Best ....you are American Idol of course ๐Ÿ‘Œโ™ฅ๏ธ

  • elenikaty
    elenikaty 3 months ago

    But do they know Katy's parents?

  • Karl Aponte
    Karl Aponte 3 months ago

    He wasn't even that big"

  • Kaelin T
    Kaelin T 3 months ago +3

    Anybody see the piano player's face at 4:37?

  • Nia Ariella
    Nia Ariella 3 months ago +4

    His talking voice reminds me of James Charles kinda

  • Oliver Montoya
    Oliver Montoya 3 months ago +2

    Is it just me or does he remind me of Elliott yamin?

  • Leia's Claws
    Leia's Claws 3 months ago


  • Mr. Woods
    Mr. Woods 3 months ago

    Hell Naw. Not good at all

  • Mary Johnson
    Mary Johnson 3 months ago

    This guy has a nice voice

  • Piinkstar17
    Piinkstar17 3 months ago

    oooo hes a cuuuutie and he sounds incredible! sounds just like sam but better?!

  • It's Chris
    It's Chris 3 months ago +1

    His smiles made me uggggh sweet ๐Ÿ˜‰ at 5:02

  • Aditya cnady_for_life
    Aditya cnady_for_life 3 months ago +1

    Billie Eilish fans hit that like button..

  • tians cavatton
    tians cavatton 3 months ago


  • lyss vicario
    lyss vicario 3 months ago

    Bless his soul๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿคง๐Ÿ˜ญ

  • Vivian Felix
    Vivian Felix 3 months ago

    Fug fug fug that voice

  • Tungphong Vu
    Tungphong Vu 3 months ago

    He looks so handsome when he was fat

  • Ruben Gonzalez
    Ruben Gonzalez 3 months ago


  • showjumpinggirl100
    showjumpinggirl100 3 months ago

    He sounds exactly like Sam Smith!

  • Emmanuel Johnn
    Emmanuel Johnn 3 months ago

    What's the name of the song @ the background when he was telling his story? Anyone??

  • YouDontKnowMe Zero Fucks


  • rkjer
    rkjer 3 months ago +10

    The piano player was like damn bro!

    I think they were a little hard on him. Sounded perfect

  • Valerie Johnson
    Valerie Johnson 3 months ago

    America's next Idol!

    XJLCA 3 months ago

    Just like Sam Smith, I am guessing he is gay too.

  • The Home Plate Special
    The Home Plate Special 3 months ago

    good looking either way

  • TV movieclips
    TV movieclips 3 months ago

    Batch Billie just slapped me

  • elijerrr
    elijerrr 3 months ago

    Ryan is one of the coolest friends Iโ€™ve made in the recent years and Iโ€™m so glad that this is a thing! Seeing a friend get this big of exposure is seriously RAD. Love you Ryan!

  • vmaows
    vmaows 3 months ago +5

    Are y'all fr gonna ignore the fact they played BILLIE EILISH's Lovely in the intro??? No? Just me?

    MIXED TEA 3 months ago

    Lmfao! Boooooooy if you donโ€™t shut the fuck up! Hahaha I was waiting for an inspirational weight loss journey.. this clown got surgery & is talking about a damn infection... Iโ€™m so done

  • Lyn G
    Lyn G 3 months ago

    2:13 Iโ€™m sorry but it really seems like heโ€™s fake crying

  • charmnGUY
    charmnGUY 3 months ago

    He missed the fact that Katy fam are 25 mins away back in the days!