American Idol contestant Hunter Metts breaks down in tears as he messes up song lyrics while performing live on stage

AMERICAN Idol's Hunter Metts wept as he forgot the words during tonight's performance as he belted Falling Slowly by Josh Groban.

The contestant broke down in tears after losing the words towards the end of his performance.

Hunter belted his heart out to the ballad, and when he messed up the ending he was overwhelmed with emotion.

The singer was comforted by show judge Katy Perry, who said: "Hunter, perfection is an illusion. It doesn't matter.

"It shows you are human and vulnerable."

Hunter has been a beloved candidate for the title during season 19, as both the judges and fans have rooted for him throughout.

The rising star previously auditioned for Idol, but was unable to move forward because his sister worked for Disney, ABC's parent company.

Her position was seen as a conflict of interest, but in an effort to help her brother live out his dreams, she resigned.

“This is my third time trying to come to American Idol,” he told the judges earlier this season.

“My first time, [my sister] was currently working at Disney, and it was seen as a conflict of interest. The following year when I expressed interest in doing it again, she quit her job.”

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