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

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  • 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. Emmy® Award-winning host and producer Ryan Seacrest returns as host of the beloved series.
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Comments • 863

  • Kristina Pack
    Kristina Pack 22 hours ago

    Never knew that about stockton lived here forever lol

  • Luciana Galloway
    Luciana Galloway 2 days ago

    He’s amazing. Can’t believe he was eliminated. Big mistake they’ve made but he will probably turn things around

  • Courtney Sierra
    Courtney Sierra 6 days ago

    Yeah ... no

  • Nushreen Torabally
    Nushreen Torabally 7 days ago

    Wow

  • tattoo bby1
    tattoo bby1 9 days ago

    OMG I love him!♡

  • Janzen
    Janzen 9 days ago

    Guy reminds me of sal from impractical jokers

  • Trace Dial
    Trace Dial 9 days ago

    Love, Love, Love everything.

  • jessica gondwe
    jessica gondwe 9 days ago

    Good Lord he’s fine💕👌annnnd his voice... delicious. That pianist was playing like he just wanted to go home. 🙄 I liked his voice better in this song that Sam Smith.

  • Levi Pinkhasov
    Levi Pinkhasov 10 days ago

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

  • Gigi V.
    Gigi V. 10 days ago +1

    I love how Billie is playing in the background

  • Claudia Ayala Muniz
    Claudia Ayala Muniz 10 days ago

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

  • AndresMusicProducer
    AndresMusicProducer 11 days ago

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

  • Roxanne Harris
    Roxanne Harris 13 days ago

    Great job.

  • Roxanne Harris
    Roxanne Harris 13 days ago

    He looks so different.

  • Lillian
    Lillian 13 days 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 14 days ago

    He reminds me of sal off of impractical jokers

  • Roxy Rivera
    Roxy Rivera 14 days ago

    Omg he gives me Sam Smith vibes💯👏😍!

  • Roxy Rivera
    Roxy Rivera 14 days ago +1

    Omg Billie ellish and Khalid backround music 😍😍LOVELYYYY💍👏

  • Joy Linder
    Joy Linder 15 days ago +1

    He may have been raised in church but he sure wasn’t awakened. Praying for you Ryan.

    • Joy Linder
      Joy Linder 9 days ago

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

    • Will Wilson
      Will Wilson 12 days ago

      You can take your judgements to hell with you.

  • Ktwin Lee
    Ktwin Lee 17 days ago

    he could like...get it

  • Kiran Sinha
    Kiran Sinha 17 days ago

    Name of background music?

  • Lilly CR
    Lilly CR 17 days ago

    Can't believe he sang Sam Smith 😍😍😍😍😍

  • Fatma Hures
    Fatma Hures 17 days ago

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

  • Deann Smith
    Deann Smith 18 days ago

    4:38 the pianists face, like me too.

  • declan mannix
    declan mannix 19 days ago

    Piano player was bad

  • dennis dennis
    dennis dennis 19 days ago +1

    On of the Best ....you are American Idol of course 👌♥️

  • elenikaty
    elenikaty 20 days ago

    But do they know Katy's parents?

  • Karl Aponte
    Karl Aponte 21 day ago

    He wasn't even that big"

  • Kaelin Thrasher
    Kaelin Thrasher 22 days ago +3

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

  • Nia Ariella
    Nia Ariella 23 days ago +2

    His talking voice reminds me of James Charles kinda

  • Oliver Montoya
    Oliver Montoya 23 days ago +2

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

  • Maryjane chicas
    Maryjane chicas 24 days ago

    ❤❤❤❤🙏

  • Mr. Woods
    Mr. Woods 24 days ago

    Hell Naw. Not good at all

  • Mary Johnson
    Mary Johnson 25 days ago

    This guy has a nice voice

  • Piinkstar17
    Piinkstar17 26 days ago

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

  • It's Chris
    It's Chris 27 days ago +1

    His smiles made me uggggh sweet 😉 at 5:02

  • Aditya cnady_for_life
    Aditya cnady_for_life 27 days ago +1

    Billie Eilish fans hit that like button..

  • tians cavatton
    tians cavatton 27 days ago

    OVERSINGINGG ughhh

  • lyss vicario
    lyss vicario 28 days ago

    Bless his soul💗🤧😭

  • Vivian Felix
    Vivian Felix 28 days ago

    Fug fug fug that voice

  • Tungphong Vu
    Tungphong Vu 28 days ago

    He looks so handsome when he was fat

  • Ruben Gonzalez
    Ruben Gonzalez 28 days ago

    THATS MY FRIEND RYAN!🤩IM SO PROUD OF YOU!!✨✨GOOD JOB MAN!🙏🏼

  • Bac dream/حلم البكالوريا

    Is he gay??

  • showjumpinggirl100
    showjumpinggirl100 28 days ago

    He sounds exactly like Sam Smith!

  • Emmanuel Johnn
    Emmanuel Johnn 29 days ago

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

  • YouDontKnowMe Zero Fucks

    OMG I LOVE THIS DRESS ON KATY SO BEAUTIFUL 😍 PURPLE

  • rkjer
    rkjer 29 days ago +10

    The piano player was like damn bro!

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

  • Valerie Johnson
    Valerie Johnson 29 days ago

    America's next Idol!

