Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Culture | By Stewart Greene

'American Idol' 2018 capitalizes on chemistry, connection, and second chances

'American Idol' 2018 capitalizes on chemistry, connection, and second chances

Well, next time is here a mere two years later, now on ABC with new judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie, as well as returning host Ryan Seacrest, so let's get right into it!

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

Seems like only yesterday when the curtain came down on "Idol" after Fox decided it wanted to take a break from the show, but ABC made a decision to revive the show and introduced a new panel of judges that featured Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryant to spruce things up, CNN reported. The show began with auditions in Orlando in which hopefuls come into a room, perform in front of the three judges, and they decide whether the contestant is worthy to head to Hollywood. More auditions will continue Monday night.

There were also multiple heartwrenching backstories: 22-year-old Ron Bultongez talked about coping with his abusive father.

"I know, wig, I feel that already", Perry said. The auditions were beyond bad, and unfortunately the chemistry between the judges didn't offer a respite from the assault on our ears. The judges believe she has the vocal chops, but want her to prepare herself for the rigors and disappoints of the biz. Who will win the first season of the new American Idol? You can be sure we'll be closely following her story as well!

Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan on "American Idol".

Last, we see 19-year-old socially awkward cashier, Benjamin Glaze.

Nico sings a freaky song about eating worms and pretty much gets an immediate "no" from all the judges.

You can't keep Katy Perry off the dance floor. He admits to the judges that he's never kissed a girl, and gets knocked for a loop when Katy tricks him into a kiss on the lips.

The "Swish Swish" singer continued to hit on Trevor, 27, during his audition, inviting him to hang out with her and asking him if he's engaged - but he does have a girlfriend. Lorenzo's father was murdered when the singer was just five years old, leaving him to be raised by his grandparents.

He auditioned with a cover of Allen Stone's "Unaware", playing a beat up guitar with a hole in its top. "It's not your language it's just for us".

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