'American Idol': Katy Perry breaks down in tears over contestant's emotional performance

Katy Perry is letting it all out! 

The "Chained to the Rhythm" singer couldn't help but let the tears flow on Sunday night's episode of American Idol. It was an emotional night as the the top 14 contestants vied for America's vote for the first time this season, with Perry breaking down several times -- most notably for Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon's performance. 

Harmon, who previously opened up about his parents' not accepting him being gay, revealed on Sunday's episode that things have taken a positive turn. "Me and my family are in a better place and things are looking up," he shared before his rendition of "We All Fall in Love Sometimes" by Elton John.

"I'm a mess a little bit. I'm just so proud," Katy said, getting choked up as she wiped the tears from her eyes. "I'm just so glad, because you're such a gift. You're a light to the world. Your story is everything, and your talent, it just like, supersedes all, and just, I mean, I'm so proud of you." 

"Katy has me in a mess over here," fellow judge Luke Bryan chimed in, as Lionel Richie begged him not to "start crying too." 

Watch in the video above.

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AMERICAN IDOL - '211 (All-Star Duets)' - The remaining 10 contestants of the Top 20 perform duets with all-star celebrity partners from The Wiltern in Los Angeles, as the search for America's next superstar continues on The ABC Television Network, MONDAY, APRIL 8 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), streaming and on demand. Following the performances, the tension will rise as the remaining 10 contestants find out who has made the last seven spots, rounding out the Top 14 during a final elimination that will leave audiences stunned. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) LOGAN JOHNSON
AMERICAN IDOL - '211 (All-Star Duets)' - The remaining 10 contestants of the Top 20 perform duets with all-star celebrity partners from The Wiltern in Los Angeles, as the search for America's next superstar continues on The ABC Television Network, MONDAY, APRIL 8 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), streaming and on demand. Following the performances, the tension will rise as the remaining 10 contestants find out who has made the last seven spots, rounding out the Top 14 during a final elimination that will leave audiences stunned. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) RYAN HAMMOND, LOGAN JOHNSON, RAQUEL TRINIDAD, BOBBY BONES
AMERICAN IDOL - '211 (All-Star Duets)' - The remaining 10 contestants of the Top 20 perform duets with all-star celebrity partners from The Wiltern in Los Angeles, as the search for America's next superstar continues on The ABC Television Network, MONDAY, APRIL 8 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), streaming and on demand. Following the performances, the tension will rise as the remaining 10 contestants find out who has made the last seven spots, rounding out the Top 14 during a final elimination that will leave audiences stunned. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) LIONEL RICHIE, KATY PERRY, LUKE BRYAN
AMERICAN IDOL - '211 (All-Star Duets)' - The remaining 10 contestants of the Top 20 perform duets with all-star celebrity partners from The Wiltern in Los Angeles, as the search for America's next superstar continues on The ABC Television Network, MONDAY, APRIL 8 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), streaming and on demand. Following the performances, the tension will rise as the remaining 10 contestants find out who has made the last seven spots, rounding out the Top 14 during a final elimination that will leave audiences stunned. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) JEREMIAH LLOYD HARMON, CYNTHIA ERIVO
AMERICAN IDOL - '211 (All-Star Duets)' - The remaining 10 contestants of the Top 20 perform duets with all-star celebrity partners from The Wiltern in Los Angeles, as the search for America's next superstar continues on The ABC Television Network, MONDAY, APRIL 8 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), streaming and on demand. Following the performances, the tension will rise as the remaining 10 contestants find out who has made the last seven spots, rounding out the Top 14 during a final elimination that will leave audiences stunned. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) BEN HARPER
AMERICAN IDOL - '211 (All-Star Duets)' - The remaining 10 contestants of the Top 20 perform duets with all-star celebrity partners from The Wiltern in Los Angeles, as the search for America's next superstar continues on The ABC Television Network, MONDAY, APRIL 8 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), streaming and on demand. Following the performances, the tension will rise as the remaining 10 contestants find out who has made the last seven spots, rounding out the Top 14 during a final elimination that will leave audiences stunned. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) WADE COTA, RYAN HAMMOND, EVELYN CORMIER
