South Jersey teen moves on to next round on ABC's 'American Idol'

Noah Davis American Idol

Noah Davis on American Idol

She got the "American Idol" judges dancing during her audition on Monday night's episode.

Holding his golden ticket for the next round of the competition in Hollywood, Diaz said, "I never in a million years thought I would be holding one of these in my hands". Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson, and Paula Abdul have been gone for some time, and we now have Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, and Luke Bryan as the judges.

Watson, 17, said she grew up in a town (Apache is in Caddo County) where you know everybody on a first- and last-name basis.

A few moments later, when Trevor responded "Yes, ma'am" to Perry, she replied, "Don't call me ma'am!" "I haven't met anyone from the 2000s!" Just kidding, you totally can, but we will cross that bridge together when we come to it.

"Rissa, you are very talented and I can't wait to see you blooming in front of America", Perry said.

Francisco's powerful backstory and solid rendering of "Isn't She Lovely" on acoustic guitar reduced Perry, a judge, to a puddle of tears.

American Idol contestant Benjamin Glaize, 19, got his first ever kiss after auditioning on the show.

To that end, Perry seems to be sticking to her guns in trying not to be swayed by a contestant's story and promising to be a straight-shooter.

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While he did not receive the coveted ticket to Hollywood, he did get the opportunity to live out his dream of becoming a singer.

Luke Bryan took his seat at the American Idol judge's table, and for two straight hours he doled out advice, praise and nine tickets to Hollywood to Idol hopefuls.

Lionel said it was really good but there were things she needed to tone down.

They were Misha Gontar, a 26-year-old MRI technologist from Marengo, IL; Autumn Woods, a 27-year-old library clerk from Katy, TX; "Hank the Businessman", a 22-year-old delivery driver from Pittsburgh, PA; Neshia Ruffins, a 25-year-old singer from New Orleans; and Jonathan Herman, a 23-year-old content analyst from Austin, TX.

Added Richie: "I love it when you are not thinking about what you are doing".

Construction worker and singer-songwriter Trevor Holmes auditioned next, announcing his crush on Perry right off the bat. I'd rather listen than watch her perform.

Trevor also explained how it all went down between him and Katy. One of the stars launched by "Idol", Kelly Clarkson, is now a panelist on NBC's "The Voice".

Before his audition, Francisco, 25, explained how he moved to Nashville for his music and was hit by a auto, paralyzing him below the waist. Lionel gives David a hug and wisely points out, "If you lose your spirit, you lose everything".

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