Season two finalist and CT resident Kimberley Locke gives us a whole recap. There are 3 celebrity judges for this singing competition (Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie). In this first episode, we meet potential contestants from New York, Savannah, Los Angeles and New Orleans.
You may be one of the millions of fans around the country who watched as American Idol launched the careers of many singers over 15 seasons.
There were also multiple heartwrenching backstories: 22-year-old Ron Bultongez talked about coping with his abusive father.
"I've never been in a relationship", he told the trio of judges. When Harper was 11, she became an Internet laughingstock for singing what was considered the "worst national anthem ever". The judges believe she has the vocal chops, but want her to prepare herself for the rigors and disappoints of the biz.
It's the same feedback she got almost 10 years ago, when she made it to Hollywood on the show. Lionel Richie approved her as fit for Hollywood because "you're strong", he asserted. "And we'll see where it all goes".
That settles that! And given that the judges joked about giving a golden ticket to a 7-year-old to attend Hollywood Week in 2026, this show may actually last forever. The judges don't think he's ready for Hollywood, but at least he got a first kiss out of the deal.
After blowing the judges away with his voice, even Cowell admitted he didn't see that performance coming, telling him, "You don't look like a pop star, but you've got a great voice".
Glaze had to request some water to recover his composure enough to sing his audition number, an acoustic rendition of Nick Jonas' "Levels".
Dennis, a 26-year-old singer from Philadelphia, PA, performed "Unaware" by Allen Stone. The Allen Stone song, "Unaware" could not have been more ideal. "There's no dismissing and just sending off and saying, 'You suck.' That's not how we roll".