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 • 865

  • Courtney Sierra
    Courtney Sierra Day ago

    Yeah ... no

  • Nushreen Torabally

    Wow

  • tattoo bby1
    tattoo bby1 3 days ago

    OMG I love him!♡

  • Janzen
    Janzen 3 days ago

    Guy reminds me of sal from impractical jokers

  • Trace Dial
    Trace Dial 4 days ago

    Love, Love, Love everything.

  • jessica gondwe
    jessica gondwe 4 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 4 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. 4 days ago

    I love how Billie is playing in the background

  • Claudia Ayala Muniz
    Claudia Ayala Muniz 4 days ago

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

  • AndresMusicProducer
    AndresMusicProducer 5 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 7 days ago

    Great job.

  • Roxanne Harris
    Roxanne Harris 7 days ago

    He looks so different.

  • Lillian
    Lillian 7 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 8 days ago

    He reminds me of sal off of impractical jokers

  • Roxy Rivera
    Roxy Rivera 8 days ago

    Omg he gives me Sam Smith vibes💯👏😍!

  • Roxy Rivera
    Roxy Rivera 8 days ago +1

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

  • Joy Linder
    Joy Linder 9 days ago +1

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

    • Joy Linder
      Joy Linder 3 days ago

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

    • Will Wilson
      Will Wilson 6 days ago

      You can take your judgements to hell with you.

  • Ktwin Lee
    Ktwin Lee 11 days ago

    he could like...get it

  • Kiran Sinha
    Kiran Sinha 11 days ago

    Name of background music?

  • Lilly CR
    Lilly CR 11 days ago

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

  • Fatma Hures
    Fatma Hures 11 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 12 days ago

    4:38 the pianists face, like me too.

  • declan mannix
    declan mannix 13 days ago

    Piano player was bad

  • dennis dennis
    dennis dennis 13 days ago +1

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

  • elenikaty
    elenikaty 14 days ago

    But do they know Katy's parents?

  • Karl Aponte
    Karl Aponte 15 days ago

    He wasn't even that big"

  • Kaelin Thrasher
    Kaelin Thrasher 16 days ago +3

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

  • Nia Ariella
    Nia Ariella 17 days ago +2

    His talking voice reminds me of James Charles kinda

  • Oliver Montoya
    Oliver Montoya 17 days ago +2

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

  • Maryjane chicas
    Maryjane chicas 18 days ago

    ❤❤❤❤🙏

  • Mr. Woods
    Mr. Woods 19 days ago

    Hell Naw. Not good at all

  • Mary Johnson
    Mary Johnson 19 days ago

    This guy has a nice voice

  • Piinkstar17
    Piinkstar17 20 days ago

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

  • It's Chris
    It's Chris 21 day ago +1

    His smiles made me uggggh sweet 😉 at 5:02

  • Aditya cnady_for_life
    Aditya cnady_for_life 21 day ago +1

    Billie Eilish fans hit that like button..

  • tians cavatton
    tians cavatton 21 day ago

    OVERSINGINGG ughhh

  • lyss vicario
    lyss vicario 22 days ago

    Bless his soul💗🤧😭

  • Vivian Felix
    Vivian Felix 22 days ago

    Fug fug fug that voice

  • Tungphong Vu
    Tungphong Vu 22 days ago

    He looks so handsome when he was fat

  • Ruben Gonzalez
    Ruben Gonzalez 22 days ago

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

  • Bac dream/حلم البكالوريا

    Is he gay??

  • showjumpinggirl100
    showjumpinggirl100 23 days ago

    He sounds exactly like Sam Smith!

  • Emmanuel Johnn
    Emmanuel Johnn 23 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 23 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 23 days ago

    America's next Idol!

  • XJLCA
    XJLCA 23 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 24 days ago

    Batch Billie just slapped me

  • elijerrr
    elijerrr 24 days 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 24 days 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 24 days 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 24 days ago

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

  • charmnGUY
    charmnGUY 24 days ago

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

  • MAGPOC CHRISTOPHER
    MAGPOC CHRISTOPHER 24 days ago

    AI WILL FIRE UP NOW !!!

