Ryan Hammond Finds a Spiritual Connection with Katy Perry - American Idol 2019 on ABC

  • Published on Mar 19, 2019
  • Former church singer Ryan Hammond overcomes weight issues to follow his dreams and audition for American Idol with "Lay Me Down" by Sam Smith in front of Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie.
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    AMERICAN IDOL, the iconic series that revolutionized the television landscape by pioneering the music competition genre, returns on ABC.
    Helping to determine who America will ultimately vote for to become the next singing sensation are music industry forces and superstar judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie. Emmy® Award-winning host and producer Ryan Seacrest returns as host of the beloved series.
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Comments • 785

  • Petra Paulina Emotera

    Sorry, gotta skip the backstory.

  • Millie D
    Millie D 7 days ago

    The new Sam Smith

  • Emmanuel Marian Mathew

    He is really good but roo much going on..

  • Doriana Tamburini
    Doriana Tamburini 28 days ago

    Lindo Beautiful

  • Nik B
    Nik B Month ago +1

    I love Katy Perry.... But has anyone noticed she’ll randomly take on a country accent! Lol I’ve noticed it all season. 🤠

  • Helly Bunz
    Helly Bunz Month ago

    This is by far the most emotional story I've ever heard from a contestant😢

  • Lori Johnson
    Lori Johnson Month ago

    😮 he’s beautiful! Love his voice!

  • Zakareya My Love
    Zakareya My Love Month ago

    Amazing family is everything his voice is wow

  • guilherme prazeres
    guilherme prazeres Month ago

    4:38 pianist's face aahahhaha

  • Insomniac
    Insomniac Month ago

    Hate seeing people cry man! Come on, this is a talent show, no?

    • Lee Lifeson
      Lee Lifeson Month ago

      Insomniac big boys don’t cry men do!

  • 5649ashleigh
    5649ashleigh Month ago

    Thanks for making me cry !!!! 😭

  • Ray Espinosa
    Ray Espinosa Month ago

    Anyone notice the paino player 😂hes literally me lmao

  • Ruby Andrews
    Ruby Andrews Month ago

    I think you looked better bigger... But I like bigger men.. Not too skinny

  • ILyvempm Facturan
    ILyvempm Facturan 2 months ago


  • CMC Cognito
    CMC Cognito 2 months ago

    I’m really shocked at how he doesn’t have excess skin. Amazing voice, he gave me goosebumps 💕

  • Don Trump
    Don Trump 2 months ago +4

    And liberals want you to be proud of being overweight. Hmmm
    What an inspiration. God bless him

  • Olive Epee
    Olive Epee 2 months ago

    THE WEIGHT LOSS!!!!!!!!! Wow

  • Purneswar Prasad
    Purneswar Prasad 3 months ago

    Hole in his stomach... Yeah, how long before these doctors leave scissors in patients...

  • Fancy Love
    Fancy Love 3 months ago +2

    He was Handsome the way he was 🤗💞 but Truly an inspiration what he did for his health and gift... Blessings 👐

    TRTL HACKER 3 months ago +1

    He went to my school!!!

  • Golfy Malfy
    Golfy Malfy 4 months ago

    I'm not lying, this dude came to my school talent show and preformed for us

  • Himer Chavez
    Himer Chavez 4 months ago +2

    He's from my home town Modesto btw he came to my talent show today and he's from my school!!!!😁😁😀😀😁

    • Golfy Malfy
      Golfy Malfy 4 months ago

      Same, that was a good preformance

  • Chris Powers
    Chris Powers 4 months ago

    still curious if the families know each other... what's up with that?

  • Makaela and Jessica
    Makaela and Jessica 4 months ago

    Anyone else notice how he looks and sounds like Sam Smith 😳🤔

  • Vanessa Chavez
    Vanessa Chavez 4 months ago

    He inspires me to lose weight and sing more

  • Ashish Gaikwad
    Ashish Gaikwad 4 months ago

    Name of song playing in background?

  • dioguito24
    dioguito24 4 months ago

    This guy is amazing!!! He should have been one of the finalists.

