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The Death Star No Longer, 'American Idol' Still Draws a Crowd

The Death Star No Longer, 'American Idol' Still Draws a Crowd”

American Idol is back to sing another day.

ABC's American Idol continued its two-night premiere event Monday with two more hours of auditions, and judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie were handing out golden tickets like they were going out of style.

Katy called her "a spectacular songwriter", Luke noted she seems "brilliant beyond her years", and Lionel complimented her by saying it was as if a Martian had landed on earth.

Auditions were held in New York, Nashville, Los Angeles and Orlando. She gets a ticket to Hollywood.

Ron Bultongez is a 22-year-old who emigrated from the Congo 10 years ago. No one really cares about his performance, it's not Top 10 material just yet, but it is enough to leave Katy hot and bothered, so Trevor is moving on to Hollywood. Also intact is the goal of finding a music star - one such as Carrie Underwood, who built a blockbuster career after winning Idol in 2005 and whose voice-over opens the ABC show. Others questioned why the franchise needed to come back at all. None of the judges know what to say, and after a few painful moments, Sardor is thankfully shown the door.

Harper Grace majorly redeemed herself in her audition after being known for a disaster of a National Anthem performance at just 11 years old. She even got a mention for the dirty deed at the time from Good Morning America's Robin Roberts. She auditions with "Never Stops", an original song.

Benjamin Glaze got his first kiss from Katy Perry, and got it memorialized in a photo, but got no golden ticket. A flustered Benjamin needs some water before he can perform, and he then sings a Nick Jonas song.

Similarly, 16-year-old Kentucky waitress Layla Spring also makes the cut, but not before Lionel warns her, "I don't want to give you that opportunity and then you get [to Hollywood] and it destroys you". Katy asked Noah during his audition.

But when he belted out "The Way You Look Tonight" by Frank Sinatra, the judges were amazed by the depth of his sound and the richness in his voice. Noah, meanwhile, immediately wins them over with his sparkling personality and his unusual desire to own an alpaca. His rendition of Rihanna's "Stay" was so pure and moving that it brought tears, along with big hugs from all the panel. "It's not so huge that you pass people you don't know all the time, but it's not so small that you feel like nothing is happening". But his ear-piercing high notes leave the judges speechless - in a bad way.

Julica writes a lot of her own music and you can find it by searching for her on Youtube. She's sensitive to what the contestants have gone through, but Perry also knows that nearly every successful singer started out dealing with hardships - even the three judges.

Zack D'onofrio, 16, and Dennis Lorenzo, 26, are the final two to make it through. The Allen Stone song, "Unaware" could not have been more ideal.



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