  • Give me back my wig Monsta X

    God bless him♡♡♡

  • The Void
    The Void 25 days ago

    5:50

  • The Void
    The Void 25 days ago

    5:50

  • Sasusaku4Eva!
    Sasusaku4Eva! 25 days 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 25 days ago +32

    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 25 days ago +2

    That’s my teachers brother.

  • Ela
    Ela 25 days ago +18

    Proud to say this man was my youth pastor 👏

  • Rosemarie Ramitt
    Rosemarie Ramitt 25 days ago

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

  • thevinhimself
    thevinhimself 25 days ago

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

  • Marena Cyntia Refani
    Marena Cyntia Refani 25 days ago

    Im crying😭

  • margie adams
    margie adams 26 days 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 26 days ago +1

    3:56 was that a piano mistake?

  • TBS_WildLife 5
    TBS_WildLife 5 26 days ago

    Curios if he isn’t straight?

  • keithdziak
    keithdziak 26 days ago

    Does his church accept that hes gay??

    • D S
      D S 24 days ago

      keithdziak 🤫

  • RadektheRadical
    RadektheRadical 26 days ago

    How did they make a spiritual connection?

  • 네버랜드
    네버랜드 26 days ago

    HE'S SO HOT WTF

  • Brandy Weaver
    Brandy Weaver 26 days ago

    He is sooo cute😍

  • Eisra A.
    Eisra A. 26 days ago

    Um next.

  • Eisra A.
    Eisra A. 26 days ago

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

  • snaz76
    snaz76 26 days ago

    Didn´t feel that at all...

  • Kane Molloy
    Kane Molloy 27 days ago

    Amazing voice. Amazing looking amazing transformation X

  • Anabel Gonzalez
    Anabel Gonzalez 27 days ago

    Ok but do his parents know Katy’s parents?

  • Rebecah Clifton
    Rebecah Clifton 27 days ago

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

  • Glamorrous
    Glamorrous 27 days 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 27 days ago

    Omg hand this guy a record label rn

  • J Hayes
    J Hayes 27 days 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 27 days 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 27 days ago

    hottie

  • SixFour FLCA
    SixFour FLCA 27 days ago

    Bro fuck sob stories

  • TheGamingBlock2.0
    TheGamingBlock2.0 27 days ago +1

    Why does he kinda sound like sal from impractical Jokers

    • Anya B.
      Anya B. 23 days ago

      TheGamingBlock2.0 just thought the same 🤓

  • Jerry Berry
    Jerry Berry 27 days ago

    Yes.

  • Margherita Barillá
    Margherita Barillá 27 days ago

    Holy fuck he is just... WOOWWW

  • Zoya Zafar
    Zoya Zafar 28 days ago

    Song starts at 3:27

  • ColeBe94
    ColeBe94 28 days ago

    He’s beautiful !

  • Drew V
    Drew V 28 days ago

    Could probably sing a little Michael Bolton

  • jnmklo9
    jnmklo9 28 days ago

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

  • Aaron
    Aaron 28 days ago

    In this song choice, less is more

  • Mindy
    Mindy 28 days 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 28 days ago +1

    Gospel singers sometimes tend to throw in too many runs.

  • Riley B
    Riley B 28 days ago

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

  • Monique Pimentel
    Monique Pimentel 28 days ago

    Alright! Let's go Modesto! Good job 🙏

  • Արինե
    Արինե 28 days ago +1

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

  • Cyril Balch
    Cyril Balch 28 days ago

    Gets surgery, doctors mess up, he gets called an inspiration. He paid money to lose his weight instead of being a real inspiration and working out to lose it to look the way he does

    • Glamorrous
      Glamorrous 27 days ago

      Cyril Balch that’s what I’m saying! He’s no inspiration. His medical issues could have been avoided if he would’ve just got his ass to the gym.

  • Tinky
    Tinky 28 days ago

    The fake crying 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