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One 'American Idol' Singer Had A Special Guest For His Performance Of 'Despacito'

"You were toe to toe."

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After performing solos on Sunday, the first half of the Top 24 on American Idol performed celebrity duets during Monday night's episode. Contestant Brandon Diaz had the special privilege of singing "Despacito" with the man who originated it — Luis Fonsi.

As The Hollywood Reporter points out, Spanish isn't Diaz's first language, so his confident performance was impressive. Fonsi praised Diaz after the performance, saying, "The Spanish in this song is tricky, and you nailed it." The performance had both the crowd and the judges on their feet and dancing.

In his audition, Diaz said he wanted to make it on the show for his father, who was born in Cuba and immigrated to the United States as a child. "He's an incredible vocalist. He's taught me everything I know," Diaz said. "This is really for him. He's always searched for this American Dream, and he's always pushed for me to do that."

Judge Lionel Richie said he was "surprised" by Diaz's latest performance, adding, "By the way, you were toe to toe." Katy Perry pointed out the "advantage to be able to communicate with so many diverse groups of people." Although Diaz was, unfortunately, one of five singers eliminated in this round, plenty of viewers seemed to enjoy his performance.

"As much as I'm over Despacito I loved this performance lol," wrote one YouTube commenter, while another added, "I love how versatile he can be WOW."

Check out the full performance in the video below:

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