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‘American Idol’ Premiered Its New Incarnation On ABC

Jack Tomas

Jack Tomas


Last night American Idol  premiered to our screens after two years off the air only this time it is a much different show. Not only because of new judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry, and Lionel Richie, but because this is a kinder, gentler American Idol. There were some truly atrocious singers that Simon Cowell would have torn to shreds, but from this crew they get a polite no. It’s an entertaining show in general, though I must admit I miss some of the bite of the original.

Catie Turner

Catie is a young girl who is…a bit awkward to say the least. When she came on I didn’t think she stood a chance, especially since she was singing an original which is always a risky move. Not only was the song good, her voice was surprisingly good. She got a golden ticket.

Ron Bultongez

This young man from the Congo was good, but Katy wasn’t convinced. Initially, Lionel said no but then they brought him back and gave him a yes. This poor guy went through a rollercoaster of emotions. Make up your minds, guys.

Maddie Roppe

OK, this one made me tear up. She sang an angelic version of The Rainbow Connection by The Muppets. As anyone who follows us knows…I’m a sucker for puppets. She got a golden ticket.


Oh, dear God. This musical theater nerd claims to be the best musical theater singer in Colorado. I really hope that isn’t the case. It was like listening to a cat being stuffed in a woodchipper. The old Idol would have made this more of a spectacle, but the judges politely showed her the door and then Koby went nuts outside.

Harper Grace

Poor Harper Grace sang a really bad version of the National Anthem when she was 11 that went super viral. Luckily, she was able to redeem herself on American Idol and get three yeses.

Layla Spring

OK, this was just adorable. Layla is a young singer from the middle of Kentucky who came on with her little sister Dyxie. Not only did Layla get a golden ticket, but so did Dyxie…for 2026. I wonder if they’ll really honor it? Layla has a sweet voice but Lionel wonders if she’s going to be eaten alive by the evil music industry.

Benjamin Glaze

Young Benjamin is a young lad with NO game. He thinks he can pick up girls as a cashier at an electronics store. Nope. Anyway, he did not get picked but he did kiss a girl for the first time…Katy Perry. All-in-all I’d call that a win.

Nico Bones

This punk rocker guy showed up hungover, which is very punk rock. He sang the children’s song Worms and did not get through to Hollywood…but the judges thought he was very cool. Except Lionel. Lionel didn’t know what planet he was from.

Noah Davis

Young Noah was in a sneak preview we showed you where he and Katy bonded over their knowledge of the term “wig”, meaning that something so astonishing is about to happen that it’s going to blow your wig off. And it did. His rendition of Rihanna’s Stay was easily one of the best performances of the night.

Alyssa Raghu

Now we’re talking. Alyssa’s voice is unbelievable, she’s pretty, and she certainly has that ‘it’ factor. Not only did she get through, I’m fairly certain she’s making it all the way to the finals.

Sardor Milano

Sardor won The X Factor in Russia a couple of years back but did not impress the judges. He was all over the place. Maybe that impresses in the frozen North but it is not getting passed Katy Perry.

Zach D’Onofrio

When mousy Zach came on the scene distributing socks I thought he was doomed. But then he opened his mouth and out came the voice of Frank Sinatra mixed with Michael Buble. What? He got a golden ticket.

Dennis Lorenzo

This young man has gone from being homeless to getting on American Idol. If that isn’t the American dream I don’t know what is. He came on with a broken guitar and blew the judges away. He could also be a contender.

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