Estero’s Casey Bishop wows Luke Bryan at Sunday audition

Estero's Casey Bishop wows Luke Bryan at Sunday audition

Luke Bryan’s calling it already. He’s predicting this year’s winner of “American Idol.”

It’s Estero teen Casey Bishop.

“I think she’s the damn winner of ‘American Idol,’” Bryan said, moments after Bishop auditioned Sunday on the TV singing competition. “Period. It’s evident.”

Later, Bryan added this: “Wow, y’all. My body has been tingling for 10 minutes. She is a MASSIVE star.”

Estero teen Casey Bishop auditions for the judges on

Bishop, 16, sang two songs for the judges: The jazz standard “My Funny Valentine” and a slowed-down, bluesy version of Mötley Crüe’s “Live Wire.”

Afterward, judges Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie seemed stunned by what they’d just heard.

“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,” Bryan said, referring to 2019 finalist Alejandro Aranda. “And that’s what your audition was for me.

“I wrote ‘Top 10, def’ on the Mötley Crüe song, and then you just did — I don’t even know what the heck just happened just then (with ‘My Funny Valentine’).”

Previously: Estero teen Casey Bishop is ready to rock out on her ‘American Idol’ audition

Even more impressive: It was Bishop’s first time singing for an audience other than her friends, her high school chorus and school talent shows.

“I have no experience performing,” Bishop said on the show. “Most people here seem to have lots of performing experience. I’m kinda intimidated.

“The only places I sing are literally my bathroom. I put my song on, pick up my brush and then I just go for it, like in the mirror. I just literally pretend that I’m onstage.”

Now Bishop doesn’t have to pretend anymore. And “American Idol’s” judges predict great things for her future.

“We’re gonna enjoy watching you grow,” Richie said. “Right here in front of us. … The sky is the limit.”

Estero's Casey Bishop on the

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Perry — a longtime idol of Bishop’s — felt the same way.

“You’re really, really, really good,” Perry said. “And I love that nobody knows that you can sing besides you and couple of your friends and your hairbrush, probably. I mean, a lot of hair, a lot of brushing, a lot of microphone time.”

After her audition, Bishop scored a golden ticket to perform again on the show for Hollywood Week, which starts March 21.

“Oh my god!” a tearful Bishop exclaimed to the judges after they all said “yes” to moving her to the next round. “Thank you so much!”

Minutes later, she ran out the doors of the audition room with her mother and yelled, “I’m going to Hollywood!”

Casey Bishop is a sophomore at The Center for the Arts at Cypress Lake High School in Fort Myers. She was 15 when she auditioned on “American Idol” in November. She turned 16 in February.

Bishop — who was 15 when she filmed her California audition in November — landed on the show after taking part in virtual auditions.

“I just auditioned for some producers on my mom’s iPad, and it went great,” she told The News-Press and Naples Daily News last week. “Here I am (laughs).”

Performing on “American Idol” meant the world to her, she said. The aspiring rock ‘n’ roller sings, plays guitar and adores Mötley Crüe, The Pretty Reckless and 90s grunge bands.

“That’s what I’ve always wanted to do and had my eyes on and my mind on: Just singing and making music and singing on the stage, rocking out,” said the sophomore at Fort Myers’ Center for the Arts at Cypress Lake High School. “I just really want to be on the stage. I love it. I didn’t know I could love it that much.”

“American Idol” airs at 8 p.m. Sundays on ABC. Learn more about the show at

Bishop’s early success comes after another Estero resident, Ben Allen, made it to the semi-finals late last year on NBC singing competition “The Voice.” 

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