Gabby Barrett Sings "I Have Nothing" by Whitney Houston - Top 5 - American Idol 2018 on ABC

Published on May 14, 2018
Gabby Barrett sings "I Have Nothing" by Whitney Houston for her Mother's Day Top 5 performance in front of a live audience and Judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie on American Idol 2018.
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AMERICAN IDOL, the iconic series that revolutionized the television landscape by pioneering the music competition genre, will return to airwaves on SUNDAY, MARCH 11 at 8|7c, at its new home on ABC.
The nationwide search for the next superstar kicked off in August 2017, as the Idol Bus traveled from Portland, Oregon, to Orlando, Florida, in its pursuit for talent, covering 23 cities across the country. Auditioning was made easier than ever as hopefuls also had the opportunity to submit audition videos online, as well as via select social media platforms using an official tag, #TheNextIdol, cultivating over 300,000 posts. Also, for the first time in “American Idol” history, hopefuls had the opportunity to audition through a livestream platform.
Helping to determine who America will ultimately vote for to become the next singing sensation, are music industry forces and superstar judges, Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie. Emmy® Award-winning host and producer Ryan Seacrest will return as host of the beloved series.


  • Why so much hate? She was amazing! Shut Up And try! Let's see ifyou do better

  • I absolutely loved this performance

  • I honestly think if Whitney was here she would be so proud of this girl. I had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Whitney and she was the most down to earth thankful woman regardless of life's challenges.

  • awsome

  • So beautiful both voice and human being love you!!!!

  • You are amazing!

  • Omg amazing!!!

  • 💙💙

  • absolutely breathtaking! one of my favorite performances!!

  • Sick and still slayed this song ! Merry Christmas Gabby

  • ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  • You’re absolutely amazing 🙏🏻❤️

  • love this!!!! such a beautiful voice ❤️❤️❤️

  • Beautiful ♥️


  • yesss lord

  • Your so amazing!!

  • This was my favorite song that night!

  • My favorite

  • She’s so beautiful and talented!! I need to see her❤️ @GabbyBarrett

  • You’ve inspired me to take the leap and start singing😊 You have a beautiful voice and your so beautiful!

  • Love seeing you continue your journey now that idol is over. Keep it up girl!! ❤️❤️

  • I absolutley love you and your music!!❤

  • WOW

  • am I the only one who thinks she looks pregnant? Lol

  • Whitney is so hard to sing and she did this so beautifully

  • i love gabby so much, fun fact she went to y high school its serra catholic in pittsburgh

  • Amazing...Great voice..!

  • Hii, Let's watch ANNETH - PELANGIKU ( IdolJunior ) like & comment 🤓

  • Great song Gabby

  • BEAUTIFUL voice and young lady

  • That hair look should be curly with bit of volume🤔

  • She did great to me!! Also, guess what internet trolls! You have to consider that she was sick during this performance. So, yeah take your opinion and suck on it.

  • she has a great voice & i love her tone but i feel nothing while watching this performance.. no emotion at all.. maybe cause she was sick idk

  • Trump Trump Trump Trump Trump Trump Trump Trump :) USA USA USA USA USA USA

  • Oh my god she sounds just like her wow love it

  • Painful

  • Whitney Houston would be so proud

  • In my opinion this was her best performance in the competition. I don't really like Gabby.

  • This performance was just OK, very shaky, no soul in it. Definitely not a flawless performance by any means. Why it has been hyped up is beyond me. I’ve heard at least 10 youtube covers that were a million times better. This song was clearly above her capabilities to the point where she was over singing to reach certain notes & made key changes to try save herself from going flat, but failed miserably. There were parts of that rendition that were fine and good, but the high notes were shrill, pitchy and borderline screeching; very hard to listen to, and she didn’t put much emotion into such a powerful song. Sorry, but Gabby is such an average, mediocre singer with too much hype. The only thing that really pushed far in the competition was her looks.

  • Amazing voice!

  • She's absolutely beautiful, all around & everywhere in between. Love her! she reminds me of Miranda Lambert before Miranda lost a ton of weight and that's not a disrespect in any means

  • Amazing 😉

  • Worst cover I've heard for contestant going so far to perform this

  • I luv luv luv this Gabby!!! So beautifully delivered your way!!! Awesomeness 😍😍

  • F**K I have nothing. Everytime i heard people sing this song in any show, i feel like slapping someone. Fake people. This song has been sung like zillions of times. like we have no new songs

  • sooooo so amazing. Honestly wow

  • I heard the cover by ariana grande,she is far far better than that

  • Gabby was the most talented from that season hands down. I like all of them, but Gabby is something special.

    • HA. Gabby was not consistent, was not the best ARTIST, and did not have the best voice.

