On Sunday’s premiere of American Idol, 18-year-old Noah Davis from Royal, Arkansas wowed judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan with his rendition of Rihanna’s power ballad “Stay.” But he also left a lasting impression with his vocabulary, that Perry instantly understood but which left the other judges a bit confused. Perry asked: “Wig? Did you just say wig? Yes. I know. Wig. I feel that already.”
When the other judges asked Perry what the term meant, she responded, “It’s not your language. It’s just for us.”
“We’re here together,” Davis responded
Even before he sang, Perry admitted she loved Davis, and he returned the feeling.
Noah Davis explained: “I grew on a little farm but I felt like the city was calling me. I’m a city person. It has been awesome being here in LA. This is my first time in LA.”
After the nursing student emotionally sang and accompanied himself on the piano, the judges stood up in ovation.
“I got chills,” Perry said.
“Let’s go hug this gentleman,” Bryan said.
“Wig,” Perry said to him. “Snatched.”
“Snatched?” Davis asked.
“Flown,” Perry said.
“Flown?” Davis asked.
“Out the door,” Perry said. “It’s in Arkansas.”
“It’s in Arkansas. You don’t want it back?” Davis said.
“I don’t need it,” Perry said.
According to Urban Dictionary, “Wig is a term used to describe when someone does something (In their opinion) that is so good that they go bald.” And “When something happens so unexpectedly, that your wig flies off your head.”
In case you need further explanation as to what the word means, Perry explained it to Jimmy Kimmel last week on his show.
“When somebody basically sings so well and the wig flies off,” Perry clarified to Kimmel. “It’s like if there is tape and glue – but sometimes the glue is not strong enough to hold the vibrations. And the wig flies all across the room.”
“That’s when you know you can really sang.”