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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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Lionel Richie, who turns 72 on June 20, is dating a much younger woman, Lisa Parigi, the owner of lifestyle blog, Dream Design Discover.

Tongues were wagging when an internet user shared an image of Richie cuddling with Parigi. The user captioned the image: "Richie with his new Bae, he's 71 and she's 30, love wins."

Parigi is not exactly "new" -- the couple dated for 5 years before their relationship went public.

According to Heavy.com, Parigi, who grew up in Switzerland, is mixed race (Swiss, Caribbean and Chinese). She speaks four languages: German, French, Schwiizert├╝├╝tsch (Swiss German) and English.

The couple appear to be smitten with each other. Wealthy men like Richie prefer exotic (foreign-born) women because they're submissive, obedient and mind their manners.

Richie is twice divorced and has three children, socialite daughter Sofia Richie, 22, son Miles Richie, 26, and he adopted actress Nicole Richie at age nine.

His fans were shocked to hear that Richie is dating a woman young enough to be his grandchild.

Thanks to plastic surgery and Bigen hair dye, Richie doesn't look a day over 60.

After they went viral, Parigi took to social media to check messy trolls who trash talk about her man's age.
 

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