After being off the air since 2015, American Idol is back with a new network, new judges, and new talent. The show, which originally aired on Fox, is back on ABC with Luke Bryan, Katy Perry, and Lionel Richie as the judges.
This year's version of the show doesn't spend time on in-fighting between the judges. Instead, they focus on the contestants and their journey. As Luke Bryan says, the show is about contestants' American dreams.
Here are the six highlights of the show's two-hour premiere that aired on March 11th.
17-year-old Turner opened up the show with a quirky bang. The singer, who was unapologetically herself, played an original song. Her song, "21st Century Machine," looked at the way medium impacts young women.
Before this audition, 16-year-old Harper Grace was best-known for being the 11-year-old responsible for the "worst ever National Anthem." Afterward, her pre-teen mess-up won't even be remembered. Her original song charmed the judges, and her voice shined on a cover of Khalid’s “Young, Dumb and Broke.”
18-year-old Noah Davis also charmed the judges. The farm boy and nursing student told the judges that if he wins American Idol, he's going to buy an alpaca. He wowed the judges with his amazing voice.
He also had a connection with Katy Perry, throwing back and forth the slang term "Wig."
“It’s a language that sometimes the kids and I speak. It’s a little bit internet language,” Perry explains about Davis’ comment. “When somebody basically sings really well and they ‘sang,’ they sing so well that the wig flies off. I’ve worn many wigs. Sometimes the glue [on the wig] is not strong enough to hold the vibrations and the wig flies all across the room. That’s when you know you can really ‘sang.'”
Alyssa, who goes by Rhagu, isn't just a daddy's girl. The 15-year-old singer had a gorgeous voice that gave Katy Perry chills.
"I full-body felt what you were singing,” Perry said. “You’re top ten.”
This young man shocked the judges with his surprising voice and a gift for each of them. When the high schooler walked in, he gave each of the judges a pair of socks he'd specifically selected for them. Then Zach shocked with his deep-voiced rendition of "The Way You Look Tonight."
The show closed with Dennis Lorenzo, who accompanied his rendition of "Unaware" with a beat-up guitar. The young father enchanted the judges with his story and his voice.
Stay tuned for more inspiring performances from American Idol on Monday night. In other news, Candace Cameron Bure just shared exciting news about "Fuller House."