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'American Idol' Poll: Is the Show Setting Laine Hardy Up for Success?

15 March 2018

Big sister, who she looks up to, auditions with "Who's Loving You?" which she credits to The Jackson 5 and not Smokey Robinson and The Miracles. Michelle Sussett, who moved to Miami from Venezuela three years ago, is here to entertain. At the top of the episode was 15-year-old Mara Justine, who you may remember from America's Got Talent season 9; she made it all the way to the Top 12 before being eliminated.

The next contestant Andrew Weaver delivered an awesome performance of Ed Sheeran's "Thinking Out Loud", while a young contestant Griffin Tucker, 15, played piano and sang The Beatles' "Lady Madonna". Let's all hope Katy Perry's prediction rings true and that we'll watch our Jersey Girl go far on American Idol!

Rissa Watson, from Apache, Oklahoma, said she started crying that American Idol came back and she hasn't sung for a group larger than 150 people. And while at first it seems like the season was going to be kind to all - quirky Catie Turner earned a golden ticket and brotherly advice from Bryan to stay off Instagram to avoid meanies - we also get Koby, a delusional musical theater performer that chose to audition as if she were running scales. It's cute and fun.

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"Some things you have to do for the business", Lionel announced to the room to make light of the situation. The 27-year-old California native totally stole the spotlight during his audition, along with judge Katy Perry's heart - and it's easy to see why.

"Oh dear god", Bryan exclaimed as Susset received a golden ticket, "There are things a man can't unsee".

"You've got me", Bryan said. He is going to Hollywood. Luke, 41, joked as he and Lionel, 68, rushed over to help Katy get off the ground. His 68-year-old grandmother Honey, yes Honey, supports him.

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This audition was more successful than Poppe's appearance on NBC's "The Voice". She'd had her head down prior to saying that, while Luke grinned awkwardly and Lionel stammered. "We see these kids come in, and their parents have bought them the nicest guitar money can buy".

Of course to close out the competition, we need a heartwrenching story.

David Francisco, 25, Nashville, Tennessee: He moved to Music City to pursue his dreams, but was hit by a vehicle and paralyzed from the waist down. He thought that his life, singing and relationships were over.

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But as I said, the guys took the top spots of the night. After he sang "Don't You Worry Child" by Swedish House Mafia, all three judges gave him a return trip to Hollywood, and Lionel hugged him.

'American Idol' Poll: Is the Show Setting Laine Hardy Up for Success?