'American Idol' Reboot Judges Open Up About Reality TV Competition

Angelo Anderson
March 13, 2018

Lionel was "fascinated" by her brain. But if there's a chance for her to showcase another original song in this competition (maybe as soon as Hollywood Week?), then I can see the judges keeping her around for a while. He started playing guitar when he was 16 years old.

Alyssa made all of the hairs on Katy's body stand up, making the pop icon "a believer". During Benjamin's Nashville audition, he admits that he's never kissed a girl before.

"There are incredible voices on the show this year", said Kris Pooley. But she redeems herself in front of the judges, singing an original country song she wrote.

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.

But her second song was the selling point. She's next in line to inherit her family's furniture store, but won't have to if she can make it as a singer. He has an emotional backstory, but fails to immediately wow Perry and Richie with his rendition of James Bay's "Let It Go".

Singer Katy Perry arrives at the 73rd Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills California
Singer Katy Perry arrives at the 73rd Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills

Richie also said their key to success is being themselves and going to bat for the contestants they truly believe have a future in the industry. But while Katy respected his story, she couldn't get a grasp on who he is as an artist. The Florida teen's unexpected take on Frank Sinatra's "The Way You Look Tonight" is so extraordinary that it motivates Katy to her feet and into Zack's arms for a dance. "You gave my heart a flutter".

Maddie, a 19-year-old college student from Clarksville, IA, sang "Rainbow Connection" from The Muppet Movie, and Lionel insisted they need her on the show.

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. She's a senior at Neshaminy High School and a member of the school's choir.

Speaking of wigs, Katy bonds with Arkansas nursing major Noah Davis, 18, who plays piano while belting out Rihanna's "Stay". Katy, Luke and Lionel also agreed to send him to Hollywood. There were more than enough doubters and critics in television land ready to say that it had only been two years since wrapping Season 15 of "American Idol", including a grateful send-off from then-President Barack Obama.

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