AMERICAN IDOL - '211 (All-Star Duets)' - The remaining 10 contestants of the Top 20 perform duets with all-star celebrity partners from The Wiltern in Los Angeles, as the search for America's next superstar continues on The ABC Television Network, MONDAY, APRIL 8 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), streaming and on demand. Following the performances, the tension will rise as the remaining 10 contestants find out who has made the last seven spots, rounding out the Top 14 during a final elimination that will leave audiences stunned. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) DIMITRIUS GRAHAM, LUKAS GRAHAM
AMERICAN IDOL - '211 (All-Star Duets)' - The remaining 10 contestants of the Top 20 perform duets with all-star celebrity partners from The Wiltern in Los Angeles, as the search for America's next superstar continues on The ABC Television Network, MONDAY, APRIL 8 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), streaming and on demand. Following the performances, the tension will rise as the remaining 10 contestants find out who has made the last seven spots, rounding out the Top 14 during a final elimination that will leave audiences stunned. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) ALYSSA RAGHU
AMERICAN IDOL - '211 (All-Star Duets)' - The remaining 10 contestants of the Top 20 perform duets with all-star celebrity partners from The Wiltern in Los Angeles, as the search for America's next superstar continues on The ABC Television Network, MONDAY, APRIL 8 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), streaming and on demand. Following the performances, the tension will rise as the remaining 10 contestants find out who has made the last seven spots, rounding out the Top 14 during a final elimination that will leave audiences stunned. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) RAQUEL TRINIDAD, LOVELYTHEBAND
AMERICAN IDOL - '211 (All-Star Duets)' - The remaining 10 contestants of the Top 20 perform duets with all-star celebrity partners from The Wiltern in Los Angeles, as the search for America's next superstar continues on The ABC Television Network, MONDAY, APRIL 8 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), streaming and on demand. Following the performances, the tension will rise as the remaining 10 contestants find out who has made the last seven spots, rounding out the Top 14 during a final elimination that will leave audiences stunned. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) JEREMIAH LLOYD HARMON
AMERICAN IDOL - '211 (All-Star Duets)' - The remaining 10 contestants of the Top 20 perform duets with all-star celebrity partners from The Wiltern in Los Angeles, as the search for America's next superstar continues on The ABC Television Network, MONDAY, APRIL 8 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), streaming and on demand. Following the performances, the tension will rise as the remaining 10 contestants find out who has made the last seven spots, rounding out the Top 14 during a final elimination that will leave audiences stunned. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) RAQUEL TRINIDAD
AMERICAN IDOL - '211 (All-Star Duets)' - The remaining 10 contestants of the Top 20 perform duets with all-star celebrity partners from The Wiltern in Los Angeles, as the search for America's next superstar continues on The ABC Television Network, MONDAY, APRIL 8 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), streaming and on demand. Following the performances, the tension will rise as the remaining 10 contestants find out who has made the last seven spots, rounding out the Top 14 during a final elimination that will leave audiences stunned. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) LOVELYTHEBAND
AMERICAN IDOL - '211 (All-Star Duets)' - The remaining 10 contestants of the Top 20 perform duets with all-star celebrity partners from The Wiltern in Los Angeles, as the search for America's next superstar continues on The ABC Television Network, MONDAY, APRIL 8 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), streaming and on demand. Following the performances, the tension will rise as the remaining 10 contestants find out who has made the last seven spots, rounding out the Top 14 during a final elimination that will leave audiences stunned. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) CYNTHIA ERIVO
AMERICAN IDOL - '211 (All-Star Duets)' - The remaining 10 contestants of the Top 20 perform duets with all-star celebrity partners from The Wiltern in Los Angeles, as the search for America's next superstar continues on The ABC Television Network, MONDAY, APRIL 8 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), streaming and on demand. Following the performances, the tension will rise as the remaining 10 contestants find out who has made the last seven spots, rounding out the Top 14 during a final elimination that will leave audiences stunned. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) LUKAS GRAHAM
