"I am so happy to stand by his side". The panel applauded his ability to make such music from such a bare but beloved instrument, and his golden ticket capped an unexpectedly moving first night.
Performing in front of Lionel Richie, meant Julica was performing in front of one of her idols.
"Something that I never imagined could've happened to me", says Julica. She's going to Hollywood. At one point, he weighed 390 pounds and considered taking his own life, but instead, he turned himself around and lost 162 pounds and counting.
Lane Hardy, 17, Livingston, LA: A true country boy, he sang "Hurricane" by Band of Heathens and won the judges over with his soulful, gritty style.
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"I really enjoyed meeting you today", Perry said. The GRAMMY victor got up from the judge's table and walked over to Francisco to give him a hug. "And we'll see where it all goes". They complied, but Katy slipped and fell. The premiere for the reboot also saw the return of some "American Idol" alums like Jordin Sparks, Carrie Underwood and Ruben Studdard. Michelle still got a ticket to Hollywood, though. But it was his day job that had the judges fascinated. Luke adds, "You're so easy on the ears". "What if they're missing a toe?" inquired Katy.
The 19-year-old shared a special moment with judge Katy Perry after his confession that he had never been kissed. Last month, a former personal stylist said that the 43-year-old television personality groped and slapped her. 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. The judges are all smitten with Catie, with Lionel referring to her as a wonderful Martian.
On cue, Ryan Seacrest, another familiar face, stares at the camera with tongue planted in cheek, and states, "We're back".
And some of the no's. Katy also called her "dope". It was a no.
Here's everything you need to know about the 2018 American Idol premiere, which kicks off with auditions this Sunday night.