American singing competition television series, “American Idol” has returned Sunday night, with renowned singer and songwriter, Lionel Richie, Luke Bryan and Katy Perry as the judges.

So far there have been remarkable moments, after season 19 kicked off, but the most interesting has been the expression and emotions of Bryan over a performance by a contestant, Grace Kinstler.

Kinstler caught the attention of Bryan with the performance of Gladys Knight & the Pips’ “Midnight Train to Georgia” and Aretha Franklin’s “(You Make Me Feel Like a) Natural Woman.”

Going memory lane, Kinstler explained that while she always wanted to be on “Idol,” she was missing her father, who died “very unexpected[ly]” while the 20-year-old Chicago, Ill., native had been away at school. She is currently attending Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass.

In her words, “Growing up, my dad was definitely my main cheerleader. He loved his family,” Kinstler said in a pre-taped segment, adding, “I keep thinking about how much he believed in me and try to believe that much in myself.”

She said the memory of her father was the motivation she was using to move forward, and wore a charm that used to belong to him during her audition.

On the performance, Perry and Richie only looked emotional, while Bryan burst into tears as Kinstler sang.