Katie, I love you. I don’t want to make an excuse, but I’m just really struggling. It’s been really hard focusing. It seems that Louis is still processing a personal tragedy that he shared with the judges in his D.C. audition. I wrote the song about going through the loss of one of my best friends to suicide. About a year and a half ago, Russell took his own life. He was like a rock for me. I mean, my whole world just kind of stopped. I was left with all these kind of unresolved feelings. I didn’t really deal with it. You know, my friend that passed away. It actually would have been his birthday today. It’s weird because like, it’s been such a big part of my life for the last year and a half and I don’t know I’ve been putting it out of my mind. Why would you do that? Why would you put it out of your
mind? I don’t think it’s a time to put out your mind. I don’t know why. I just, I don’t know why. It’s a whirlwind of emotions here in Hollywood week and having all of this stuff coming back up that you think you’ve made peace with. It’s really hard. It’s really hard. There is nothing wrong with you thinking about your friend. No, don’t. Why are you so sorry about emotion, man? Here you are about to walk on that stage. And seeing you’re trying to block that out. He would be so mad at me right now. Like, why not use him as your inspiration? Hey, guys. Hey, Katie. Is that your mom? That is my mom. Oh, my God, she’s such a beautiful mom. Thank you. She’s incredible. They’re all incredible. Oh, and she’s English. Oh babe, she is a beaut! Let’s hear what you got there Louis. I’m going to be singing, Hold Me While You Wait by Lewis Capaldi. Thank you. That wasn’t perfect, but. But his voice is tired. Even when his voice is tired it’s
beautiful. It’s still cool. I have chills talking about it. I think that went well. I was such a wreck this morning. Bobby had some really kind words of wisdom for me and really just helped me believe in myself when I didn’t, I wouldn’t be able to do that.