Fil-Am singer Francisco Martin became so nervous during his latest performance for American Idol Season 18 that he forgot the lyrics.
For the second round of Hollywood Week, aired last March 22 (U.S. time), Francisco teamed up with fellow contestant Louis Knight. Calling themselves 315, they decided to perform a duet of The Script’s “Breakeven.”
Unfortunately, Francisco forgot some lines of the song, and he looked visibly upset about his mistake.
American Idol judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie then gave Francisco advice on how to deal with a situation like this.
Don't let the audience know, said Katy.
In full, pop singer Katy said: “Francisco, if you make a mistake or if you forget the words, that’s okay. We do it all the time. Just don’t give up and don’t show defeat. You can go backstage and kick a trashcan if you need to. But don’t let the audience know.”
Luke asked the aspiring singer if he was always that nervous onstage.
The 18-year-old college student from San Francisco, California, admitted: “Not really that. It’s more of me not believing in myself as much as other people do.”
Bryan told Francisco to trust those who do the screening of contestants in American Idol.
Said he: "We have tremendous hopes and dreams for you guys. You need to trust us and the people around you that you are this good. You are."
The legendary Lionel agreed: "You are born enough. There’s nothing you have to prove except to yourself.”
Despite this blunder, Francisco and Louis were allowed to go through to the next round of American Idol.