AMERICAN IDOL - '211 (All-Star Duets)' - The remaining 10 contestants of the Top 20 perform duets with all-star celebrity partners from The Wiltern in Los Angeles, as the search for America's next superstar continues on The ABC Television Network, MONDAY, APRIL 8 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), streaming and on demand. Following the performances, the tension will rise as the remaining 10 contestants find out who has made the last seven spots, rounding out the Top 14 during a final elimination that will leave audiences stunned. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) JULIA MICHAELS
AMERICAN IDOL - '211 (All-Star Duets)' - The remaining 10 contestants of the Top 20 perform duets with all-star celebrity partners from The Wiltern in Los Angeles, as the search for America's next superstar continues on The ABC Television Network, MONDAY, APRIL 8 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), streaming and on demand. Following the performances, the tension will rise as the remaining 10 contestants find out who has made the last seven spots, rounding out the Top 14 during a final elimination that will leave audiences stunned. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) LOGAN JOHNSON
AMERICAN IDOL - '211 (All-Star Duets)' - The remaining 10 contestants of the Top 20 perform duets with all-star celebrity partners from The Wiltern in Los Angeles, as the search for America's next superstar continues on The ABC Television Network, MONDAY, APRIL 8 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), streaming and on demand. Following the performances, the tension will rise as the remaining 10 contestants find out who has made the last seven spots, rounding out the Top 14 during a final elimination that will leave audiences stunned. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) ALEJANDRO ARANDA, BOBBY BONES
AMERICAN IDOL - '211 (All-Star Duets)' - The remaining 10 contestants of the Top 20 perform duets with all-star celebrity partners from The Wiltern in Los Angeles, as the search for America's next superstar continues on The ABC Television Network, MONDAY, APRIL 8 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), streaming and on demand. Following the performances, the tension will rise as the remaining 10 contestants find out who has made the last seven spots, rounding out the Top 14 during a final elimination that will leave audiences stunned. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) JULIA MICHAELS
AMERICAN IDOL - '211 (All-Star Duets)' - The remaining 10 contestants of the Top 20 perform duets with all-star celebrity partners from The Wiltern in Los Angeles, as the search for America's next superstar continues on The ABC Television Network, MONDAY, APRIL 8 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), streaming and on demand. Following the performances, the tension will rise as the remaining 10 contestants find out who has made the last seven spots, rounding out the Top 14 during a final elimination that will leave audiences stunned. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) WALKER BURROUGHS, LAINE HARDY, LACI KAYE BOOTH, EVELYN CORMIER, ALEJANDRO ARANDA, DIMITRIUS GRAHAM, WADE COTA, ASHLEY HESS, ALYSSA RAGHU, UCHE, RILEY THOMPSON, MADISON VANDENBURG, EDDIE ISLAND
AMERICAN IDOL - '211 (All-Star Duets)' - The remaining 10 contestants of the Top 20 perform duets with all-star celebrity partners from The Wiltern in Los Angeles, as the search for America's next superstar continues on The ABC Television Network, MONDAY, APRIL 8 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), streaming and on demand. Following the performances, the tension will rise as the remaining 10 contestants find out who has made the last seven spots, rounding out the Top 14 during a final elimination that will leave audiences stunned. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) CYNTHIA ERIVO, RYAN HAMMOND
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Several other contestants moved Perry to tears on Sunday night, while Uche took an opportunity to shift the judges' moods with his dance moves, and get them out of their chairs with his performance of "Finesse" by Bruno Mars. Evelyn Cormier was also a standout of the night, as she made a candid confession about her reality TV past. 

"I was on a reality show called 90 Day Fiance. But ultimately, I want to be recognized for my music," shared Cormier, who appeared on season five of the TLC series with husband David Vázquez Zermeño. 

Fans will find out if Cormier, Uche, Harmon and more make it to the next round on Monday night's episode. American Idol airs Sundays and Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

 

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