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

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The premiere of ABC's "American Idol" relaunch drew modest ratings by "Idol" standards but solid ones in the context of the general TV landscape. There are 3 celebrity judges for this singing competition (Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie).

We have been following the dreams of our local American Idol hopefuls as they vie for a chance at a golden ticket. She gets a ticket to Hollywood. One noticeable thing about the show is that the auditions have taken place in Nashville, Orlando, New York, but a majority of the contestants have come from red states like Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas.

But their careers didn't end there.

A yes includes 15-year-old Alyssa Raghu, who gets a "top 10" prediction from the judges with her version of an Ariana Grande tune.

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Who was your favorite? She has such a mature and developed voice. Luke is sold on his talent, but Katy and Lionel give him a "no" because they feel he hasn't found his identity yet.

Harper Grace has the unfortunate distinction of being listed as the worst singer of the national anthem under major search engines, but the Texas native was determined to impress in another way with this audition. That was 6 years ago, so she's a better singer now. "I stand by him", said Frot-Coutaz. Lorenzo's father was murdered when the singer was just five years old, leaving him to be raised by his grandparents.

After making her promise to not look at social media because he didn't want "the outside world to mess with" Turner's head, Bryan agreed to push her through.

The other showcased contestants from NY include Maddie Poppe, who sings The Muppet Movie song "Rainbow Connection", and gets three yeses for her "storyteller voice"; and Koby, a 26-year-old musical theater performer from Denver, who belts perhaps the longest, loudest vocal run in Idol history. She let her younger sister sing first just for fun. With that being said, Harper received three yeses from the judges. She auditions with her own song, 21 Century Machine, and it's a really great song. The judges were delighted to send him through. So, did Davis' performance make Perry lose her wig.

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William Casanova, 26, Washington, DC: A woman's shoe salesman, he charmed the judges with his smooth, flirtatious personality, and earned a golden ticket by singing Donny Hathaway's "A Song For You".

Autumn Wood, 27, Katy, TX: The library clerk came in dolled up in what Katy described as "glamazon" style, but her version of "Total Eclipse of the Heart" was freaky: She sounded like Cher with a bad cold.

What did you think of the first round of additions? Spring sang "Who's Loving You" by the Jackson 5.

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