Katy Perry describes Wilmington singer as 'Southern Hallmark card' during audition on 'American Idol'

Wilmington singer competes on 'American Idol'

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A voice from Wilmington was heard across the nation.

Joshua Ward competed to be the next American Idol.

Today on WECT News at Four, Joshua talked about auditioning in front of the judges.

"After Mr. Luke Bryan introduced me and asked me who i was and where I was from, Katy Perry's initial reaction was, 'Aren't you just a little Southern Hallmark card'," Ward said. "That made my day."

Ward's audition wasn't featured on Sunday's show. However, his reaction to finding out he made it to Hollywood week was included in the show for a few seconds.

Ward performed his version of Rihanna's "Stay" on the show. Ward said Bryan described his voice as sounding like a Ferrari.

Ward auditioned in October and has already filmed the Hollywood episodes.

He's said he was excited to finally be able to talk about getting selected for Hollywood week on the show.

Unfortunately the Wilmington singer's American Idol journey came to an end. He posted on his Instagram account Monday night that he did not make it to the next round.

"Sadly, my American Idol journey has come to an end," Ward said in his post. "This however though was still one of the most amazing experiences of my life and I thank the Lord that He gave me this opportunity. I'm not really sure why they cut me... I didn't get any feedback from the judges. I'm sure though that they had good reason and just didn't think that I was ready yet, and I will just come back and be better than before next time."

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