A 22-year-old aspiring singer named Kaia Stewart recently decided to start her music career the old-fashioned way: by auditioning. American Idol. To accompany her on guitar, she brought along her dad, a fellow fedora-wearer who also happens to be Eurythmics co-founder Dave Stewart.
In a clip from Kaya Idol In the episode, the celebrity judges quickly get to know Dave, who has done production work for the likes of Mick Jagger, Ringo Starr, and Tom Petty, to name a few. “We were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame together,” judge Lionel Richie said. “I think just being with your daughter is great.”
Meanwhile, fellow judge Katy Perry seemed to be a little put off by the “Nebo Baby” stunt, asking Kaya what we all think: “With all the different opportunities and connections and things, how did you get to American Idol, if this is the right choice? “
“It was a big part of me that was singing my own music,” Kaya replies, before explaining that she will be singing a song she and Dave wrote together. “I think it opened up a whole new world for me.” Richie was pink-blushed by this particularly cryptic response, adding, “It feels really great that this is now a creative destination for artists.” for sure!
Kaya may also have drawn some inspiration from Ava Maeby, daughter of Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, who also auditioned for Idol last year. Stewart performed “This Tattoo,” an original rock song about some unfortunate ink that sounds like it was written by someone who grew up on a lot of Alanis Morissette. It elicits a standing ovation from all three judges, who — spoiler alert — award it unanimously “Yes, you are going to Hollywood!”
Can Kaya’s “sweet dreams” of joining the Nebo Kids Club come true? Be the judge for yourself and watch Kaya and Dave Stewart American Idol less.
Funnily enough, Eurythmics’ #1 hit “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” turned 40 a few weeks ago. That song was included in a rare live performance from the duo last November, when they reunited at the aforementioned Rock Hall Concert.