The premiere for the reboot also saw the return of some "American Idol" alums like Jordin Sparks, Carrie Underwood and Ruben Studdard. Fans took to Twitter during and after the show and many of them had mixed reactions. "They were really nice, but I was star-struck".
The execs at ABC didn't lie awake all night long worrying whether Lionel Richie would be a worthy addition to the "American Idol" judges' panel. She performed her own song titled "21st Century Machine", which received a compliment from Richie. "I really don't know what I would do without my family, my friends and all the other people who support me". That was a B+ audition.
In Los Angeles, Michelle Sussett is the first to try out, and she catches the judges' attention by dancing while belting out a Spanish language song. The group is rounded out with Marcio Donaldson, Michael J. Woodard, Ron Bultongez, and Trevor McBane.
My hope, however, was that ABC's iteration of "American Idol" would find a way - or at least meaningfully attempt to find a way - to overcome those challenges and make viewers care. I remind myself and I'm reminded and I'm inspired by all of their stories. That was another B+ audition. Turner got the first golden ticket of the season.
There, they will face another round of auditions and eliminations.
Next up was Maddie Poppe, singing "The Rainbow Connection" by the Carpenters. "Your back half was much better than your front half, but i love your honesty". His performance of "Unaware" has the judges intrigued, especially because of his impressive falsetto. "I will go back to black hair if this is ever available", Perry says. She also has a 15-year-old sister, Taylor.
"Something that I never imagined could've happened to me", says Julica. This was not a good audition. She is singing an original song that she wrote, "Heartbreak Yard Sale". Perry wants to do as much as she can to make sure there is a big victor so that they might be able to experience some of the success she's had in her life, especially when they first step in front of a massive audience to perform. And this girl argues.
Her next step? Heading back to Nashville. That was a D audition. Grace, who is a homeschool junior, moved to McKinney just over a year ago. So Harper is known as he worst National Anthem singer (keep in mind this was filmed before Fergie's recent rendition).
Alyssa, a 15-year-old high school student Orlando, FL, sang "Almost Is Never Enough" by Ariana Grande featuring Nathan Sykes.
"And so I think it's awesome that I have an opportunity to do the same thing". Hollywood, here she comes.
Layla Spring 16, Marion County, KY. "I just felt like it was going to be a blast to be a part of", he reflects.
According to online ticket reseller VividSeasts.com, which recently released a map of "The Most Popular Artist in Every State" based on ticket data, the country singer is Arkansas' favorite performer. She just needs to grow. They were extremely appreciative, and Katy Perry even put her cat motif socks on her hands before Zach launched into Sinatra. She has a great work ethic.
Singer-songwriter Benjamin Glaze went next, accompanying himself on the guitar. Well he has the name of a star.
Katy Perry is the closest to inheriting Simon's mantle as the honest judge.
Nico Bones is up next singing, "Worms". Well, this was an interesting guy. It was a moment that was about to get even better.
"I can look like a frog".