Waterford native is new American Idol music director; worked with Katy Perry



Catch American Idol on WXYZ Sunday and Monday nights. Ryan Seacrest returned as the host of the series.

A Dodgeville singer/songwriter worked her way through the auditions.

Catie, a 17-year-old high school student from Langhorne, PA, sang an original song on her guitar called "21st Century Machine". In this first episode, we meet potential contestants from New York, Savannah, Los Angeles and New Orleans. The contestants had to get by celebrity judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, and Luke Bryan.

William Casanova, 26, Washington, DC: A woman's shoe salesman, he charmed the judges with his smooth, flirtatious personality, and earned a golden ticket by singing Donny Hathaway's "A Song For You".

The heartfelt performance of the iconic tune had an immediate effect on Perry, who had to fight back tears as Francisco sang. "I'm excited to feel the emotions that made me fall in love with music".

She did, but it wasn't quite enough. "The journey will take us to every corner of this country, with no voice left unheard", she lets viewers know. And now, with their golden tickets in hand, both Turner and Lorenzo are headed to Hollywood! By then, only a handful of the hundreds of hopefuls remain to compete every week for the title of American Idol. I ended that article by saying, "This isn't a goodbye - not really".

Maddie, a 19-year-old college student from Clarksville, IA, sang "Rainbow Connection" from The Muppet Movie, and Lionel insisted they need her on the show.

"The life of a musician has its ups and downs, it's adventurous". Who will win the first season of the new American Idol?

"You're so hot", Katy said. Richie can't seem to get Bultongez out of his head, though, and he brings him back to change his vote to "yes".

"Definitely to record an album".

Gabbii Jones, 20, St. Louis, MO: Her father has given her 30 days to make her dreams of stardom come true, or else she's got to get a job. "Nothing's gonna stop me from pushing toward my dream".

You look at someone like Layla Spring, who's the same age as Alyssa, and it's clear that Layla's young age/lack of experience really showed during her performance, despite having some really nice moments in the song.

American Idol airs Sundays and Mondays at 8/7c on ABC.

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