Watch Steve Perry Surprise Contestant on ‘American Idol’

Former Journey front man Steve Perry made a surprise appearance last night on the ABC reboot of American Idol to praise top three contestant Gabby Barrett on her performance of the classic Journey hit, “Don’t Stop Believin.'”

Judge Katy Perry was speechless seeing him in the audience, deferring that the Journey icon “should be the one to give the critique.”

Steve Perry praised the 18-year old Pittsburgh, Pa.’s interpretation “the most amazing version I ever heard” just minutes after she wrapped on the stage.

How did she feel after hearing that the iconic singer felt her version was the best he ever heard?

“That was insane,” she told Variety. “I had no idea he was coming, that was such an honor. Just seeing him there and being able to sing in front of him was such an honor.”

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