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

Lawrence Kim
March 13, 2018

The first audition stop is New York City, where the first contestant is a 17-year-old with a guitar and a whole lot of personality.

The 25-year-old Idol hopeful, who walked with the help of two brace-crutches, explained that he moved to Nashville in 2016 in an effort to pursue his dream of becoming a musician, but his efforts were sidelined when he was hit by a vehicle and wound up paralyzed from the waist down. On Sunday night, she performed an original country song and also received approval for Perry, Bryan, and Richie. And Lionel hugged her. Did Alyssa's lovely voice stand out to you?

"Have you kissed a girl and liked it?" But Richie said that Seacrest is still the anchor that holds the show together. Katy danced with the talented crooner as he sang, and Lionel admitted he was "unique" and "killed it". Brandon just wants to make his dad proud and he did, scoring a golden ticket after singing "Unaware" by Allen Stone. The judges never put down people who came down to auditions.

But her second song was the selling point.

Harper Grace majorly redeemed herself in her audition after being known for a disaster of a National Anthem performance at just 11 years old. "I was amazed how she didn't seem to be fazed by the fact that I was in a wheelchair". He has an emotional backstory, but fails to immediately wow Perry and Richie with his rendition of James Bay's "Let It Go".

"You're so hot", Katy said. After he sang "Don't You Worry Child" by Swedish House Mafia, all three judges gave him a return trip to Hollywood, and Lionel hugged him.

But this time, Julica had her biggest supporter with her, her 2-year-old daughter Mikova.

Alyssa Raghu is only 15, but Katy Perry has already proclaimed her as "Top 10" for the season. She's a senior at Neshaminy High School and a member of the school's choir.

"We have moments where we're softies", said Bryan who pointed out that they often feel the contestants' stories and their journeys. The talent tide surged in with Noah Davis, an Arkansas nursing student who dreamed of buying an alpaca once he became the "American Idol". Rather, they tell them that they should try again next time. That gave ABC its most-watched Sunday night in more than five years, beating "60 Minutes" on CBS (9.2 million and 8.5 million viewers); NBC's "American Ninja Warrior" (3.6 million) and "Timeless" (2.96 million); and Fox's "O.J". The judges don't think he's ready for Hollywood, but at least he got a first kiss out of the deal.

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