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‘American Idol’ Sneak Peek in Which Katy Perry Already Turns Into a MOMager

Jill O'Rourke

Jill O'Rourke

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In a sneak peek at this Sunday’s new episode of American Idol, Katy Perry gives hopeful Sophia Wackerman some advice about her potential music career. It has to do with Sophia’s late mother, who was also a singer.

Watch Sophia Wackerman audition for “American Idol.”

Sophia honors her mother in the emotional clip, as well as her father, who is also a musician. Find out what Katy had to say, and whether the 20-year-old hopeful made it to Hollywood, below.

Katy Perry’s Advice For ‘American Idol’ Contestant

Sophia shares that her mother, Naomi Star, had “a gorgeous voice.” Her musical career included singing back-up for Belinda Carlisle. Sadly, Sophia’s mom passed away of lung cancer when Sophia was 16.

“I miss my mom more than anything,” Sophia said, telling host Ryan Seacrest that they used to watch American Idol together. “I really feel that I’m carrying my memory of her today.”

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When Sophia told the judges that her mother’s name was Naomi Star, she joked, “And I got Wackerman!” That prompted Katy to suggest that she change her name to Sophia Star. Sophia seemed to like the idea and said she’d think about it.

Sophia went on to perform “Water” by Bishop Briggs on the piano. The judges complimented her “signature tone,” with Lionel Richie predicting she’ll make it to the Top 10.

Katy Perry Calls Herself A ‘Momager’

Katy said Sophia’s mother “would be proud.” Sophia ended up getting a golden ticket to Hollywood, and the judges took her outside to show the other contestants “what a star looks like.” Katy introduced her to everyone as “Sophia Last Name to Be Determined.”

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“So just want to let you know that people are really good here,” Katy told the crowd. “So keep it really good.” As they walked back to the judging table, she said she was “a momager by heart.”

As one commenter noted, soon Katy will be an actual mom. She announced her pregnancy this week, although it’ll be a while before we know if she’s a “momager.”

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About the Author

Jill O'Rourke

Jill O’Rourke is a contributor at Talent Recap, writing news stories and recaps for shows like ‘AGT,’ ‘The Voice,’ and ‘American Idol.’ She graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in English and Film Studies, and has been writing about pop culture since 2012, with previous bylines at Crushable and A Plus. Jill spends her free time binge-watching sitcoms and daydreaming about life as a hobbit

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