  • You gotta check I Have Nothing by Maria ( indonesian idol )

  • You are no# 1 Awesome, you can make it in the music business. Don’t ever give up.

  • Your voice, personally make you

  • Wow

  • way too whiny

  • Amen this song means so much right now

  • non debatably the best 2 minutes of audio on the planet

  • She played it safe didn’t reach for the difficult notes and ups and downs I that song at all poor choice

  • There are only a few people who can pull off this song, and Gabby is not one of them. I think people tend to over hype anyone who dare sing a Whitney song and do even remotely well. This reminded me of Sonika Vaid belting out this song during the farewell season - GOOD BUT NOT GREAT. Even Sonika sung this better than her. Go listen to Jessie J, Liona Lewis and Johnny Manuel for AGT sing this song. Those were so excellent. This cover is very mediocre at best. Middle range isn’t that great, flat & pitchy on the high/bigger notes, and she didn’t put too much feeling into such a powerful song. No soul in it. Half of you only like her because you’re so use to mediocre singers with very little talent, just looks. She nothing super amazing like some try to make her seem. That’s why she blew all of her performances during the finale.. just proves that she was NOT one of the best. The top 3 were weak in general, but Gabby was definitely the weakest.

  • Maria from Indonesian idol is better than her... Maria is the best 👍🏻

  • I am SHOOK

  • This was not good

  • Wow! This beautiful young lady is one amazing singer. Loved it!

  • Such a good voice!

  • Jesus she gave me chills all up and down my body

  • I don't think her voice is powerful enough for this song

  • Jessica Sanchez puts this performance to shame, I wish Gabby did songs that suited her voice better on this show. Instead she chose songs that other people on idol have sung and played it safe. Underwhelming performance. Gabby's really unique and this isn't up her alley. She didn't do very well with the phrasing and her voice is shaky. I wish the judges on the show had paid better attention to the detail as Simon did instead of just trying to find someone with "star quality" and pouring out encouragement to their favorites.

  • blown? gone. like katy said hey whered he go. wig? i dunno. can you do this more often. oo you gonna last? or do i have to bother remembering your name?

  • wig

  • ok that song i know and did not hate. wow

  • amazing

  • Gabby your an amazing singer! Keep it up!

  • ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL Gabby! I've always loved watching you preform and sing for many many years 😍😍

  • You have the voice of an Angel!!!!!

  • You are so amazing you can sing any song out there your so great. 💙💜💛❤💚💜💙💛❤💚

    • Brooke Collins exactly! Her voice is so versatile

  • Can I say I’ve loved you before American idol. You are so flipping talented Gabby and absolutely gorgeous!!!😍😍

  • beautiful

  • she’s my favorite!!!!!!

  • This is beautiful all around. Brings tears to my eyes

  • Love her voice

  • One of my favorites

  • Absolutely amazing!!

  • I took a picture with her

  • I was eating at chilis when my server told me randomly that I look like gabby but a brunette version so here I am.

  • NOPE...not even close to Whitney!! No feelings, no soul!!!!!

  • thus is the first I heard her. I thank Maddie is great and she brings herself in the songs. Gabby is a great singer. she should try again. think America made the right choice by picking Maddie. but you are great to Gabby. don't give up I can see you being a big star someday.

  • She looks like Emily Osment

  • WOW I Love your Version of this song all the strength Power you put behind it Gabby you really know how to do show the Real Gabby Barrett Your my Idol the idol of so many others Sweety !!!! you give true Meaning to the words Super Star !!!!!!!!!

  • Whitney see it darling ❤😭

  • no no no. its not as good

  • so beautifull

  • I thought this was amazing at the time. Now I just listened to it back to back with Whitneys live performance and meh...

  • Now I need to go listen to Jessie J's version of the song to cleanse my ears

  • With being sick she was amazing!

  • i still believe that she should have won. maddie and caleb were great, but gabby was stunning. i believe that they let gabby take third place just so maddie and caleb could announce that they were dating.. its not fair to gabby at all.

  • She can sing anything. Some try and peg her as only country, but that is not true. We have heard a variety come out of her beautiful voice.

  • Why doesn't she just stay to R&B????? Her voice is so good at this style!

  • Love this song gave me chills esp knowing she was really sick she blew it away

  • i loved this perfomance and i love the dress , you are so beautiful and talented gabby we love you

  • Absolutely beautiful & amazing.. What a beautiful tribute 💕 to your Mom 💕💕

  • In Indonesia, Southeast of Asia, we have Maria Simorangkir who just won the latest season of Indonesian Idol. And with pleasure you guys can check out how she nailed 'I Have Nothing' cover on Indonesian Idol's Official US-tv. And you will surprise just like how we proud of her.