The 2019 season with "American Idol" continues, but the journey to Nate Walker is currently.
The 18-year-old Pittsburgh singer was one of 20 participants eliminated in the ABC show's March 31 episode
The singers who made the top 20 are Alyssa Raghu of Florida, Madison Vandenburg in New York. , Logan Johnson in Idaho, Dimitrius Graham from Maryland, Laci Kaye Booth of Texas, Ashley Hess in California, Walker Burroughs of Alabama, Ryan Hammond in California, Evelyn Cormier in New Hampshire, Kate Barnette of Georgia, Uche Ndubizu from Texas, Alejandro Arando in California, Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon from Maryland, Riley Thompson in Texas, Raquel Trinidad in Florida, Shawn Robinson of Georgia, Bumbly of New York York, Wade Cota in Arizona, Eddie Island of Nashville and Laine Hardy of Louisiana.
Although he will no longer be on "Idol", Walker earned a standing applause from celebrity judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan after his performance of "Still" by Commodores.
"The song is already amazing, but I will try to take it to another level," Walker told cameras before his performance.
It was a risky movement that performed a Lionel Richie song in front of the man himself. However, the gamble did not pay but not because of Walker's vocal ability. Instead, the judges dictated his lack of connection to the crowd.
"As for your abilities, you have them all," Richie told Walker as the judges announced their decision.
"There is an audience of people who die to feel you and you must feel them," he continued. "We had to make a decision: Did the crowd feel you or did you feel?"
When Richie told Walker he didn't make the top 20, he followed it by expressing his admiration for him.
"I love you," Richie Walker said. "We love you."
The news took over Walker – before he received the news, he had told cameras that he could already imagine winning the whole competition.
"I had all this hope I had to get a yes," he said.
After releasing the news to his shocked family and other participants, Walker completed his career in Idol at its peak. He said he had noted any criticism the judges had given him and would use it to improve. "I need every thing they said."
Walker wasn't the only Pennsylvania to compete this season of "American Idol." Jake Puliti from Goldsboro in York County was eliminated in the previous episode, which was set in Hollywood.
"American Idol" airs 8 pm Sundays and Mondays on ABC. Learn more about the show at abc.go.com/shows/american-idol.