Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Laurence Reese

Revamped 'American Idol' reaches more than 10 million viewers

Revamped 'American Idol' reaches more than 10 million viewers

"American Idol" started its comeback Sunday night, as Season 16 of the TV singing contest debuted on its new network, ABC, and we've already witnessed a memorable moment for an Oklahoma contestant.

The first round of auditions were set in New York City and Los Angeles and we saw a lot of golden tickets be handed out right out of the gate.

Ron, a 21-year-old entrepreneur originally from Congo who now resides in Plano, TX, sang "Let It Go" by James Bay. Lionel changes his vote and sends him to Hollywood!

THR adds that Fox "certainly tried to sabotage ABC's plan to relaunch its former flagship". With NBC's The Voice reigning supreme right now, the idea of bringing back Idol was risky, but it might pay off if it can lose just a bit of the cheesiness and focus on the competition at hand. She came in to the audition room with her sister Layla (who was just barely old enough to audition herself) and the two both charmed the judges.

Her next step? Heading back to Nashville. "You've got three different faces". "I don't want the outside world to mess with your lovely brain".

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"Every once in a while, a Martian lands, and we happen to see the Martian", Richie said.

After composing himself, Glaze began his audition singing Nick Jonas's hit "Levels".

"Throughout the years, meeting Paula Abdul, Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, Simon, and opening for bigger bands, like Foghat, I've been able to do some really cool things and I'm pretty proud of myself".

He is followed by the down-to-earth Noah Davis from Royal, Arkansas and he's 18 years old.

Nico Bones, 22, Long Beach, CA. Noah, meanwhile, immediately wins them over with his sparkling personality and his unusual desire to own an alpaca. He took control of the piano with "Stay" by Rhianna. In the words of Katy Perry: "Wig: snatched!" "When we're not compassionate, we get emotional".

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Harper Grace has the unfortunate distinction of being listed as the worst singer of the national anthem under major search engines, but the Texas native was determined to impress in another way with this audition.

The female Top 12 are said to include performers Alyssa Raghunandan, Amelia Harris, Catie Turner, and Effie Passero. That was 6 years ago, so she's a better singer now.

Dennis Lorenzo, 26, Phiadelphia, PA. He strums his battered guitar and sings a star-making rendition of "Unaware" by Allen Stone. She is also the first to receive a golden ticket to Hollywood.

The reboot of the show pulled in a robust audience of 10.3 million viewers during its premiere on ABC Sunday night (March 11), Nielsen reports.

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