Love was in the air Sunday on American Idol, when Katy Perry returned to the building where Orlando Bloom proposed to her on Valentine’s Day last year. "He asked me to marry him on a helicopter, and we landed the helicopter actually on this rooftop," she told her fellow judges, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan. “I just am feeling all the feelings. … My whole family and friends, he had surprised me. Everyone was wearing matching sweaters. It was really sweet. It was so beautiful — all in this room. I’m happy to celebrate it again.”
The celebration continued, because apparently that Downtown Los Angeles skyscraper, the USC Tower, is a lucky location. When 26-year-old contestant Jordan Jones auditioned with a soulful version of the Cure’s “Lovesong” (which, incidentally, Cure frontman Robert Smith wrote as a wedding present for his wife, Mary), he not only scored a golden ticket but put a silver ring on the left hand of his girlfriend Leaira, “probably the greatest person that’s ever been made.” Katy, who was understandably in a lovey-dovey mood all day, exclaimed, “This room is blessed, this room is union, this room is love!” as she and Jordan’s brand-new fiancée compared giant engagement rocks.
But the cutest couple of the episode had to be Lionel and a 78-years-young foxy lady and old-school Commodores superfan named Sylvia (the great-grandmother of auditioner DeWayne Crocker Jr.), who showed up looking like she was ready for date night with an on-trend leopard-print sheath dress and six-inch high heels. “She’s so lit!” bragged DeWayne. “Do you think Lionel will like your heels?” a producer asked Sylvia. “I’m hoping that Lionel Richie will like me, period!” she quipped back.
After DeWayne received a golden ticket for his risky but unique rendition of “Don’t Worry, Be Happy,” in strutted the sexy senior, who revealed that she and her husband met while “Lady” was playing and later walked down the aisle to that Commodores ballad on their wedding day. Lionel then serenaded Sylvia with the song as they adorably slow-danced, with Luke on piano, and he told her, “You are a treasure.” Lionel spoke the truth; all of America must have endless for this dynamite woman. Seriously, can’t Sylvia get three yeses too? She’s clearly Hollywood material.