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



"Instead, I will say. until next time". The premiere for the reboot also saw the return of some "American Idol" alums like Jordin Sparks, Carrie Underwood and Ruben Studdard.

Watching a young Kelly Clarkson tell Ryan Seacrest that she was planning on becoming a fashion designer if the whole singing thing didn't work out is shocking now, but no one was more shocked than judges Cowell, Randy Jackson and Paula Abdul during the show's inaugural season.

But when he belted out "The Way You Look Tonight" by Frank Sinatra, the judges were amazed by the depth of his sound and the richness in his voice.

Performing in front of Lionel Richie, meant Julica was performing in front of one of her idols.

"I really enjoyed meeting you today", Perry told him.

She did, but it wasn't quite enough. Lionel was excited to watch Alyssa's journey on the show, and she got three enthusiastic yeses.

"We really just don't know where you fit in the music industry".

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Although Fox kindly bid farewell to its groundbreaking reality competition in May 2016, producers weren't ready to let it go, so they shopped it over to ABC.

American Idol is back!

17-year-old Garrett Jacobs did his grandma, Honey, proud with his audition and even though she couldn't be there in-person, the judges made sure he got her on the phone to hear he was on his way to Hollywood!

"The life of a musician has its ups and downs, it's adventurous". When Glaze leaned in to kiss her cheek, Perry quickly turned her head to achieve lip-to-lip contact, sending Glaze to the ground and delighting fellow judges Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan. The judges were afraid the music industry would eat sweet Layla alive and that she'd be "going into the fire", but they all said "yes" after realizing Layla was strong mentally and had confidence in herself.

Her next step? Heading back to Nashville. "Nothing's gonna stop me from pushing toward my dream". Luke admitted her voice was "easy on the ears", and then Katy boldly added, "You're Top 10".

The show is on Sundays and Mondays from 7-9pm.

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