Katy Perry Teaches Luke Bryan Lyrics to ‘Firework’ on ‘American Idol’

Jill O'Rourke
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During this week’s new episode of American Idol Season 20, Katy Perry gave fellow judge Luke Bryan a lesson in how to sing her hit 2010 song “Firework.” Fans at home might have learned a thing or two about the lyrics as well.


Katy Perry Teaches Luke Bryan ‘Firework’ Lyrics on ‘American Idol’

It all started when Bryan decided to stand up and imitate Perry’s song, singing, “Baby, you’re a up up up / When they shoot across the uh uh uh.” Anyone could tell you those are the wrong lyrics, even if the right ones aren’t so clear.

“It’s not ‘up, up, up,’ and it’s not ‘uh, uh, uh,'” Perry said. When Bryan asked for the correct lyrics, she shared, “It’s ‘awe, awe, awe.’ A-W-E. It’s ‘awe, awe, awe,’ everybody. Get it right. It’s not ‘Fireworks.’ It’s ‘Firework.'”

Strictly speaking, only one part of the song includes the phrase ‘awe awe awe’ — when Perry sings, “You’re gonna leave ’em all in awe, awe, awe.” Most lyrics websites credit the line before that as either “Make ’em go ‘Oh, oh, oh,'” or “Make ’em go ‘Ah, ah, ah.'”


Either way, neither of those options includes “up” or “uh.” And now you know.

SEE ALSO: KATY PERRY DETAILS LUKE BRYAN’S BUDDING BROMANCE WITH ORLANDO BLOOM

Perry, Bryan Perform New Song About Queso

One song whose lyrics we can be more sure of is the one Perry made up on the spot during filming of the new season. In a behind-the-scenes moment from Sunday night’s American Idol, Perry ate chips and queso while Bryan played piano.


“This is queso,” Perry sang on the made-up track. “We ain’t in El Paso / It’s been under the desk / And it ain’t gone hard / Just in queso you forget / I like snacks, yeah.”

After dipping a chip and taking a bite, Perry continued the song by singing, “Melt in your mouth / Won’t let you down / F*ck the calories / It’s the cheese / F*ck the calories / It’s the cheese.”

“That was so nice,” fellow judge Lionel Richie said after overhearing the performance. Fingers crossed that the track is on Perry’s next album.

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