"You're Top 10", the "Roar" singer tells the 15 year old hopeful. And Lionel hugged her. It's no secret millions tuned in to the original series to see what type of comedic entertainment in the form of a Hollywood hopeful would grace the judges with an unforgettable moment.
"I've known Ryan now for nearly 16 years". Did Alyssa's attractive voice stand out to you? She gets three yeses. When we talk about vocal talents on these singing competition shows, a voice like Alyssa's is what we all hope to find. Now living in Orlando, Sardor informs us that he has "a big range" and can sing "the male part and the female part" of songs. Katy danced with the talented crooner as he sang, and Lionel admitted he was "unique" and "killed it". He strums his battered guitar and sings a star-making rendition of "Unaware" by Allen Stone. ("Koby prepares!" she triumphantly points out to viewers.) The opera-trained 26 year old tanks spectacularly by blowing out the judges' eardrums with her original song "Never Stops".
But her second song was the selling point.
Things took an awkward turn, however, when Holmes responded to one of Perry's questions by calling her "ma'am".
For Catie Turner, what really stood out to me was how intriguing of a songwriter she is.
Thaddeus Johnson, from Oklahoma City, OK: He made it to Hollywood during Season 9 in 2010, but didn't go any further. We get wrapped up in their stories. "Come here, Benjamin. Come here right now!" she said. "You gave my heart a flutter". Katy also called her "dope". She's a senior at Neshaminy High School and a member of the school's choir. 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. The talent tide surged in with Noah Davis, an Arkansas nursing student who dreamed of buying an alpaca once he became the "American Idol". Katy, Luke and Lionel also agreed to send him to Hollywood.
"American Idol" had a solid return to network television Sunday night after a almost two-year hiatus. The panel applauded his ability to make such music from such a bare but beloved instrument, and his golden ticket capped an unexpectedly moving first night.