After singing “Stay” by Rhiannon on Sunday night’s “American Idol,” both George Jenkins High School senior Kimmy Gabriela and duet partner Elyjuh Rene made it to the next round — which airs tonight at 8 on ABC. Kimmy will sing first on tonight’s show in a solo performance in front of a live band. Keep reading to view a video that includes part of her performance:

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This week’s segments were taped in Hollywood several months ago, and two more segments air next Sunday and Monday before production was halted over coronavirus concerns.

“It is a bummer everything has kind of come to a stop but I’m kind of taking it as a vocal rest to take it easy,” Gabriela told The Ledger from her home, where she and her family are self-quarantining. “I’ve been singing so much lately. I’ve been taking the bright side of the situation and I’ve been staying in, getting rest and giving myself a break.”

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FINALLY! I have been DYING to share this experience with you all!!!! This man right here @iamelyjuh is one of the most talented, caring, and beautiful souls I have ever encountered. I could not have asked for a better duet partner!! He brought out the best in me musically, he encouraged me, supported me, we were a real team! Guys I can’t tell you enough how much I admire this man y’all he can SAAAAANG. He has one of those voices that move your soul and I’m so so grateful I had the chance to sing with him. By far the highlight of my Hollywood week experience❤️ in him I found a real friend, and I can’t WAIT to see his musical journey unfold. WE BOTH MADE IT!!! Round 3 of #HollywoodWeek here we come !!!!

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