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Katy Perry walked off the set of American Idol when celebrity judges voted not to allow Aretha Franklin's granddaughter to move on.

When Grace Franklin, 15, introduced herself and revealed she was related to the Queen of Soul, the judges - Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan - were definitely impressed.

"Stop right there! That's your grandma!?" Richie, 72, said. Luke Bryan, 45, was also in awe.

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"No one knows this about your grandma but I'm going to tell you," said Richie. "When you were walking in the house, you think, 'Oh we gonna talk about music, are we gonna talk about the arrangement?' And she goes, 'Lionel, I've got some collard greens I've made.'"

Richie continued: "You are from a blessed family. I have many messages on my answering machine [from Aretha] that I kept."

"Is it true she kept a little pistol in her purse!?" Katy, 37, asked.

"No, she did keep her purse all the time," Grace said, which Lionel agreed with.

"What's in the purse?" Katy asked, to which Grace replied, "The money."

Aretha was known to keep tens of thousands of dollars in her purse because she didn't trust banks.

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Grace then sang "Killing Me Softly With His Song," but the judges were not moved.

"It was all a little sleepy and subdued to me," Luke said.

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"It was soft," Katy agreed, but she wanted to give Grace another chance. She asked Grace if she had another song to sing, and the teen said she could sing her grandma's song, "Ain't No Way."

Richie then said:

"I'm going to talk to you as Uncle Richie and your grandma talking to me. Her line was, 'If you're not ready for me baby, don't come near me.' Now, you're 15, you've got the family lineage, OK? What we need to do is put time and some work in to get it up to par, OK?'"

Katy begged her co-star to reconsider.

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"Give her a shot, give her a chance. I'm sure Aretha wasn't Aretha when she walked into the room but somebody said 'Yes, I want to work with you, I want to develop you, you've got something!' She's got stardust on her!"

But Richie was not swayed.

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Katy got up and walked off the set:

"I will lay down on the ground, I quit this show! I'm going to the bar. Something wrong with your ears! You all are insane!!"

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Katy Perry is pregnant with her first child at age 35. The "It Takes 2" singer announced the happy news that she and fiancé Orlando Bloom are expecting a baby together in her "Never Worn White" music video, which she dropped on Wednesday night. At the end of the video, the camera panned away and showed Katy cradling her growing bump.

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In an Instagram Live after the video's release, Katy told fans that the baby is due this summer.

"There's a lot that will be happening this summer," she grinned. "Not only will I be giving birth, literally, but also figuratively to something you guys have been waiting for. So let's just call it a double whammy. It's a two-for.

Katy added that she's been struggling with pregnancy cravings, and carries a bottle of hot sauce around with her wherever she goes. She also admitted she's been eating "the same burrito for weeks on end."

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Katy and Orlando plan a June wedding. According to the New York Post's Page Six gossip column, the pair hopes to exchange vows in Japan - a country they both love. However, their dream may not be able to become reality due to the coronavirus spread halting airline travel to Asia.

After announcing her pregnancy, Katy took to Twitter to tell her fans she was "so glad" she didn't have to "suck in" her bump any more, adding: "or carry around a big purse lol."

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