Less than halfway through audition rounds, American Idol might have already found its season 19 winner, and she has the range to prove it. On Feb. 21, the show aired 15-year-old Casey Bishop’s audition, highlighting her passion for rock and roll and her powerhouse vocals. “I listen to Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sublime, and then I love blues, like Ella Fitzgerald,” Bishop said before diving into a completely reimagined cover of Mötley Crüe’s “Live Wire.” Bishop followed her performance with a soulful rendition of popular jazz standard “My Funny Valentine” — which was famously performed by Fitzgerald — that left all three judges stunned.
“I didn’t think anybody would get close to Alejandro’s audition as far as me being just like dipped in Disney and sparkles and flowers and doves, and that’s what your audition was for me,” Luke Bryan told Bishop, comparing the Florida resident to season 17 runner-up Alejandro Aranda. The judge then predicted, “I think she’s the damn winner of American Idol, period.” And with such a powerful voice, we wouldn’t be surprised if Bishop won the whole show. Watch her full performance above and check out some of the other promising American Idol season 19 contestants here.