'American Idol' singer storms out when duet partner forgets lyrics, Kelsie Dolin makes Lionel Richie cry
That rang true during Sunday's duet episode, which saw some singers punching through artistic barriers and others looking like they wanted to punch their partner.
One pairing that got off to a rocky start was Douglas Mills Jr. and Scarlet, who fittingly named themselves "Mixed Match."
"We are pretty much nothing alike," Scarlet said candidly. "But we get along. So it's a mixed match."
The pair hit a roadblock when Mills Jr. struggled to learn the lyrics to their song "Rewrite the Stars" from "The Greatest Showman."
"It's hard for me to learn songs really quickly," he said. "Those few beginning moments, I just completely blank for some reason."
During one rehearsal close to their performance, Scarlet clearly had had enough, saying she felt "really stressed out" and "overwhelmed." When Mills Jr. forgot the song's lyrics yet again, she appeared to reach her breaking point.
"No. I'm sorry. I'm about to lose it. Can I take this off?" she said, referencing her mic.
After removing her mic, Scarlet stormed out of rehearsal. She said her strong reaction was due to bad past experiences with other singers.
"I am very much used to doing duets and ensembles and trios and stuff, and I had some pretty bad experiences with them," she said. "So when I get stressed about stuff like that, it hits a certain pressure point."
Mills Jr. wandered around the building, asking if anyone had seen Scarlet. Eventually he found her — and the two had a heart-to-heart.
"I separated myself, because I wanted to get myself right so I could come back and fit the puzzle pieces together with you," she said. "We're on the same team. I'm not trying to go against you."
But come showtime, Mills Jr. fumbled the lyrics. The pair persevered through the song — but was it enough to get the judges to send them through to the next round?
"Death by song," Katy Perry quipped.
Luke Bryan also questioned the song choice.
"I don't understand why they're up there singing a song they don't know," he said.
But the judges weren't ready to let them go.
"We remember some moments in the past and how beautiful they were," Perry said. "You are both moving forward."
Scarlet collapsed upon hearing the news, while Mills Jr. broke down in tears.
Kelsie Dolin overcomes shyness for duet, brings Lionel Richie to tears
On the flip side, Kelsie Dolin and Betty Maxwell proved that some duet partners can help each other soar to new heights.
Dolin has been open on the show about her struggles with confidence. During the last episode, she confessed: "At Thanksgiving, when you have turkey or mac and cheese, I guess other people are the main things, and I’d be the mashed potatoes. No one really pays attention to ‘em."
So when the judges paired her with Betty Maxwell, AKA Miss America 2016, they clearly hoped the pageant queen could coax the country crooner out of her shell.
And Maxwell was up for the task, offering gentle guidance to Dolin about harmonies, choreography and, most importantly, confidence.
"It's super important to sound good as a team, but I also want Kelsie to shine on her own," Maxwell said.
Perry also gave Dolin some advice: "You are such a diamond in the rough. And all you've gotta do is shake off that dust."
Still, Dolin didn't seem to be buying it.
"I'm grateful that Katy and Betty believe in me," she said. "I wish I believed in myself too."
But come showtime, Dolin didn't just step out of her shell — she leaped, owning the stage and her impressive vocals like never before. And of course, Maxwell shined bright beside her.
Their duet of Pink's "Just Give Me a Reason" brought Lionel Richie to tears.
"I was worried for a moment because I thought you weren't going to rise to the occasion," he said. "But what you did tonight, you broke through. You were harmonizing and attitude and choreography and who the heck are you now?"
Perry also commended Maxwell for being a mentor.
"You helped draw it out of her, and no matter how far either of you go I think you found something that you can build on for the rest of your life, because you finally believe in yourself," she said.
Maxwell and Dolin were sent to the next round.
Kenedi Anderson, more faves make it through
They weren't the only singers to survive the duet round. Kenedi Anderson, whose platinum-ticket-winning audition has gone viral on YouTube with over 4.8 million views, also made it through, as did soulful security officer Fritz Hager, lovable goofball Leah Marlene, powerhouse belter Nicolina and more.