"A cat with nine lives," is how judge Jennifer Lopez describes Rayvon Owen after his cover of Lady A's "Need You Now"
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http://cdn.playwire.com/bolt/js/zeus/embed.jsAs judge Jennifer Lopez put it, American Idol‘s Rayvon Owen is “a cat with nine lives.”

For the past four episodes, Owen has been one of two contestants in danger of going home. But week by week he skated by – and on Wednesday’s episode, he did it again.

“I’ve had a hard road through this competition and have just been scraping by,” Owen told PEOPLE after the show of being voted into the Top 4 over Tyanna Jones. “It’s bittersweet because I love Tyanna, but I am just so excited and so relieved that I get to perform again next week.”

And Owen, 23, went on to prove why he was worth saving when he took to the stage to perform his rendition of Lady Antebellum‘s “Need You Now.”

“I love when anybody takes a song and makes it their own. I give you props for that,” judge Keith Urban told Owen after the soulful rendition of the country song.

Even harsher judge Harry Connick Jr. – who was recently at the center of Idol drama – was feeling Owen’s performance.

“I thought it was really strong. There is a lot of great music in the world … but nothing substitutes for an earnest young man, like yourself, looking out to whatever you are thinking about and singing a beautiful ballad,” Connick Jr. told the Richmond, Virginia native. “Rayvon, I thought you sang your pants off.”

“I’ve been through that relationship. I’ve made the phone call that I shouldn’t of made so I was able to really connect with the song and I’m glad that that allowed me to be more vulnerable,” Owen told PEOPLE of his performance. “I’m not the craziest person out here, but there is some depth to who I am.”

Owen continued his stellar night later with a rendition of Justin Bieber‘s “Believe,” that had both his mother and Lopez in tears.

“I’m so glad I got to share that moment with my mom,” Owen said. “She’s sacrificed so much for me and I wanted to honor her on such a huge platform.”

See a clip of Owen’s version of “Believe” below: