Seventeen-year-old Danica Steakley took the audition stage with her father, Lieutenant Dan, a 73-year-old U.S. Navy veteran. While she sang for the judges, Dan played the guitar, all the while quietly cheering his daughter on. As you can imagine, when Luke and Lionel said it wasn’t the right time for her on American Idol, Dan had some thoughts. Though, instead of saying them to their face, he stormed out the door and muttered to himself while cameras followed along.
“Come on, let’s go,” Dan said to Danica while she protested, thinking it was professional to just walk out. “We’re leaving. ‘Oh, I just think you need some more time…’ Why didn’t they just say no right away? I don’t even know any Luke Bryan songs anyway besides ‘Knockin’ Boots.’ Next time I’ll have her audition for The Voice.”
Luke had the best response…
— Luke Bryan (@LukeBryanOnline) February 15, 2021