Waterford native is new American Idol music director; worked with Katy Perry

Earlier, it launched many other singing competition series on its platform.

South Jersey's Mara Justine, an Idol veteran who reached the finals in 2014, will appear in Monday's auditions episode.

Ron, a 21-year-old entrepreneur originally from Congo who now resides in Plano, TX, sang "Let It Go" by James Bay. I ended that article by saying, "This isn't a goodbye - not really".

"I've never been in a relationship", he told the trio of judges.

And while that's a fraction of the audience "Idol" regularly served up back in its mid-aughts heyday, the TV turnout marked a significant upgrade for ABC's Sunday 8-10 p.m. lineup, which season-to-date is averaging just 4.5 million viewers and a 1.0 in the demo.

The female Top 12 are said to include performers Alyssa Raghunandan, Amelia Harris, Catie Turner, and Effie Passero. She auditions with her own song, 21 Century Machine, and it's a really great song. She's obviously got a nice voice and her hyper personality won't be forgotten anytime soon. I think Layla just picked the wrong song.

A quick trip back to NY, and it's a "yes" for 16-year-old Zach Denofrio, who has a high-pitched speaking voice but turns into a Frank Sinatra -type crooner when he sings. But she redeems herself in front of the judges, singing an original country song she wrote.

Perry demonstrated her skill to her fellow judges by protruding her mouth and neck in the manner of a frog. It's crafted perfectly for this genre. "I'm just fascinated with your brain". With everything he's been through, he can use that pain to tell a story in his performances.

American Idol 2018 made it's triumphant return Sunday night with a touching voiceover intro from Carrie Underwood. She sang a rendition of "Almost is Never Enough" by Ariana Grande and finished her audition in tears. The "Swish Swish" singer was quick to show off a weird talent, and we can't stop watching. She performed "Young, Dumb and Broke" by Khalid, and Lionel loved the quality of her voice. But if you don't have cable or an antenna, Sling Television offers a seven-day free trial, and it can get you access to ABC's live programming. It's all good for the brand.

I have no idea what's happening but Nico Bones, who admits he's hungover is ready to audition with "Worms". Did Alyssa's lovely voice stand out to you? He is auditioning with "The Way You Look Tonight", by Frank Sinatra. Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

  • Salvatore Jensen