'American Idol': 5 Audition Highlights From the Premiere & More Thoughts

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

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

It will be interesting to see if American Idol can regain the stature it once had in its early years. It even inspired a New Yorker cartoonist. "There's no dismissing and just sending off and saying, 'You suck.' That's not how we roll". That may all change after her audition which echoed of an older Grace VanderWaal in her original song, "21st Century Machine", which defies the categories of femininity in the current selfie culture.

Aside from the new set of judges, American Idol is pretty much the same.

Yet, this is a man who is a real comeback story! "That's when you know you can really sing". Back to the audition. Ron also plays guitar, and he offers up his spot-on James Bay impression while belting "Let It Go". He has a bit of a crooner's voice, but it's not good.

"I've never been in a relationship", he told the trio of judges. The judges seem uncertain.

Erstwhile competition host, Ryan Seacrest [VIDEO], signed on early last spring, but the finalized judging panel of Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie didn't sign on the dotted line to take their seats until the fall a year ago.

Wow, after saying no and after the commercial, they bring Ron back! And now, with their golden tickets in hand, both Turner and Lorenzo are headed to Hollywood! What unbridled enthusiasm! She also has some serious pipes on her for just 15.

Whether or not you think it's too soon to revive something we just said goodbye to, the new Idol is here and fighting for your attention. The woman embarrasses herself all the way out the door. She sings "Young, Dumb, and Broke", as well and it sounds great as a country vibe. She's off to Hollywood. I love how Lionel imparts wisdom on her to make sure that she's going into the fire and can handle it. He gets an A+ from me and a golden ticket from the judges. She obviously gets three yeses and her pass to Hollywood. The trio listened to various hopefuls auditioning before it was cashier Benjamin Glaze's turn to try his luck.

David Francisco has an inspiring story, but it was the love between him and his fiancé Christie expressed in his song that had judge Katy Perry in tears.

"All I can tell you about the next step is it's incredible and I can't wait for you guys to see it", Alyssa Raghu said. Well, that was interesting and he finishes his audition with a burp! Not only has American Idol moved networks but it's been given a whole new panel of judges. He sings Stay by Rhianna on the piano.

Dennis, a 26-year-old singer from Philadelphia, PA, performed "Unaware" by Allen Stone. Such a nice kid.

Michelle Sussett from Venezuela gave a fun and memorable audition, singing in Spanish and dancing a lot. Her voice is fantastic.

Trevor Holmes, 27, captivated Katy's attention and later revealed that he's had a longtime crush on her, though he now has a girlfriend. With that being said, Harper received three yeses from the judges.

Both Philly-area contestants who made the cut for American Idol's season 16 premiere this week are on to the rebooted competition's next round. What competition did he win?

Two years after the singing contest ended its run on Fox amid dwindling ratings and steep production costs, it's getting the chance to prove itself again in an ABC version debuting 8 p.m. EST Sunday.

America Idol 2018 season 16 has returned with new people in the judging panel. Katy also called her "dope". I like this kid. "I've got two children that they put me with". I didn't get the gold ticket and there is more to life than that, but I feel like I could have done better in my vocals and picked another song.

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