Emmy Russell hopes to “climb” to the top of “American Idol” with Miley Cyrus' beautiful cover.

Before Miley Cyrus won GRAMMYs and collaborated with Beyoncé, the “Flowers” singer was the darling of Disney Channel. Cyrus, 31, began her career as the title character Hannah Montana, about a young girl who leads a double life as a pop star. In 2009, the pop star scored her first solo country hit with “The Climb”. Written for Hannah Montana: The Movie, the country-pop ballad, describes life as a difficult but rewarding journey. Emmy Russell—another up-and-coming musician with famous country roots—couldn't have chosen a more apt portrayal of her American idol Trip.

Emmy Russell stuns with “The Climb” on “American Idol”

Recently, 25-year-old Russell decided to heed the words of her late grandmother, country music legend Loretta Lynn. The Tennessee singer-songwriter finally plucked up the courage to give it a try American idol. Their rise to the top 5 was not always easy. She battled nerves and critics on social media — all while finding her place in the Lynn family legacy. Tonight (Sunday, May 12), Russell nailed the theme of Disney night with a blistering cover of Cyrus' “The Climb.”

“Beautiful scream on those high notes, felt honest and connected,” wrote one X/Twitter user. “Her vocal imperfections are perfect and add so much character to the lines. Another lovely offering.”

Luke Bryan talks 'American Idol,' Katy Perry's replacement

The 22nd season is coming to an end, and with it that of Katy Perry American idol Career. The “California Gurls” singer, 39, announced in February that she was planning to leave idol after seven seasons. Since then, social media users have been speculating wildly about who could replace her.

[RELATED: ‘American Idol’ Renewed for 23rd Season Amid Hunt for Katy Perry’s Replacement’]

He doesn't say whether fellow judge Luke Bryan knows anything about his next colleague. “I don't know who her potential successor might be, but it's fun to be a part of it,” the “Knockin' Boots” singer recently said American songwriter. “And I think Katy probably starts world tours and stuff like that every year, so she probably had to make a decision several months in advance to put her plans into action.”

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