Sunday, 22 April, 2018


Despite Fox's Counterprogramming: Strong Return for 'American Idol

Despite Fox's Counterprogramming: Strong Return for 'American Idol Despite Fox's Counterprogramming: Strong Return for 'American Idol
Hannah Rogers | 13 March, 2018, 16:18

A star-spangled panoply of schmaltz involving weddings, birthdays, fireworks and flags - not to mention some of the faces of the new season's hopefuls - ushers in Idol's second coming at the top of its two-hour premiere. Luke is sold on his talent, but Katy and Lionel give him a "no" because they feel he hasn't found his identity yet.

Also off to Hollywood are Maddie Poppe, 19, who plucks her guitar while reinterpreting Kermit's Muppet Movie classic "Rainbow Connection", and Ron Bultongez, 21, who hails from Plano, Texas by way of the Congo in Africa.

Trevor Holmes, 27, Thousand Oaks, CA: A construction worker who's had a crush on Katy Perry for years, he bowled the judges over as soon as he walked in: Luke immediately dubbed him a "dreamboat" while Katy said "You're so hot.are you engaged?" She was dead on with her original song, "Yard Sale", which impressed all the panel, particularly Katy, with its distinctive attention to detail. And Lionel hugged her. I thought I was going to be the authority... but, no, no, I am the Kindergarten teacher.

Benjamin started his performance a bit flustered by the unplanned kiss, and all three judges declined to send him to Hollywood. Now 16, this country music singer came into the audition room and performed an original song called "Yard Sale". Katy danced with the talented crooner as he sang, and Lionel admitted he was "unique" and "killed it".

In L.A., we see two polar opposites: sullen rocker Nico Bones and jolly farm boy Noah Davis.

The Nielsen company said Monday that the 10.34 million who watched the return of "American Idol" represented ABC's biggest Sunday night audience with regular series programming since 2012.

Will Katy repeat the act in the upcoming auditions?

That settles that! And given that the judges joked about giving a golden ticket to a 7-year-old to attend Hollywood Week in 2026, this show may actually last forever.

But her sweet demeanor was hiding a killer voice, which she showed off to the judges with a rendition of "I Can't Make You Love Me" as well as her impression of a chicken.

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