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'American Idol': 5 Audition Highlights From the Premiere & More Thoughts

13 March 2018

While the show had seen its share of judges from the original panel of Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul, and Simon Cowell to newcomers like Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey, and Jennifer Lopez, it's safe to say it also had its share of comical moments.

Trevor said that he's now working as a part-time construction worker to support his mom who has lupus, while also pursuing his dreams of being a musician. After much therapy and struggling, he can now walk with crutches.

For Catie Turner, what really stood out to me was how intriguing of a songwriter she is.

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"I've always thought that she was special". 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. Luke is sold on his talent, but Katy and Lionel give him a "no" because they feel he hasn't found his identity yet.

Right now, Hardy is in a band with his brothers and cousins. "I think you were a bit rushed and I think that's because I sped up your BPM of the heartbeat". However, Harper finds her redemption by impressing Lionel, Katy and Luke with both her original tune "Yard Sale" and an acoustic take on Khalid's "Young, Dumb & Broke". Now, that's the kind of country song that I could hear on the radio.

Brandon Diaz, 21, Ashburn, VA: His father emigrated to Cuba as a child and taught Brandon everything he knows about singing. "News" stylist, which was enough to make Best Actress nominees at the Oscars avoid his red-carpet interviews just a week earlier.

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Last, we see 19-year-old socially awkward cashier, Benjamin Glaze. They complied, but Katy slipped and fell. She gets thee yeses and a golden ticket to Hollywood. While the judges originally decided Bultongez didn't have an artistic identity after he sang James Bay's "Let It Go", Richie felt guilty and wound up changing his vote to "yes". 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. She is also the first to receive a golden ticket to Hollywood. The show began with auditions in Orlando in which hopefuls come into a room, perform in front of the three judges, and they decide whether the contestant is worthy to head to Hollywood.

At one point, host Ryan Seacrest explained, "This isn't about getting knocked down, but more about picking yourself back up".

Misha Gontar, 26, Marengo, IL: Originally from the Ukraine, Misha sang a super-catchy but incredibly weird song that featured an "oo-ee-oh/bow bow bow" chant and speed-rapping in what we assume was Ukranian. It was a no.

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Still, the the pricey Idol, the highest-rated and most watched broadcast program last night, dramatically improved ABC's ratings fortunes on Sunday where the network has averaged a 1.0 in 18-49 from 8-10 PM (L+SD).

'American Idol': 5 Audition Highlights From the Premiere & More Thoughts