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

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There was no mistaking the attraction that the "American Idol" judge felt for contestant Trevor Holmes, and she appeared smitten by the handsome singer when he auditioned for Perry and fellow judges Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie during Monday's episode of the revived singing competition.

Season two finalist and CT resident Kimberley Locke gives us a whole recap.

In the March 11 premiere, viewers witnessed talent from all over auditioning in Los Angeles, New York City, Savannah, and New Orleans.

Choosing who you think gave the best audition of the night is very much subjective.


Performing in front of Lionel Richie, meant Julica was performing in front of one of her idols.

The Hollywood Reporter's Daniel Fienberg compared the rebooted version of "American Idol" to the most recent previous seasons, noting it became "warmer and fuzzier and less scathing and mocking with each passing year". ("Koby prepares!" she triumphantly points out to viewers.) The opera-trained 26 year old tanks spectacularly by blowing out the judges' eardrums with her original song "Never Stops".

Benjamin started his performance a bit flustered by the unplanned kiss, and all three judges declined to send him to Hollywood.

Two yeses include 15-year-old Alyssa Raghu, who gets a "top 10" prediction from the judges with her version of an Ariana Grande tune, and 16-year-old Zach Denofrio, who has a high-pitched speaking voice but turns into a Frank Sinatra-type crooner when he sings.


The auditions then head to Nashville, where we meet 16-year-old Harper Grace. "I ran out", she said. Luke was torn, but declined, until he decided he couldn't let Ron go. During his pre-performance interview, the Oklahoma native admitted he had never kissed a girl because he'd never been in a relationship. But Richie said that Seacrest is still the anchor that holds the show together.

"You're so hot", Katy said. The judges are blown away and he gets his golden ticket. Instead, she thought his audition was an imitation, so Katy said he needs more time to develop and it's a "no" from her.

"We really just don't know where you fit in the music industry".

Equally impressive is Dennis' smooth rendition of Allen Stone's "Unaware".


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