Beyond being the original of its kind, "American Idol" has always been focused most on those staking their lives on fulfilling their dreams of a music career. There are 3 celebrity judges for this singing competition (Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie).
The first American Idol season received a positive response and now the expectations on Idol 2.0 are set high.
With all of the success of NBC's "The Voice" overshadowing it's older, trailblazing singing-competition show, the student became the master. ABC brought the show back to air two years after its final season on Fox.
Auditions were held in New York, Nashville, Los Angeles and Orlando. "We need you in this show", Richie said. She auditions with her own song, 21 Century Machine, and it's a really great song.
Perry commented that she loved "where [Turner's] mind's at", while Bryan said she is "interesting and brilliant beyond [her] years". She has such a mature and developed voice.
Next up is a man who escaped from the Congo with his family when he was only 10 years old. Back to the audition. Luke was torn, but declined, until he decided he couldn't let Ron go.
But when he belted out "The Way You Look Tonight" by Frank Sinatra, the judges were amazed by the depth of his sound and the richness in his voice. These new judges seem to be up for drawing blood as well. "It's pretty special", Bryan shared about his role as a judge alongside Lionel Richie and Katy Perry.
Woods stays in contention as Connors remains in the lead
Woods hasn't won since his seven-shot victory in the Bridgestone Invitational in August 2013. "Very, very loud", Woods said. He's made 10 previous starts on the PGA Tour this season and finished no better than 29th. "I can confirm he's back".
In a freaky move, Richie chose to bring Bultongez back. The judges passed on him.
Maddie Poppe, 19, Clarksville, IA. That earned her three yeses.
Koby, 26, Denver, CO. "I think that getting my original music out there, because I am a singer song writer, I play guitar and multiple instruments", she says. She starts belting it out and it's a bit too theatrical, screamy, over-the-top. Is she worth this much coin?
"I really enjoyed meeting you today", Perry said. The woman embarrasses herself all the way out the door. However, Lionel apparently couldn't get Ron out of his head following the audition, so the panel called Ron back into the room about an hour later and revealed he'd by flying to Hollywood for a second chance. Trevor sang Brett Young's "In Case You Didn't Know", changing the lyrics to "In case you didn't know/Katy, I'm insane 'bout you". "When we're not compassionate, we get emotional". I thought I was going to be the authority... but, no, no, I am the Kindergarten teacher. But I'd give it D. But the judges loved him.
"I should've fought for him", Bryan declared to Richie. Then, of course, he has to sing now.
Nico Bones, 22, Long Beach, CA. Lorenzo's father was murdered when the singer was just five years old, leaving him to be raised by his grandparents.