  • XJLCA
    XJLCA 29 days ago

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

  • The Home Plate Special

    good looking either way

  • TV movieclips
    TV movieclips 29 days ago

    Batch Billie just slapped me

  • elijerrr
    elijerrr Month ago

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

  • Nuumis
    Nuumis Month ago +4

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

  • MIXED TEA
    MIXED TEA Month ago

    Lmfao! Boooooooy if you don’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... I’m so done

  • Lyn G
    Lyn G Month ago

    2:13 I’m sorry but it really seems like he’s fake crying

  • charmnGUY
    charmnGUY Month ago

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

  • MAGPOC CHRISTOPHER
    MAGPOC CHRISTOPHER Month ago

    AI WILL FIRE UP NOW !!!

  • Give me back my wig Monsta X

    God bless him♡♡♡

  • The Void
    The Void Month ago

    5:50

  • The Void
    The Void Month ago

    5:50

  • Sasusaku4Eva!
    Sasusaku4Eva! Month ago

    It was good don't get me wrong, but a bit too over the top. 😐 He's hot as hell though. 😍

  • im the best
    im the best Month ago +33

    0:11
    Ryan : "I like his name... I like his name... hi!"
    And the whole family turns around like wtf lol

  • gucci boi
    gucci boi Month ago +2

    That’s my teachers brother.

  • Ela
    Ela Month ago +19

    Proud to say this man was my youth pastor 👏

  • Rosemarie Ramitt
    Rosemarie Ramitt Month ago

    He sounded good but... Aaaaaaah... Queen billie in the background

  • thevinhimself
    thevinhimself Month ago

    I ate a shitty breakfast but Im feeling pretty wholesome after that

  • Marena Cyntia Refani

    Im crying😭

  • margie adams
    margie adams Month ago

    Slip a clutch...good one. Amazing voice.

  • Igor Henrique Braga Costa

    What is the name of the song that plays in the background? When is he telling his story?

  • MANA
    MANA Month ago +1

    3:56 was that a piano mistake?

  • TBS_WildLife 5
    TBS_WildLife 5 Month ago

    Curios if he isn’t straight?

  • keithdziak
    keithdziak Month ago

    Does his church accept that hes gay??

    • D S
      D S Month ago

      keithdziak 🤫

  • RadektheRadical
    RadektheRadical Month ago

    How did they make a spiritual connection?

  • 네버랜드
    네버랜드 Month ago

    HE'S SO HOT WTF

  • Brandy Weaver
    Brandy Weaver Month ago

    He is sooo cute😍

  • Eisra A.
    Eisra A. Month ago

    Um next.

  • Eisra A.
    Eisra A. Month ago

    Is this a singing show or a “who got a better sob story” show?! Geesh it’s so annoyingggg!!!!! -.-

  • snaz76
    snaz76 Month ago

    Didn´t feel that at all...

  • Kane Molloy
    Kane Molloy Month ago

    Amazing voice. Amazing looking amazing transformation X

  • Anabel Gonzalez
    Anabel Gonzalez Month ago

    Ok but do his parents know Katy’s parents?

  • Rebecah Clifton
    Rebecah Clifton Month ago

    Hole left in his stomach?! Gaaah!! Amazing he survived.

  • Glamorrous
    Glamorrous Month ago

    Maybe he should’ve lost weight naturally instead of taking the easy way out. All these unnecessary surgeries and then the sob stories for something that could’ve been avoided are annoying.

  • Rebecca Billings
    Rebecca Billings Month ago

    Omg hand this guy a record label rn

  • J Hayes
    J Hayes Month ago +1

    Too many sappy stories before the audition, but this one was a moving one. There were some good things in his vocal, but he should lose the exaggerated, sloppy runs.

  • David A Sholes Jr
    David A Sholes Jr Month ago +1

    Definitely good voice and good range just a little too powerful, and like they said choppy. Look forward to hearing the smooth out version

  • Breazie
    Breazie Month ago

    hottie

  • SixFour FLCA
    SixFour FLCA Month ago

    Bro fuck sob stories

  • TheGamingBlock2.0
    TheGamingBlock2.0 Month ago +1

    Why does he kinda sound like sal from impractical Jokers

    • Anya B.
      Anya B. 29 days ago

      TheGamingBlock2.0 just thought the same 🤓

  • Jerry Berry
    Jerry Berry Month ago

    Yes.

  • Margherita Barillá

    Holy fuck he is just... WOOWWW

  • Zoya Zafar
    Zoya Zafar Month ago

    Song starts at 3:27

  • ColeBe94
    ColeBe94 Month ago

    He’s beautiful !

  • Drew V
    Drew V Month ago

    Could probably sing a little Michael Bolton

  • jnmklo9
    jnmklo9 Month ago

    Such a handsome man - Ben Affect meets Paul Newman!!!

  • Aaron
    Aaron Month ago

    In this song choice, less is more

  • Mindy
    Mindy Month ago +1

    I feel like he lacks proper control of his voice at certain points and something seemed off with him and the piano. He has such an amazing voice. Maybe he was just nervous or he needs to brush up a little with some vocal lessons. With a voice like that, proper control could help him go far.

  • Deb Z
    Deb Z Month ago +1

    Gospel singers sometimes tend to throw in too many runs.

  • Riley B
    Riley B Month ago

    When he first came on he definitely gave me some Sam Smith vibes

  • Monique Pimentel
    Monique Pimentel Month ago

    Alright! Let's go Modesto! Good job 🙏

  • Արինե
    Արինե Month ago +1

    I like him buttt I feel like this was too much. I can’t wait to see him improve later on