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



The judges also give three yeses - along with some cautionary advice - to 16-year-old Kentucky cutie, Layla Spring, who brings her 7-year-old sister along to the audition. She is singing, "21st Century Machine" that she wrote. "I consider myself the instructor basically". Luke: "You are interesting and brilliant beyond your years". Did Alyssa's handsome voice stand out to you?

Bryan is at his country best with the same contestant, who immigrated from Congo at 10 with an abusive father and is now determined to "break the cycle" as he raises his own son. Luke was torn, but declined, until he decided he couldn't let Ron go. But I don't know how. "I'm watching and thinking, 'Oh, my gosh, I was there 10 years ago'". Only time will tell if that strength will keep her in good stead under heavy competition. Luke then pointed out that "America is going to freak" over him.

For Catie Turner, what really stood out to me was how intriguing of a songwriter she is. So I guess that's what they were going for.

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

The show saves the best for last: 26-year-old Philly native Dennis Lorenzo. Katie: "You definitely have your own distinctive quality in your voice, that is pretty dope".

"Whether you're eight or 88, you feel as if he has been a part of your life", says Rob Mills, SVP of alternative series, specials and late night. Lionel and Katie also say yes. She's a senior at Neshaminy High School and a member of the school's choir.

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"You're not a pop star", Katy confessed, before Lionel noted Koby's voice simply won't work for records.

I have to say, I expected to see something new with this resurrection of American Idol.

"It's a great feeling and you get really addicted to it", Perry said. "We are looking for an idol for popular music, this is unique music, the answer is no". I thought I was going to be the authority... but, no, no, I am the Kindergarten teacher.

The audition tour heads south to Nashville and Harper Grace is the first contestant. When Harper was 11, she became an Internet laughingstock for singing what was considered the "worst national anthem ever". "It's kind of a more sophisticated chord structure, like country mixed with jazz nearly, and I just loved the sound of it".

What did you think of the first round of additions?

Meanwhile, Lionel has been acting as a different sort of judge, as he reportedly admitted to disapproving of his daughter Sofia and her beau Scott Disick's relationship and even banned his daughter's boyfriend from attending a family event.

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Layla Spring is from Kentucky and has an fantastic bond with her little sister, Dyxie. She performed "Rainbow Connection" and impressed the judges. The judges were totally enchanted by him, and he easily secured a golden ticket.

In Perry's case, use that attention to try and get a role as a fairy princess that you have always wanted to play.

Benjamin Glaze, 19, Oklahoma. "But to change the show drastically in terms of format, I think, would be a mistake". I ended that article by saying, "This isn't a goodbye - not really".

He is followed by the down-to-earth Noah Davis from Royal, Arkansas and he's 18 years old.

To be clear: I did not want American Idol back. He took control of the piano with "Stay" by Rhianna. He gets a golden ticket.

She did, but it wasn't quite enough. He claims to be very popular for his singing in Russian Federation. We go out. We look for young, talented people.

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Zach D'Nofrio, 16, Florida. That opening note was awful and of course, the speechless judges did not put him through.

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