Bebe Rexha, Colbie Caillat prove to this week’s rejected contestants that there’s life after ‘Idol’

Week two of American Idol’s top 24 rounds, which wrapped Monday with a dozen all-star duets, brought with it some shocking, downright outrageous eliminations — namely Effie Passero, who’d slayed “Barracuda” during the previous night’s solo rounds, and Amelia Hammer Harris, this season’s most ready-for-prime-time player. But judge Katy Perry left them with some encouraging parting words, telling them: “You got to duet with a couple of people tonight that never made it on this show that are now bona fide stars. So, if that doesn’t give you a great example of ‘I can do it…”

Katy was referring to Colbie Caillat and Bebe Rexha, both of whom were rejected by Idol in the past. (Other famously passed-over singers, who went on to bigger and better things, include Tori Kelly, Amber Riley, Mary Lambert, and Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott.) Bebe, who sang Monday with Amanda, said, “So the funny thing is, I auditioned for American Idol, but I didn’t make it. So, for all you watching out there, you just never know!” Colbie also revealed that she’d auditioned with her own song ‘Bubbly,’ but “wasn’t ready at all. I had such stagefright, and I realized I had a lot of work to do with myself.”

Colbie finally got to sing “Bubbly” on Idol this Monday… so, yeah, you just never know. Maybe we will see the totally robbed Amanda and Effie as guest stars on Idol in the years to come.

Caleb Lee Hutchinson & Bebe Rexha, “Meant to Be”
The hitmaker and recent Florida Georgia Line collaborator was a good match for Caleb. When he started off the song along, he wasn’t as confident as he’d been Sunday, but when Bebe walked out and reached for his hand, he visibly relaxed and their voices blended well. I think Caleb might have a crush on her. “Wow, Caleb, I’ve never seen that shade of red before! That was really fun seeing you outside of your comfort zone, getting a bit loose,” said Katy.

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