Sean "Diddy" Combs always feels at home on a stage.
During Thursday night's (March 10) "American Idol" results show, Diddy-Dirty Money and singer/songwriter Skylar Grey performed a rousing rendition of "Coming Home."
After an introduction by "Idol" host Ryan Seacrest, Grey started the performance seated at a piano, sweetly singing the song's opening refrain. Diddy was then seen center stage, delivering his lyrics in a hushed-but-dramatic tone to loud cheers from the crowd. Dirty Money vocalists Dawn Richard and Kalenna Harper stood atop elevated platforms, flanking Diddy while singing.
Photos of Diddy with his children and snapshots from various periods throughout his career flashed across screens behind the Bad Boy Records CEO while he delivered his autobiographical verses. Some brief dance moves from Diddy during the song's chorus drew more cheers from spectators. The performance closed with Diddy-Dirty Money standing toward the front of the stage and pyrotechnic effects flashing behind them.
After rocking the stage, and at Seacrest's behest, Diddy walked over to the "Idol" contestants and gave them some advice.
"You get out of life what you put into it," Diddy said. "You have to keep on practicing, keep on rehearsing. Never give up believing in your dreams. You guys have made it this far. Keep God first in your life, and don't stop. Don't ever stop."
Diddy then quickly jumped into promo mode, reminding the audience that in April, Diddy-Dirty Money will be embarking on the Coming Home Tour, in support of Last Train to Paris, through May.
Skylar Grey's last nationally televised performance was at the Grammy Awards, where she performed "I Need a Doctor" alongside Dr. Dre and Eminem. Skylar Grey co-wrote the Alex Da Kid produced "Coming Home," Last Train to Paris' fourth single.
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