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

Bessie Dean
March 13, 2018

A nervous Benjamin Glaize began his audition with a grilling from judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and country singer Luke Bryan. Sunday night she sang for a different kind of crowd, including HER idol: Katy Perry.

It was still a plus for ABC. The 10 p.m. premiere lost 43 percent of its "Idol" lead-in, but in drawing 6.1 million viewers and a 1.3 in the 18-to-49 demo, "Deception" wiped the floor with NBC's returning sci-fi effort "Timeless" (0.9) and CBS's veteran Beltway potboiler "Madam Secretary" (0.8).

But her sweet demeanor was hiding a killer voice, which she showed off to the judges with a rendition of "I Can't Make You Love Me" as well as her impression of a chicken.

ABC says the Deception premiere was its best scripted bow in the time period since the beginning of Quantico in September of 2015. She gets three yeses.

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But who I'm going with is 16-year-old Alyssa Raghu, who wowed everyone with her cover of Ariana Grande and Nathan Sykes' "Almost is Never Enough".

About two years after "American Idol" aired its "farewell season"...well, it's back.

UC Berkeley civil engineering student William Hung became an instant viral hit when his off-key and clueless version of "She Bangs" won over America, but couldn't get him a golden ticket to Hollywood.

Perry, Richie and Bryan just stared at 26-year-old Koby, who bragged about her musical theater abilities and then had an atrocious audition. With less than two weeks" notice, the network announced it would be pitting O.J. Simpson's unaired 2006 "If I Did It' interview against the premiere. I am really impressed with her songwriting skills. She has such a mature and developed voice. "And we'll see where it all goes". "She don't want you bein' nice, boy!" he barked.

"I really enjoyed meeting you today", Perry told him. It's all good for the brand. Did Alyssa's lovely voice stand out to you?

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