American Idol 2018 Premiere Recap: Watch Audition Videos & Highlights

Last September we found out Luke Bryan would complete the judges’ panel on ABC’s reboot of American Idol alongside Lionel Richie and Katy Perry

The new "American Idol", hosted by Ryan Seacrest, airs Sundays and Mondays on ABC at 8 p.m. Auditions continue tonight with judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan. And celebrity judge Katy Perry has found herself in an ongoing property dispute with a group of aging Los Angeles nuns who for some time now have waged a legal battle with the pop star over her purchase of their former convent.

The plan may have worked, according to Nielsen overnight data revealed by Variety.

The "Idol" opening numbers were better than all but two of the telecasts during Fox's final season of the show, including the January 6, 2016 season opener, which was seen by 11 million people, Nielsen said.

As a new age of "American Idol" begins, we look back on some of the best past auditions.

Sunday night she sang for a different kind of crowd, including HER idol: Katy Perry. "The journey will take us to every corner of this country, with no voice left unheard", she lets viewers know.

The Hollywood Reporter's Daniel Fienberg compared the rebooted version of "American Idol" to the most recent previous seasons, noting it became "warmer and fuzzier and less scathing and mocking with each passing year".

Julica writes a lot of her own music and you can find it by searching for her on Youtube.

Kentucky native Layla Spring brought her little sister Dyxie into her audition in front of the judges.

Gabbii Jones, 20, St. Louis, MO: Her father has given her 30 days to make her dreams of stardom come true, or else she's got to get a job. Pair that with his tailor-made-for-Idol backstory - Dennis' dad was killed when he was 5; his grandparents bought him a guitar at a young age; he moved from Philadelphia to Los Angeles and lived in a tent for awhile - and his golden ticket feels nearly inevitable.

A Dodgeville singer/songwriter worked her way through the auditions. But it wasn't enough to send him to Hollywood. "Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan dancing together is everything I didn't know I needed", one viewer tweeted following the debut episode.

A quick trip back to NY, and it's a "yes" for 16-year-old Zach Denofrio, who has a high-pitched speaking voice but turns into a Frank Sinatra-type crooner when he sings. The panel was so completely charmed that Katy Perry issued an advance golden ticket for 2026, allowing Dixie through to Hollywood.

"I've never been in a relationship", he told the trio of judges. Perry got goosebumps from her and called her Top 10 material. "I stand by him", said Frot-Coutaz.

19-year-old socially awkward cashier Benjamin Glaze got the biggest surprise of his life when he kissed Katy Perry, who kissed him on the lips!

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