Welcome back, "American Idol": Luke, Katy & Lionel find talent in four cities

Luke Bryan Katy Perry and Lionel Richie

Luke Bryan Katy Perry and Lionel Richie

At its Season 5 peak, "Idol" averaged a staggering 30.5 million viewers and a 12.5 in the demo, which translates to a now unthinkable 16.3 million adults 18 to 49. "I want to give it a good college fund and raise it with good manners and to be successful in life". Only time will tell if that strength will keep her in good stead under heavy competition.

" "American Idol" is the original and the best", declared Lionel Richie, one of the celebrity judges along with Katy Perry and Luke Bryan.

Nine hopefuls received golden tickets and made it through to the next round, with several of them blowing the panel away - Catie Turner, Alyssa Raghu, Zachary D'Onofrio, and Dennis Lorenzo. I thought I was going to be the authority... but, no, no, I am the Kindergarten teacher. She gets through to Hollywood. The judges passed on him.

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The other showcased contestants from NY include Maddie Poppe, who sings The Muppet Movie song "Rainbow Connection", and gets three yeses for her "storyteller voice"; and Koby, a 26-year-old musical theater performer from Denver, who belts perhaps the longest, loudest vocal run in Idol history. But she redeems herself in front of the judges, singing an original country song she wrote. She had a really strong voice, and she finished her audition in tears. It's crafted perfectly for this genre. "I am so happy to stand by his side". 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.

"We see these kids come in and their parents have bought them the nicest guitar money can buy", Bryan told him".

ABC's American Idol reboot has just premiered, and people are anxious to see how this revived show does. From there, he got a girlfriend, with whom he has a child, and began pursuing his dream.

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"I've never been in a relationship", he said. Auditions were done to enable the vocalists to showcase their talents. In this version of "Idol", the judges went a little over the top as they tried to be nice. This show will teach you: "do not judge any human being on this planet". Lionel and Luke say no. Thank goodness.

What did you think of the first round of additions? Did Alyssa's attractive voice stand out to you?

Layla, a 16-year-old high school student from Marion County, KY, performed "Who's Lovin' You" by the Jackson Five. Vote in our poll below and be sure to sound off in the comments section.

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