If there’s anything we’ve learned from watching years of American Idol, it’s that Hollywood Week is not to be taken lightly. Grueling rehearsals, clashing personalities, and the possibility of your dreams crashing down around you all lead to a pretty stressful environment for the eager contestants.

That said, some of the hopefuls seem more than ready to compete for the semi-finals, including 23-year-old Neco Starr. We first met the personal assistant back in Season 11, where he made it all the way to the Top 42. Now, after showing off his skills with songs by Bruno Mars and Adele, he’s reading to leave a lasting mark on the judges.

When Hollywood Week returns on February 13, an under-the-weather Neco makes a seriously bold move. “You’re taking on Beyonce with an ailing throat,” says Ryan Seacrest. “That’s a challenge.”

“You know, this is a challenge. But I always try to challenge myself.”

Will Neco’s risky move win over the judges? Watch the video below for a sneak peek at his performance, then let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

Want to know if Neco makes it through to the Top 31? Read our spoilers here!


Video courtesy of 19 TV Ltd., FremantleMedia North America, Inc. & FOX