American Idol 2018 Season Premiere Recap: The Big Return

Luke Bryan Katy Perry and Lionel Richie

And unlike the old days of American Idol, they are focused on talented singers.

ABC's American Idol continued its two-night premiere event Monday with two more hours of auditions, and judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie were handing out golden tickets like they were going out of style.

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. Katy loved him too. She not only impressed the judges with her singing but with her songwriting, performing an original tune. They decide to give him his ticket to Hollywood. But that didn't stop 7-year-old Dyxie Spring. She seems to be screaming more than singing. But she redeems herself in front of the judges, singing an original country song she wrote. With that being said, Harper received three yeses from the judges. "I don't want the outside world to mess with your lovely brain", Bryan urged 17-year-old Catie Turner, a songwriter who admitted people often view her as too "intense". All of the judges love her voice so they vote her through and she has an entire clan waiting for her!

Last, we see 19-year-old socially awkward cashier, Benjamin Glaze. During his pre-performance interview, the Oklahoma native admitted he had never kissed a girl because he'd never been in a relationship.

It looks like Katy Perry has a thing for dark-haired guys with guitars!

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Noah Davis, 18, Royal, Arkansas.

I have no idea what's happening but Nico Bones, who admits he's hungover is ready to audition with "Worms". 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!" As was often the case during the Fox run of American Idol, a few familiar faces will pop up during the auditions.

The worst contestant of the episode, 26-year-old Moscow-native Sardor Milano, claims he was the 2015 victor of X Factor: Russia. That opening note was disgusting and of course, the speechless judges did not put him through. She played guitar and had an indie singer-songwriter vibe.

Dennis, a 26-year-old singer from Philadelphia, PA, performed "Unaware" by Allen Stone. "That was good and so fun", said Katy Perry.

The premiere of ABC's "American Idol" relaunch drew modest ratings by "Idol" standards but solid ones in the context of the general TV landscape.

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