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'American Idol' premiere on ABC gets a relatively strong 10.3 million viewers

13 March 2018, 10:15 | Regina Holmes

“American Idol” judges Lionel Richie Katy Perry and Luke Bryan with host Ryan Seacrest

If Utah is any indication the ‘American Idol’ phenomenon is NOT about to reignite — despite Katy Perry

American Idol returned in style this week with the help of host Ryan Seacrest and new American Idol judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie.

Season two finalist and CT resident Kimberley Locke gives us a whole recap. And celebrity judge Katy Perry has found herself in an ongoing property dispute with a group of aging Los Angeles nuns who for some time now have waged a legal battle with the pop star over her purchase of their former convent. More auditions will continue Monday night.

Ron Bultongez is a 22-year-old who emigrated from the Congo 10 years ago.

"I've never been in a relationship", he announced.

Harper Grace has the unfortunate distinction of being listed as the worst singer of the national anthem under major search engines, but the Texas native was determined to impress in another way with this audition.

American Idol hopefuls including Sadie Stewart 17 of Benjamin Utah cheer for the camera prior to auditions in downtown Provo on Wednesday morning Aug. 23 2017 for the revived show which is moving to AB
Venezeulan refugee living in Sweetwater to sing on 'American Idol'

Who do you think had the best audition of the night? "Your first kiss was Katy Perry". Lionel, Katy and Luke did you hear what the home audience heard? hearing? She gets three yeses.

Lorenzo capped Sunday's episode, telling Seacrest in his interview that he started playing at music when he was 16 because of "some rough things I was dealing with" at the time. The judges were going gaga over Alyssa - and for good reason.

Benjamin Glaze, a 19-year-old singer from Enid, appeared on the Sunday's premiere, and he made an "Idol" memory before he even sang a note: He got kissed by new "Idol" judge Katy Perry. "When we're not compassionate, we get emotional".

A quick trip back to NY, and it's a "yes" for 16-year-old Zach Denofrio, who has a high-pitched speaking voice but turns into a Frank Sinatra-type crooner when he sings.

Koby, a 26-year-old musical theater actress from Denver, CO, was also sent packing after her performance of "Never Stops" by Deerhunter. He strums his battered guitar and sings a star-making rendition of "Unaware" by Allen Stone. You can also live stream on ABC official website (only for viewers located within the U.S. and its territories), HULU or PlayStation Vue.

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