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American Idol premiere on ABC is least-watched in history

13 March 2018

While Pooley's focus is on the music, even he and the American Idol band cant help get emotional during touching moments. This time, the show is on ABC instead of Fox, and there's a brand new trio of judges: Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, and Luke Bryant. They also learned about Perry's secret talent of imitating a frog, saw Bryan tune a contestant's guitar, and heard Richie's alpaca trauma.

Our Madison affiliate WKOW 27 News sent her to the front of the line in Chicago for the national auditions, where show producers sent her to Nashville to sing in front of the new American Idol judges. Michelle still got a ticket to Hollywood, though.

Ron, a 21-year-old entrepreneur originally from Congo who now resides in Plano, TX, sang "Let It Go" by James Bay. Lionel Richie approved her as fit for Hollywood because "you're strong", he asserted. She gets three yeses.

The Season 16 "Idol" auditions continue at 7 tonight on ABC. The judges believe she has the vocal chops, but want her to prepare herself for the rigors and disappoints of the biz. "And we'll see where it all goes".

When judge Luke asked hopeful Benjamin if he'd ever kissed a girl and liked it, the youngster replied: "I've never been in a relationship".

A flustered Benjamin needs some water before he can perform, and he then sings a Nick Jonas song. He became Katy Perry's music director and that led to the show. The most successful singing competition show may be on a new network and have a new panel of judges, but it still feels like the same Idol that us diehard fans love so much. Noah, meanwhile, immediately wins them over with his sparkling personality and his unusual desire to own an alpaca.

Alyssa Raghu is only 15, but Katy Perry has already proclaimed her as "Top 10" for the season. As promised, the episode on Sunday did not highlight bad auditions. First was 18-year-old Catie Turner from Langhorne. Pa. Nico Bones had the look of a rock singer, with plenty of attitude, but no sign of talent in his song, "Worms". The judges are blown away and he gets his golden ticket. We've also introduced you to 26-year-old Dennis Lorenzo from West Philadelphia.