  • BossUpWithNaeC
    BossUpWithNaeC 4 months ago

    He looks so great! Awesome weight loss. I am 127lbs down naturally

  • eric burhed
    eric burhed 4 months ago

    He's going to win

  • Lisa Chlastawa
    Lisa Chlastawa 4 months ago

    He did not make it to the voting round though even though his mom had posted all over her facebook page that the voting would be coming soon and to make sure everyone votes for her son

  • Kristina Pack
    Kristina Pack 4 months ago

    Never knew that about stockton lived here forever lol

  • Gabriela Galloway
    Gabriela Galloway 5 months ago

    He’s amazing. Can’t believe he was eliminated. Big mistake they’ve made but he will probably turn things around

  • Courtney Sierra
    Courtney Sierra 5 months ago

    Yeah ... no

  • Nushreen Torabally
    Nushreen Torabally 5 months ago


  • tattoo bby1
    tattoo bby1 5 months ago

    OMG I love him!♡

  • Janzen
    Janzen 5 months ago

    Guy reminds me of sal from impractical jokers

  • Trace Dial
    Trace Dial 5 months ago

    Love, Love, Love everything.

  • Acting Out Loud
    Acting Out Loud 5 months ago

    Good Lord he’s fine💕👌annnnd his voice... delicious. That pianist was playing like he just wanted to go home. 🙄 I liked his voice better in this song that Sam Smith.

  • Levi Pinkhasov
    Levi Pinkhasov 5 months ago

    Nothing was wrong with the way he sang the song. He was climaxing to the song and showing ability.

  • Gigi V.
    Gigi V. 5 months ago +7

    I love how Billie is playing in the background

  • Claudia Ayala Muniz
    Claudia Ayala Muniz 5 months ago

    His voice was so powerful and his family could hear him from outside like damn

  • AndresMusicProducer
    AndresMusicProducer 5 months ago

    He sounds like Sam Smith no lie 😮😮
    Damn you can do anything just gotta Practice So Much To Get Where You wanna Be At 😮👌
    Maybe some of u think he doesn't but he kinda does sound like him

  • Roxanne Harris
    Roxanne Harris 5 months ago

    Great job.

  • Roxanne Harris
    Roxanne Harris 5 months ago

    He looks so different.

  • Lillian
    Lillian 5 months ago +1

    ok so why is no one talking about how fucking hot he is before and after weight loss and his eyes....... ouuf oh ma lord.

  • Kirsten Cheyenne
    Kirsten Cheyenne 5 months ago

    He reminds me of sal off of impractical jokers

  • Roxy Rivera
    Roxy Rivera 5 months ago

    Omg he gives me Sam Smith vibes💯👏😍!

  • Roxy Rivera
    Roxy Rivera 5 months ago +1

    Omg Billie ellish and Khalid backround music 😍😍LOVELYYYY💍👏

  • Joy Linder
    Joy Linder 5 months ago +1

    He may have been raised in church but he sure wasn’t awakened. Praying for you Ryan.

    • Joy Linder
      Joy Linder 5 months ago

      @Will Wilson I ain't judging, but I'm prayin'.

    • Will Wilson
      Will Wilson 5 months ago

      You can take your judgements to hell with you.

  • Ktwin Lee
    Ktwin Lee 5 months ago

    he could like...get it

  • SOA Kiddu
    SOA Kiddu 5 months ago

    Name of background music?

  • Elisia III
    Elisia III 5 months ago

    Can't believe he sang Sam Smith 😍😍😍😍😍

  • Fatma Hures
    Fatma Hures 5 months ago +1

    So happy he survived the surgery, and is so good looking.He also resembles Sam Smith.Good luck to him 👏👏👏

  • declan mannix
    declan mannix 5 months ago

    Piano player was bad

  • dennis dennis
    dennis dennis 5 months ago +1

    On of the Best ....you are American Idol of course 👌♥️

  • elenikaty
    elenikaty 5 months ago

    But do they know Katy's parents?

  • Karl Aponte
    Karl Aponte 5 months ago

    He wasn't even that big"

  • Wichita St
    Wichita St 5 months ago +3

    Anybody see the piano player's face at 4:37?

  • Nia Ariella
    Nia Ariella 5 months ago +5

    His talking voice reminds me of James Charles kinda

  • Oliver Montoya
    Oliver Montoya 5 months ago +2

    Is it just me or does he remind me of Elliott yamin?