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.


  • When she ain’t trying to sound like Carrie Underwood she is amazing but she blew it in the finales Maddie definitely deserved it

  • She has a good voice, not great but good, but she's out of her league doing Whitney. She's thin and thready sounding and her voice lacks the depth needed for this style of song. The music was overpowering her and filling in gaps her voice could not. This made it sound better than she really was -

  • I really feel if we had seen more Of this and less imitation she would’ve won, I wanted to know gabby not a created version!!

  • Idol needs to lock these songs up unless they actually find contestants that can tackle these songs. Not hating on Gabby cause she did what she can, but it was such a screech fest.

  • Horribleeeee 😕


  • From church songs to Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin to Lee Ann Womack... I am #TEAMGABBY all the way! I was upset when u didn’t win, not because I think it’ll prevent u from success, but because of all the haters and trolls saying you are cocky, fake, or trying to be Carrie Underwood...and I’d hate to think for a MINUTE that u are reading ANY of that garbage. Shame on you judges in #AmericanIdol for promoting this image of her trying to “be Carrie”. No one acknowledged that she advocates for bullying, sings for charity, started in a church choir, but yea she’s totally not humble at all right?? Also, God forbid if you’re a pretty girl that you are confident, because you will be labeled cocky. Didn’t hear anyone calling Cade cocky- or any of the men that portrayed a “sexy” image? That’s weird🤔 As much as @Katyperry advocates for “women in her industry” she sure had a lot of inappropriate boy/man crushes on this show. Did she really say she was voting for Maddie? Yea I’m sure 13yr old girls voting weren’t influenced by that at all. Oh well, im done ranting...I’m sure no one will even read this😂 Gabby Barrett I will buy EVERY SINGLE ALBUM!! You have a beautiful voice and your Ave Maria gave me chills. She will use all you trolls to dig deep into her talented soul and produce some amazing work with or without #AmericanIdol #TEAMGABBY ❤️ #TEAMGABBY ❤️ #TEAMGABBY ❤️ #TEAMGABBY ❤️ #TEAMGABBY ❤️ #TEAMGABBY ❤️ #TEAMGABBY ❤️ #TEAMGABBY ❤️

  • glad the bitch didnt win

  • She should have won

  • Had to turn off the volume.. sorry

  • Pretty idol

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  • maria's version in indonesian idol is better.

  • Today's my birthday 🎉 so I'm going to like my own comment

  • Her voice sounds best like this instead of yelling


  • I think she did great with this song however. Ada did better 💅.

    • Does Maddie have any song she did all season comparable to this with as many hits & comments?

    • Still bitchin' even when you know she nailed this one baby!

  • LOVE THIS SONG! You killed it Gabby!!

  • She just cured my ear infection

  • See now songs like this and that Aretha Franklin song she sang, are more in her spectrum that I love. The country one and carrie underwood she keeps trying to shove arent for her.

  • Really awesome performance by Gabbie. This person has star quality.

  • Wish people would stop comparing the songs they sing to the actual artist singing it ... she song it good! Whitney is a great artist but she dont have to sing like her to nail that song ... she did great and nailed it so🤷‍♀️

  • She goes to my school my teachers are always talking about her in class she is so good

  • Not Whitney.

  • She would be so pretty without all that makeup.

  • Wow!! I dont think anybody could match Whitney but this artist came so very close...

  • Songs way to big for her. Cringe .

  • amazing

  • She's so pitchy in so many levels 😣

  • Bae😍😍

  • She better win

  • Maybe the BEST of the entire season for American Idol ABC 2018 ...

  • still no one could reach whitneys vocals

  • I love her dress... anyone know where I can get it?

  • ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. I hope she wins tomorrow night.

  • FINALLY SOMETHING DECENT OUT OF HER MOUTH but still maddie is the winner

  • I knew there would be a lot of jealous girls leaving negative comments. Those dimples though

  • You guys clearly don't know the difference between "singing" and "screaming." Lol. It's kinda sad. The judges think Gabby killed it and she does mostly a good job with the songs that she has been doing. It's simple, if you don't like her, then don't vote for her, but I give her a lot of props for being able to own singing that type of a song. It's very ballsy of her and she nailed it. Don't stoop so low as to leaving negative comments about someone's craft when you could just keep your mouth shut. Awesome job, Gabby. You continue to amaze me night after night! Get it girl!

  • How can someone like Maddie even be in the same contest as Gabby? Gabby is the best American Idol ever!!! She will be more famous then anyone that came before her and I will forget about the other girl in 5 seconds...

  • I guess the American Idol judges should come here to read the comments before they critique Gabby since they don't know what they are doing. Silly them, they think Gabby did an amazing job but what do they know? As for the standard, there is only one standard. Whitney. No one has ever achieved that standard imo. Never will. That doesn't mean that Gabby didn't do an amazing job though because she did.

  • Great vocals.....but I don't like her voice at all.

  • this is so much better than any voice contestant!!! winner, winner, chicken dinner!!! hands down

  • Perfect

  • She went to our school last year and sang😂

  • who else thinks that she has a nice voice?

  • most of the negative comments on here are from people who have no vocal skills....Yes you may be consumers and yes that is powerful but "You Have Nothing" on the lives of successful artists.

  • Anyone saying she nailed it, NEEDS to 👂 how its supposed to sound. This is a disgrace to Whitney


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  • How could 2k give this a thumbs down? She’s fantastic!!

  • Nice boobies

  • That 1:19 moment is 😍!!! Love love love her!

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  • This year's AI sucks. There are a lot of flaws in this performance. I'm surprised people can't hear that.

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  • Wow. I can't believe the negative comments! This is one of only five complete seasons of American Idol that I have watched but Gabby is the best contestant that I've ever seen, by far. She'll have a thousand decisions to make after AI and one or more bad decisions could prevent her from becoming a star but she certainly has ENORMOUS POTENTIAL.

  • I recommend people to watch Maria, the winner of Indonesian Idol 2018, singing this song.

  • Sorry. Others have done better. Will not be a star. Judges use super star too loosely. Lounge act.

  • Beautiful performance! Just one thing.....why is her Mum in a casual tee, for the cameras?

  • The winner.....remember gabby I commented the same when I first heard you and you commented back thanks so much

  • proof that just because someone can hold a tune doesn't mean they are a star. she shouldn't be in the top 5.

  • No.

  • I was born and raised in the South. My wife is from the exact area that this young lady is from. No one there talks like this kid. She is a wanna be southerner. Her phony accent will not do well with country music fans. She can sing, but she is not real.

    • *She's from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania....not the South.* *Generally speaking, when anyone sings a 'country song, they put a little 'southern twang' in it....for good measure.'*


  • Whitney Mariah and Celine songs should just be off limits to contestants on these shows. This was awful. Why do people want to listen to this girl strain??

  • Katy didn't stand because she knows she can't hit those notes.

  • Great to see the trans what have you gone. Judges are annoying this year. Watched Idol every year except this one.

  • OMG!!! Whitney Houston? Seriously?...Prince, Whitney, Carrie, Perfectly harmonize with Jennifer...Why are there so many comments that say Gabby has no versatility?...

  • Her voice sucks and there's no depth in her singing

  • Nah.