Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

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

Welcome back,

Erstwhile competition host, Ryan Seacrest [VIDEO], signed on early last spring, but the finalized judging panel of Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie didn't sign on the dotted line to take their seats until the fall a year ago.

Season two finalist and CT resident Kimberley Locke gives us a whole recap.

Young Zach D'Onofrio may not sound like it when he speaks, but he's got a Sinatra-style singing voice that had judge Katy Perry dancing with him-and judges Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie dancing with each other!

The new and improved American Idol focuses on talent and the judges seem to have a softer approach than previous years.

It's been a long American Idol journey and one that's opened a lot of doors for Julica. While the zombie apocalypse drama last week eked out its worst numbers in seven years-you'd have to go all the way back to the fifth episode (Nov. 28, 2010) in order to find an installment of "Walking Dead" that averaged a lower demo delivery than last Sunday's 2.9-AMC's flagship series still beats out everything else on the tube in the target audience.

In the end, even his kiss with Katy wasn't enough to secure him a spot in the next round, as the judges eventually chose to pass on Benjamin.

Katy recently suffered an embarrassing mishap when she forgot the name of her old school friend while appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live. "You gave my heart a flutter".

I left #Venezuela looking for a better future and to help my family nearly 4 years ago. ("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".

American Idol is back to sing another day. He earns a golden ticket, and Katy tells him that her wig was snatched by his audition.

Layla, a 16-year-old high school student from Marion County, KY, performed "Who's Lovin' You" by the Jackson Five. His rendition of Rihanna's "Stay" was so pure and moving that it brought tears, along with big hugs from all the panel.

Alyssa Raghu is only 15, but Katy Perry has already proclaimed her as "Top 10" for the season.

"We don't do that anymore but we still laugh just as much", added Perry. And now, with their golden tickets in hand, both Turner and Lorenzo are headed to Hollywood! The Allen Stone song, "Unaware" could not have been more ideal.

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